Posted on 6/18/2014

Are your utility bills increasing substantially each year? Old water heaters are expensive both to maintain and operate. Oftentimes, it’s better to put that extra money into a new water heater that will give you efficient, reliable performance. For a list of other signs that your water heater needs to be repaired or replaced by a plumbing company, read on.

Water heater maintenance

Stopped Working
If you can’t take a hot shower for much longer than 10 minutes, or the hot water is intermittent, your water heater is probably on it’s way out. If your water heater has reached this point, call a plumbing service to see if the problem can be repaired.

Too Many Plumbing Repairs
In the final years of their lives, water heaters break down frequently. If your water heater is constantly breaking down and your plumbing repair bills are steadily increasing, your money is better spent on a new water heater.

Water Heater is Making Strange Noises
Loud noises coming from the water heater—such as a banging, cracking, or popping noise—indicates the water heater is filled with mineral deposits and sediment. Call a plumbing service to have the water heater drained and cleaned out.

Water is Building Up Around the Tank
If your water heater is leaking, it usually means that mineral buildup has reacted with the steel inside the tank, resulting in corrosion. Over time, corrosion wears out the tank and causes leaking, which is virtually impossible to repair.

It’s More Than 10 Years Old
Old age is a sign that your water heater will stop working pretty soon. Most water heaters last for 10 to 13 years, so if yours is approaching this age and it is already having troubles and requiring regular repairs, replace it right away so you can start saving money with a more efficient model.

For quality plumbing service in the Libertyville area, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc at (847) 549-9600. We have years of experience and have attained accreditation from the Better Business Bureau. Visit our website for more information.