4 Signs You Need to Replace your Water Heater

Did you know that one overlooked aspect of your plumbing system is the water heater unit? By that, we don’t mean that your Columbus, Ohio residential plumber is overlooking it. Rather, most homeowners don’t think about it until they see signs that it’s time to replace their water heater.

By then, you’ve probably been experiencing problems that cause you significant frustration. Here are our top four signs to contact a plumber in Columbus, Ohio for water heater replacement ASAP.

1. You’re running out of hot water more quickly than normal.

The first of our four signs you need to replace your water heater is multifaceted. Simply put, if your hot water doesn’t last as long as it used to, it’s a sign that there is a problem. The specific problem can determine whether you replace it ASAP or down the road.

For example, water heaters that are larger than twenty gallons usually have two heating elements. One of those could have malfunctioned. Replacing the element may be possible, or it simply may be most cost-effective to replace your water heater with a more efficient model.

2. You welcomed new family members into your home.

When you purchase a new furnace or central air unit, it needs to be sized for your home. Likewise, your water heater should have enough capacity based on the number of family members who live with you.

So what if you add more loved ones to the mix? Whether you have more kids, begin fostering, or a parent moves in with you, any change to the number of people living in your house may require a new water heater. Otherwise, you’ll run out of hot water not because of a mechanical failure, but simply a lack of capacity.

3. Your water heater is more than 12 years old.

Did you know that a 2023 Ford F150 is more fuel efficient than a 2011 model? Are you wondering how that’s relevant when we’re talking about water heaters?

As of today, it’s been twelve years since 2011. Hard to believe, right? And just as fuel standards have changed in that time, so have water heaters. Twelve years is the typical maximum age of a traditional water heater. If yours was installed before 2011 then it’s time to consider upgrading before your system breaks down and you’re left without hot water.

4. When you drain it, it’s full of sediment.

One task that a residential plumber in Columbus, Ohio can do for area homeowners is drain their water heaters. This should be done every six to twelve months.

Of course, many homeowners go far longer than that, which often results in built-up sediment in the bottom of your tank. The longer the sediment sits, the less efficient your water heater will be. Over time, it will affect system performance. Eventually, it may cross the line of no return. When this happens, it’s time to replace your water heater.

Talk to Yoder Plumber about your new water heater!

If you’ve seen any of these signs that you need to replace your water heater, let us know. The team at R&T Yoder Plumbing is here to help! We’ll update your unit with a newer, more efficient model that is sized correctly for your home.

Call us today at (614) 972-1614 or send us a message here to get an estimate!

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