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Hot water represents a modern amenity that society arguably takes for granted. If you are like most people, you spend very little time thinking about hot water until it’s gone.

As a result, water heaters are a must-have appliance. Even though the technology in water heaters has improved dramatically over the years, they don’t last forever.

In the best case scenario, you would spot the signs early and arrange for a replacement before ever feeling the sting of cold water during your next shower. The team at Plumbing Outfitters is ready to help! Here are five signs that it’s time to replace your water heater.

Short-Lived Hot Water 

Imagine you’re up early and turn on the shower to start your day. However, your time under the shower head is limited, as whatever warm water you start with quickly changes from lukewarm to cold. One big sign of a failing water heater is a lower volume of available hot water. While there might be some adjustments to make, the underlying cause is most likely that you need to replace your water heater.

Discolored Water

It is a bad sign if you turn on your faucets or shower and see cloudy, sandy, or rust colored water. It most likely means that the inside of the water heater is rusted. Now is the best time to arrange for a replacement before the tank completely fails and you end up with a flooded basement.

Strange Noises

Water heaters aren’t silent by any measure. However, if you start hearing pings, knocks, or noises other than the pilot light triggering or the flow of water, it might be time to replace the water heater. These odd noises traditionally relate to a build-up of sediment, and the longer you wait to flush the deposit, the harder it is to save the water heater.

Old Water Heater

Water heaters have a relatively defined lifespan of between 10 to 12 years. With every appliance, there are exceptions, but a good time to replace your water heater is before it reaches the end of that period. Plan out your water heater replacement to avoid surprises.

Increased Heating Bills

If you start seeing increases in your heating bills, it could signify that it’s time for a water heater replacement. The water heater is responsible for a significant portion of the energy required to heat your home. Unexplained increases in bills could mean the water heater has become inefficient.

When You Need a Plumber

Plumbing problems such as water heater failures happen at the most inconvenient times. Plumbing Outfitters, serving Austin, Texas, and surrounding communities, is a family-owned company with technicians with more than five decades of total experience in the plumbing profession.

Our team focuses on delivering excellent customer service. We’ll arrive on time and act appropriately, leaving your house as clean as we found it and, most importantly, make your plumbing problems a distant memory. We can help you with faucets, leaks, garbage disposals, drains, gas pipes, toilets, hydro jetting, water purification, and many more. Call us, text us or contact us online to discuss your plumbing challenges.

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