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5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Heater or Boiler

Every year, we get calls from homes and offices that need maintenance for their water heaters or boilers.  Often, they haven’t done any maintenance for it, and it needs to be replaced.  At New Pipes Inc., our experienced plumbers in the Paso Robles area have helped many homeowners with maintaining and replacing their water heater or boiler.  There is nothing worse than not knowing that you must replace your water heater or boiler and having to wait or having an unexpected expense.

Quick maintenance tips

Many times, regular maintenance can help your unit last longer and warn you of potential points of vulnerability and it can add years to your water heater.

  1. Schedule inspections
  2. Drain water heaters twice a year to help remove any built-up sediment
  3. Don’t ignore small noises

5 critical signs you need to replace your water heater or boiler

water heater- boiler1. Rusting

Draining can help prolong the life of your unit, however as sediment builds up in your water heater, chemical reactions will occur.  Certain corrosion and rusting will happen, and at this point, it is time to replace your water heater.

2. Failure to dispense hot water

Over time, your boiler can take longer and longer to get to the correct temperature.  This not only results in a waste of water, but also energy.  Because your water heater will need to work twice as hard, your bill will result in an unnecessary increase.

3. Constant leaking

Catching leaks when they first start off can be prevented and does not mean replacement.  However, constant leaking could mean that it is time to trade it in.  A constant leak can mean that there is something more serious and it may not be something a simple caulk job will be able to fix.  You could be increasing your chances of a more serious problem.

4. Small noises are getting louder

Any noise from your unit should be taken under advisement.  This could be built up sediment rolling.  You can clean your water heater, find out more here.  Rolling sediment can also lead to tiny holes and less effective because of the points of vulnerability.

5. It’s simply too old

Yes, no one wants to get rid of something just because it is old.  However, if your unit is more than 12 years old, know that it lived a good life.  A lot has changed in 12 years.  Newer technology has been developed and could end up saving you quite a bit of money.  The typical lifespan of a water heater or boiler is about 8-12 years.  Newer energy efficient units could cut as a tax break too!

Having an old water heater or boiler can be potentially dangerous.  It is important to keep proper documentation of the last inspection and service.  This will let you know the status of your unit.  If you’re not sure if you need a replacement, we can help.  Our trained technicians are trained to see solutions that will work with your budget while fixing your problem.

1 thought on “5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Heater or Boiler”

  1. Sharon Wilson-Smith

    Thanks for pointing out that you should consider replacing your water heater if it’s more than 12 years old because it’s average lifespan is between 8-12 years. With that in mind, I’ll hire a water heater installer soon. Our water heater was installed when my husband and I got married more than 13 years ago. It has been making popping sounds that have been bothering us.

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