Water heaters can’t last forever. As such, you might find yours is failing just in time for the cold setting in. There is no worse feeling than not having hot water during this time.
Fortunately, several signs point to a failing water heater. You might also consider tankless water heater installation in Denver as a replacement. Industry expert 5 Star Plumbing Inc. explains why.
When It’s Time to Say Goodbye
Various signs indicate a failing water heater. Perhaps the most obvious question, however, is how old the unit is. Heaters over ten years old are likely to fail due to normal wear and tear.
Determine the heater’s age by looking at its serial number. You can find the manufacturing date on it, but it’s not written conventionally. It might look like this: F051052638.
The “F” stands for the month, and since it’s the sixth letter of the alphabet, it means June. The first two numbers “05” mean “2005.” Many manufacturers use this format, but check their websites for clarification. Not all old heaters need replacing, but they’re not likely to perform as well as they used to.
Listen for loud, uncommon noises as well. The heater should produce its normal sounds during typical operation. But, if there are loud thumps, cracks, and pops, it might indicate the presence of mineral deposits. Also, watch out for any leaks (new or recurring). It might mean it’s time for a replacement.
Consider a Tankless Unit
Speaking of replacements, why not go for a tankless water heater? They’re popular for a reason. Here are a few of the pros: they never run out of the water, they’re more efficient (meaning no standby heat costs), no risk of flooding, and they generally last 5–10 years longer than conventional heaters.
If you’re not keen on the physical advantages, consider the cost in the long run. A new unit can set you back about $200. Over time, however, the cost can be upset by the unit’s efficiency. It can lower water heating costs by about 10–15 percent. Not bad, right? Consider these facts carefully as you look for a new water heater soon.