3 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

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Whether you’re bathing, cleaning, or cooking, your water heater is an essential home appliance. Water heaters don’t last forever, though, so it’s important to know when your Lake Havasu, Arizona, home needs a new one. Look for these three signs that you need a new water heater.

Old Age

Like many household appliances, water heaters have an average lifespan of about 10 years. If yours is more than a decade old, there’s a good chance you’ll need to replace it with a new model in the coming months.

Not sure how old your water heater is? Water heater serial numbers typically start with a letter, followed by a string of numbers. The letter corresponds to the month the water heater was manufactured, and the following two numbers stand for the year. For instance, a serial number starting with A06 means your water heater was made in January 2006. Give Ambient Edge’s water heater experts a call if you need a hand deciphering your serial number.

Loud Noises

Water heaters aren’t always silent, and some of the noises they make just means they’re working normally. Other noises, however, signal that the water heater is on the verge of breaking down.

A rumbling or banging noise indicates that the water heater has extensive sediment buildup inside. Over time, this causes damage and decreases efficiency. When this happens, replacing your old model with a tankless water heater might be a smart move for your household.

Rust-Colored Water

The water that comes out of the faucets in your home should be crystal clear. If it appears brownish or rust-colored, you might have a big problem on your hands.

This is a common sign that there’s significant rust inside your water heater, but it could also mean that your plumbing system has started to rust. Either way, call our team right away to get to the bottom of this potentially dangerous problem.

Do any of these signs look familiar? Call the plumbing professionals at Ambient Edge to learn more about the best water heater options for your home: 928-377-4631.

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