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Although regular care and maintenance will keep your hot water heater functioning at its best throughout its lifetime, even the most meticulously-maintained appliances will eventually wear out. Recognizing the signs that your water heater is reaching the end of its life will give you the advanced warning you need to begin looking for a new water heater and schedule installation well before your current one fails, making this transition a smooth and easy one.

Dirty or Strange-Smelling Water

Hot water that appears dirty or has a strange smell or taste is typically indicative of corrosion buildup in your water heater or your water pipes. If the issue occurs only when you use your hot water, the problem is most likely related to an older water heater in which mineral buildup has covered the interior of the tank. Flushing your water heater regularly will reduce the amount of buildup and the speed with which it accumulates, but it cannot necessarily stop this process altogether. Over time, this buildup will cause the changes you see in your hot water, as well as affect the integrity of the water heater’s tank. Once you experience a leak in the tank, your water heater will definitely need replacement, so talk to your plumber about your water quality as soon as you notice a change to determine if your water heater simply needs cleaning or is reaching the end of its functional lifetime.

Insufficient Hot Water

The purpose of your water heater is to provide the hot water you need for daily use. If you’re experiencing a drop in the temperature or amount of hot water without making any changes to the way you’re using it, this is generally an indication that your water heater is losing efficiency and will need replacement soon. Alternatively, if you are considering a home renovation or addition, or are increasing the number of people living in your home, your current water heater may not be capable of delivering the amount of hot water you need. Your plumber can help you determine your water heater’s capacity and whether it will continue to serve your needs adequately, or whether you may be better off upgrading to a larger water heater or high-efficiency tankless water heater to ensure your household receives sufficient hot water.

If you have questions or concerns about your water heater near Marietta, our plumbing experts have the knowledge and experience you need to determine whether repairs or replacement are best for you. We invite you to click through our website for more details about our heating, cooling, and plumbing services and products or browse through our blog for additional HVAC and plumbing tips and industry information.