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2 Signs You Need To Have A New Water Heater Installed In Your House

When you have an old water heater in your home, you may wonder if it is time to get a new one. However, because it still produces hot water, you may feel that you can wait a few more years since you believe it is working as it should. 

While the appliance may still be producing enough hot water, there could be problems with the tank that cannot be repaired. Below are a couple of signs that it may be time to purchase a new water heater and have a professional install it in your home.

1. Slow Drips From the Tank Start Creating Water Puddles Around the Bottom of the Water Heater

One sign that you need to have a new water heater installed for your house is when you start noticing slow drips coming from the bottom of the tank. While they may seem slow when observing them, these drips will quickly start creating water puddles around the bottom of the appliance. If you are unable to find an obvious source for the drip, such as a loose valve, it is likely that the inner tank is cracked or otherwise damaged and has started to leak. Since this component of the water heater cannot be repaired, you will need to have a new unit installed.

2. Water Turns a Rust Color and Has a Metallic Taste and Odor When It Comes Out of the Faucets

Another sign that you need to have a plumbing professional install a new water heater is when the water starts changing. When you run the hot water, it may have a rust color, and it may have taken on a metallic taste and odor. When you start noticing these signs, the interior of the inner tank has become corroded, and the rust flakes are falling off and leaching into the water. Since the rust and corrosion cannot be reversed, you will need to have a new water heater installed.

When you start noticing slow drips coming from the water heater that create puddles around the bottom, the inner tank of the appliance is most likely cracked or damaged. If you also notice that the water has turned a rust color and has a metallic taste and odor, the inner tank has most likely corroded. Because you will most likely need to purchase a new one to have it installed, contact a plumber who offers water heater installation services to discuss your options.

Contact a local service, such as Efficient Water Heaters Inc, to learn more.