How to Tell if You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

With backyard showers and jumping in the lake not really an option as we get into December, it’s important to make sure you have hot water during the colder part of the year here in southwest Michigan.

To do that, you’ll need to make sure your water heater is in good running condition. Most  water heaters will last between 8 – 12 years. But that depends a lot on the maintenance the unit has received, the quality of the original installation, and the intensity of the use on the unit. If you’re not having your water heater checked every 1-2 years by a licensed professional, you’re flirting with shortening the life of your water heater.

The most common problems that you’ll need to keep an eye out for are:

  1. Any and all leaks from any part of the water heater.
  2. If you hear loud noises, particularly hissing and clanking, call a plumber immediately.
  3. Are you getting shorter windows of hot water? Does it seem like you can’t have hot water during a regular duration shower?

If you do experience these problems, it’s time to call a plumber. You might think that it’s easier and cheaper to replace the water heater unit yourself. However, if you’re thinking about doing that, there are a few things that you’ll want to consider first:

  1. Do you have the tools for the job? Depending on the types of piping that you have, you may have to do some soldering.
  2. How will you dispose of the water heater? Many areas in southwest Michigan like Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, have strict rules about disposal of water heater units. You’ll need to check with your local area before disposing of the unit.
  3. Can you physically handle the water heater? These units are often bulky and very heavy. It’s nice to have an extra hand when removing and installing the new unit.
  4. Finally, do you have the time? Water heater replacement isn’t something that can be done piecemeal over time, you’ll need to have hot water to keep a happy home.

If you have questions about your water heater, give us a call so we can make a recommendation about what should be done. In Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, you don’t want to play around with a water heater during the winter so if you think you might have a problem, just pick up the phone and we’ll be able to give you a free estimate. Don’t worry during the colder months, just call Petro Plumbing and we’ll take the worry off your shoulders; keeping you and your family warm and safe all winter long.