From taking showers, to cooking meals, and washing clothes and dishes, hot water heaters are essential for performing countless daily tasks in your home. Unfortunately, they don’t last forever.

Hot water heaters can significantly disrupt your everyday life if pushed beyond their lifespan due to usage strain or age of the unit. Even worse, they could spring a leak, or even cause a flood and cost you thousands of dollars in collateral water damage.

That’s why it’s so important for smart homeowners in Harrisonburg, WV to check for the five common signs that your hot water heater needs replacement.

Your Unit is 10 Years Old
A typical water heater lasts between 8-10 years. So if your unit has turned 10, you may be operating on borrowed time and will need a hot water heater replacement. Most homeowners, however, aren’t aware of when their water heater reaches its expiration date. You can try to find the age of your home’s unit by looking at the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker near the top of the unit. Although the first two numbers usually represent the year it was manufactured, we recommend that you check the manufacturer’s website for more information. If you discover that your unit is more than 10 years old, contact the plumbing experts at Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to schedule a hot water heater replacement.

If you don’t maintain your unit or uses a lot of water, your hot water heater could have a shorter lifespan than 10 years. Are you concerned about possible usage strain? Or are you noticing other common signs? Be sure to contact us immediately for a professional inspection.

Your Hot Water is Rusty
If you notice that your hot water is discolored with a rust or dark brown appearance, it could mean that your hot water heater is rusting on the inside and might start leaking. To determine whether your water heater is rusted, you can try turning it off and draining it with an attached hose into large buckets. If the drained water still appears dirty or has a metallic taste, you should replace your water heater as soon as possible.

Your Water Heater is Leaking Water
If your hot water heater’s tank forms cracks, it is a serious problem because water can leak from the unit. A leaking water heater can cause extensive damage. You could be left with soaked carpeting, destruction of personal belongings, or dangerous mold after water is absorbed into your floors and walls.

If you determine that the tank itself is leaking, as opposed to a loose fitting or bad valve, you should turn off the water heater, shut off the water valve to the tank and call the professionals at Blue Mountain as soon as possible. We determine if the leaks can be repaired during the inspection. Alternatively, you may need a hot water heater replacement. Whatever your needs, our plumbing experts will be able to help you with your problem. Simply contact us to get started.

Your Water Heater is Making Noise
Does your unit make banging or rumbling sounds? It could be that sediment has built up at that bottom of your tank. This happens as your hot water heater gets older and the sediment will eventually harden through the continual process of reheating water.

Sediment buildup can cause serious problems. For example, your hot water can become less efficient because it needs to consume more energy to heat water. Plus, this extra time needed to heat water can lead to compromised metal and cracks in your tank.

Noise from your water heater is a common sign that your tank will end up leaking. If your unit is banging or rumbling, it’s time to call the professionals at Blue Mountain. We’ll replace it as soon as possible.

You Need Frequent Repairs
Do you have an older water heater in your Harrisonburg home? Have you had hot water heater repairs more than once over the course of a year? If you answered ‘yes’ to both these questions, it’s likely that you need to replace your water heater. We can inspect your current unit and provide a quote for water heater replacement.

Call the Experts in Harrisonburg for Your Hot Water Heater Replacement
Hundreds of your Harrisonburg neighbors recommend us because of our quality service and work. Our customers continue using our services because we treat their home with care and respect. We are fully licensed, insured and have years of experience in hot water heater replacement services.

Find out if you need water heater maintenance or if replacement service is needed.  Are you seeing any of these common signs with your hot water heater? Don’t delay – call the experts at Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to schedule an estimate for prompt, professional hot water heater replacement.

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