If you’ve grown accustomed to taking hot showers, it may be a little unsettling to find your water heater malfunctioning. When this happens, you're probably left wondering if your heater needs basic repairs or a full replacement. To help get your hot water back as quickly as possible, here are three signs it’s time to replace your water heater.
3 Times You Should Replace Your Water Heater
1. It's Making Strange Noises
If you hear a banging or rumbling sound as your water heater attempts to warm up your water, you may have sediment buildup on the bottom of your tank. As this sediment hardens, it will affect the water heater’s performance, causing less efficiency and eventually some damage. If you hear any strange noises, call a plumber right away.
2. Dirty or Rusty Water
If the water in your sink or shower looks a little murky or rusty, the water heater may be to blame. If your water heater is rusting, it’s only a matter of time before it starts leaking. Don’t wait, call the plumber to come take a look.
3. Your Water Heater Is Old
Like most things in your house, your water heater is built to last — just not forever. You can find out exactly how old your water heater is by checking the serial number on the manufacture’s sticker. If your water heater isn’t working properly and is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace it.
GNG Plumbing and The Hardware Store provides commercial and residential plumbing services, maintenance, and installation in Orange Beach, AL. With over 30 years of experience, the locally owned company provides quality service to the Orange Beach and Fort Morgan areas. Check their website for service hours (hours change on Memorial Day through Labor Day) or call them at (251) 974-5630.