Your water heater is definitely the kind of appliance that is “out of sight, out of mind.” Unlike a clothes dryer or washing machine, you don’t need to interact with your hot water heater to make it work. This also means that until it breaks down, you are unlikely to pay attention to the signs that your aging water heater may be ready for replacement. If you have had your water heater for more than 15 years, it’s good to be aware of the potential signs that the unit is ready to retire before you have an emergency on your hands.
Signs to Watch for
- Big jump in energy bills – there are a few items that can account for a higher energy bill at this time of year, including whole home air conditioning, but if you’ve taken stock and found that there’s no reason for a sudden rise in your energy bills, it’s time to have an expert take a look at your hot water heater.
- Tepid water – is your water tepid at best? This is a definite sign of a problem with your hot water heater. Sometimes it can mean that the dip tube has broken, but it may also be a sign of an old system breaking down.
- It’s gotten noisy – your water heater is made to operate quietly. If you are hearing strange noises, such as banging, popping or anything else out of the ordinary, it may be time to replace your unit before it breaks down completely.
Work with an Expert
Homeowners have more choices than ever these days when it comes to choosing a new hot water heater, and this is why it’s important to work with an expert right from the start. You may find that a different type of water heater suits your needs better than the type you’ve previously used. The experts at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling can help you choose and install a new water heater for your home in Blue Bell, PA – just give us a call and schedule an appointment!