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Is it Time To Replace Your Water Heater?


If we were to ask you what your most important home system is, what would you say? We’ll guess that the first thing that springs to mind is your air conditioning system and that’s probably exactly what your Arizona neighbors would say as well.

Almost as important is your home’s water heater. Think about how many times in a day you rely on hot, running water to complete a task. Whether it’s starting the day off with a hot shower and a pot of coffee, to making dinner at night, a well-functioning hot water heater isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity.

When it’s time to replace your water heater in Phoenix, AZ, it’ll give you some signs that its performance is suffering. Let’s look at 4 of the most obvious ones.

1. Lack of Hot Water

With our desert climate, we don’t take as many hot showers as in other parts of the country. But that doesn’t mean you want a nice, hot shower to turn cold halfway through. Not having enough hot water to complete daily tasks is one of the top reasons to replace an outdated water heater.

You may notice your laundry isn’t getting as clean as it should if your washing machine doesn’t have enough hot water to complete a cycle. Or maybe your dishes aren’t getting as clean. 

2. Age of Water Heater

How old is your water heater? The average tank water heater lasts for 10-15 years. The average tankless water heater can last for a little longer. If yours is in this age range, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement.

You might think, if it’s not broke, why fix it–with the “fix” being a replacement. Well, it’s when a water heater enters this age range that it can really start to have problems. It’ll be costlier to run and you might notice your costs associated with running it have gone up. You’re better off replacing it before it gives out completely.

3. Signs of Rust or Corrosion

When your water looks discolored, reddish, or rusty, it could be a sign that your water heater is corroding. This is more common in older water heaters. Corrosion and rust in a water heater spell an early death. It’s just not possible to halt the corrosion process in its tracks once it starts. 

Once corrosion starts, rust can build up quickly. This is what’s causing the discolored, murky, rust-colored water you’re seeing from your taps. Although it’s not harmful to use for certain activities, rust can damage your appliances. Besides, who really wants to drink or cook with water that’s faintly tinged by rust?

4. Water Leaks

A leaking water heater is one that needs replacement. Even if the leak seems like a small one, you don’t want it to become a major one that ends up causing serious water damage in your home. It’s much more cost-effective to replace a leaking water heater now than to have to pay for water damage remediation later.

Contact the team at AZ Perfect Comfort for water heater services in Phoenix, AZ and Feel the Comfort You’ve Been Missing.

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