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When To Replace Your Water Heater

If you woke up and didn’t have hot water, what would it affect? Your morning shower, running your dishwasher after breakfast, throwing in a load of laundry before work? We use hot water daily; and, when your water suddenly goes cold—you run into major inconveniences.

That’s why we here at Dillon Plumbing are here to explain the signs your water heater is headed towards breakdown.

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacing

Your water heater is ten years or older.

The average lifespan of a water heater is eight to ten years. There are two reasons this is the case—normal wear and tear and outdated technology. Water heaters that have worked a full life will cost you loads in repetitive repairs. Additionally, older units are no longer up to current efficiency standards. 

Your water heater’s outdated technology will cost you more in utilities while you receive inadequate heating. Install a new water heater with Dillon Plumbing, and you will start to feel the difference in your home and your wallet.

Your water heater tank is leaking.

If you see pooling water at the base of your water heater, you have a leak. Contact a professional plumber immediately. Small leaks can turn into large floods if they are not addressed in a time-sensitive manner.

Your inlet valve is rusty.

Although your water heater is manufactured to resist rust, it happens. And, when rust starts forming, it will spread and cause leaks. Rust can grow both inside your unit and along the exterior. Although you can’t see if rust is corroding the inside of your unit, you will be able to detect this issue by looking at your water.

If you notice an orange hue to your water and it smells a bit “off”, you have rust building up in your water heater. Contact Dillon Plumbing for a water heater replacement.

Your water heater is making strange sounds.

Apart from the normal rumbling of your unit, your water heater should not make loud popping or whistling noises. This is your unit notifying you that you have sediment building up at the base of your tank. Your water heater must be cleaned annually or accumulating sediment can cause irreparable damage.

Your water is stinky. 

If you smell a rotten egg stench, your anode rod may need replacing. The anode rod is responsible for attracting minerals, extracting them from your water supply. When too many minerals build-up, your water can have an odor. This is luckily a simple fix! Just have a professional plumbing company come to replace your anode rod. 

You have had repair after repair.

There is one simple rule to follow—if you are spending more than 50% of the cost of a new water heater, on repairs, it is time for an upgrade. Purchasing a new unit will actually cost you less in the long run. Contact Dillon Plumbing for your new water heater.

Comparing Water Heater Costs 

If you go to the main DIY stores, you know, the ones in orange and blue, their water heaters are surprisingly cheap (when compared to your local plumbing company). It appears as though you would save loads by purchasing your water heater from one of these stores; however, this is not the case. 

Water heaters from big box stores are not the same quality as the water heaters from plumbing supply houses. Big box stores use thinner glass linings in their water heater tanks, which reduce their lifespan. Your boiler drain will be plastic, not metal, and other products will also be manufactured out of less durable materials. 

Big box installation services are also subpar. Most hired installers are third party companies that can't make it on their own. When installing a new water heater—you want quality. 

Warranties at big box stores are also not ironclad. Many customers struggle to get parts replaced, or their system repaired, with these warranties. When a plumbing company sells you a water heater, you get the peace of mind that your system is in good hands throughout its lifespan, not just through installation. 

For all of your water heater woes, call Dillon Plumbing at (208) 269-9188. We will install your new water heater and perform annual maintenance so you don’t go without hot water again!

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