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When to Replace Your Water Heater

A Gas Water Heater Installation at a Home.

Signs your water heater needs to be replaced

One of the most valuable components in your plumbing system is your water heater. Not only does it supply hot water to your bathroom, so you’ll have hot water for your shower or bath, it heats the water for your kitchen tap as well as for your washer, as well as other appliances. When it breaks down and stops heating, it becomes a priority repair.

While maintenance and repairs will keep any appliance or fixture running, whether it’s your toilet or water heater, eventually, as that appliance wears out, it will need to be replaced. How do you know if water heater replacement is an option for you? Most modern water heaters are designed to last about 10 to 12 years, but age isn’t always going to determine whether it’s time to replace your water heater. Here are a few signs you’ll require water heater replacement:

  • Rusty or discolored water: If your hot water looks rusty or discolored, your tank may be deteriorating and rusting, and the rust is getting into the water. If you get rusty water coming out of the cold tap, you may have a problem elsewhere in the plumbing system, possibly in the main line.
  • Tank leaks: While leaks around the water heater’s drain or cold water intake can be repaired, a leak in the tank is a sign of deterioration. Anytime your tank begin to show signs of deterioration, you need to replace your water heater.

In some cases, problems such as discolored water may require repairs, rather than requiring the whole system to be replaced. A failing anode rod can also cause water to become discolored. When you want to find out if you just need a repair, get in touch with Pipe Master Plumbing by calling (931) 215-1693. We can diagnose the problem, make the necessary repairs, or recommend replacing the system.

Installing a new water heater

Once you’ve determined you need a new water heater, the next step in water heater replacement is installation. While you can purchase and install a water heater yourself, we recommend getting help from a professional. Anytime you install a water heater, you’ll need to check with local authorities to see if a permit is needed. Often permits are needed to install the device, and once it’s installed, it will have to pass an inspection before it’s put into use. 

A professional water heater replacement and installation ensures the water heater is installed properly and safely. A poorly installed water heater not only risks your needing costly repairs later on, it’s potentially hazardous. It could lead to the water heater bursting or even exploding.

With any water heater installation, you may be working with either natural gas, propane, or electricity. Any of these elements could be dangerous. If the right precautions aren’t taken with natural gas or propane, you could cause a gas leak, which can lead to other hazards, including explosions. With electrical hook-ups you risk shock or fire. If you do install the water heater yourself, make sure to have a professional inspect the installation for safety. Call us anytime at (931) 215-1693 you need help with a water heater replacement or installation.

Another important decision you’ll need to make when installing a water heater is determining the right size of unit for your household. An undersized unit can create problems including frequent problems with the water not getting hot enough. When you install too small of a system for your household, it puts undue wear and tear on that system. 

When you’re choosing the right size of water heater for your home, you’ll have to determine just how much water your family uses. You’ll also need to know how often and when your family uses the water, or its peak demand. Other considerations to factor in include your home’s square footage. A large home with a lot of appliances and heavy may require a larger system than a smaller home with fewer appliances and less usage. 

A Tankless Water Heater Installed on a Brick Wall.

Going Tankless

If you have a larger family, you may want to consider a tankless system. Not only can you save money with a tankless system, your hot water comes out on demand. Tankless systems make it easier to draw hot water from two or more sources at one time. Because tankless models are generally smaller than tank systems, they also take up much less space. You’ll still need to size the tankless system to make sure it fits with your household.

Schedule An Appointment Today

No matter what type of system you choose, if you need help with water heater replacement or installation in Franklin and Brentwood, TN, make sure to get the help the experienced professionals at Pipe Master Plumbing. You can rely on us for all of your plumbing needs from installing a new water heater to unclogging drains or repairing sewer lines. Schedule an appointment with us by calling (931) 215-1693.