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Ask a Sacramento Plumber: When is it time to replace my water heater?

Published on January 28, 2014

If you’re the type of person who doesn’t love change, this article will make you twinge, but listen up. Replacing your water heater when it needs it will not only keep the hot water flowing in your home, but could also save you tons of money by increasing the efficiency of your system. When it really comes down to it, you use your water heater every day so you need to be sure it’s working for you instead of against you.

Here’s what you need to know about getting your water heater replaced with Boyd Plumbing

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

In general, most water heaters last a good 12-15 years. The best way to ensure you that your water heater makes that mark is proper and frequent maintenance. This may extend this time frame depending on your usage and a number of other factors. Understanding this however becomes important when things start to break down: you need to know when “easy repairs” are only holding back a major breakdown.

Here are some of the common signs that you may need to replace your water heater:

  1. Water rapidly changing from hot to cold
  2. Fluctuating water pressure
  3. Frequent leaks
  4. Pools of water surrounding your water heater
  5. Diminished water quality (noticeable rust or sediment)
  6. Frequent audible noise and clanking sounds

At times some of these issues may actually be repairable, but you may find that repairs may prove more costly than a new water heater installation. If your water heater is over 15 years old, you can count on the repairs will only be followed by more frequent repairs and more cash.

We’re ready and waiting to help you resolve your water heater issues today, and we even offer emergency service for those late night or early morning issues. With over a combined 100 years of plumbing experience, Boyd Plumbing will bring the industry’s best practices to the table by presenting you the best options to repair or replace your water heater. Call today, there isn’t a plumbing problem we can’t handle. We do it all!

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