Do You Need A New Hot Water Tank?

Posted on: 1 August 2019

If you have a hot water heater with a tank, it's important that you take good care of it from the very start. This means having it installed by qualified professionals and then following a regular maintenance schedule as recommended by those professionals.

Taking this kind of care with your hot water tank should reduce the risk that you'll have to replace it or pay for repairs in the near future. However, though, repairs and problems do sometimes pop up, even with good care. For that reason, it's important to know the warning signs of a failing or troubled hot water heater, signs that could mean you'll need a new one installed.

Old Age

It's important to know the age of your water heater and its tank. If you bought it new, you can count its age from the day you got it installed. For used models, you may have to do some research and digging to determine how old they are.

While some water heaters can last for a very long time, most won't last for more than a decade or so. If yours is well past its warranty or well past the ten-year mark, then you may want to look into getting a new one installed.

Even if your water heater is acting fine, it's best to avoid a potential problem. Plus, a newer model is likely to be more energy efficient and up to date, which is an added bonus of getting a new heater and tank.

Discolored Water

Sometimes, when there are problems with your water heater and the tank, you'll get one very disturbing warning sign: discolored water.

If your water suddenly starts coming out rusty looking and discolored, discontinue using it and call on professionals to take a look. All kinds of issues, such as corrosion or improper setup, can cause this issue.

In some cases, it may be an easy fix. Other times, however, it might mean that you need to get a new heater and/or tank installed.


One final thing to look out for is pooling water around your hot water heater.

If there is water, have your tank inspected for cracks and holes that could be letting water out. While you may be able to get these sealed, that's usually just a temporary fix at best.

Most of the time, the leaking will continue until you opt for a new tank.

No one likes investing in a new hot water heater and tank. However, when certain problems come up, it's a must. The key is to catch these issues early on so that you don't have a disaster on your hands, and so that you have time to prepare for the expense of a new setup.

For more information, you will want to contact a company such as Silverdale Plumbing & Heating Inc.


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