As those of us living in the Chicagoland area know, winter can be brutal. Frigid temperatures, icy roads, and snow-covered driveways can really put a damper on the season. One of the most satisfying escapes from this chilly time of year is a nice, hot shower. However, a poorly functioning water heater can really ruin your morning when you’re expecting a torrent of hot water and instead get chilled to the bone by lukewarm water. If that thought isn’t enough motivation to consider whether your water heater is ready to make it through another Chicago winter, here are a few more reasons why you might want to consider replacing your water heater.
It’s Not Heating Your Water Properly
This should be pretty obvious. If your water heater is not heating up your water, it likely needs to be replaced. If it is heating up your water, but not doing so consistently, it also should be checked out. In either case, a qualified Service 1 technician will come out and take a look, and honestly, tell you whether it’s a quick fix or if you’ll need a whole new water heater.
Even with proper maintenance, a typical water heater is unlikely to last more than eight or ten years. If you’d had your current water heater for a decade or more, it’s definitely about time to upgrade to a newer model. Old water heaters are prone to problems, such as leaks, even when they seem to be working just fine.
Your Water is Discolored
The insides of older water heaters will often rust, meaning your hot water itself will be rusty. If you notice this, your water heater is likely nearing the end of its life. Rust also can be an indication that your water heater might soon start to leak.
You Hear Unusual Noises
Over the life of a water heater, sediment builds up inside the tank. Eventually, this hardens and can start causing trouble within your water heater. If you notice your water heater making loud popping or cracking noises, it is probably about time to be replaced. Not replacing your water heater at this point will mean it will probably be running less efficiently and that it may start leaking as well.
It Doesn’t Produce Enough Hot Water
The tank sizes of water heaters vary, so some water heaters just might not be appropriate for your family. Since hot water is used by every family member throughout the day, your water heater gets a lot of use. If you are consistently running out of hot water, such as when everyone takes their showers, you may simply need to upgrade to a new water heater with a larger tank size to accommodate the needs of your family.
If your water heater needs to be fixed or replaced, don’t hesitate to give Service 1 Plumbing, Heating, and AC a call at (815) 694-0022 or schedule an appointment online. We will send a technician out to assess the problem and resolve it speedily, with no additional charge for night and weekend calls.