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5 Signs of Water Heater Failure

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water heaters South Berwick, me The water heater, often overlooked, quietly operates in the background of your home, ensuring a steady supply of hot water for bathing, cleaning, and cooking. Its reliability and efficiency make it an indispensable appliance for everyday activities.

It is crucial to give proper attention to your water heater as a water heater failure could result in the inconvenience of dealing with cleanup, home repairs, and the costly replacement process.

By understanding when to replace your water heater, you can allocate ample time to research and carefully plan its replacement. This proactive approach prevents the need to hastily navigate the stressful process in the event of an unexpected water heater failure.

At P. Gagnon & Son, we are dedicated to providing you with a wide range of top-quality, high-efficiency water heaters. Our team of trained and skilled service technicians offers expert water heater installation, maintenance, and repair services for your convenience. With our affordable service plans, you can ensure that your water heater operates at peak performance and energy efficiency while protecting yourself from costly repair bills. Trust us to meet all your water heater needs!

Here are five signs that it’s time to contact us to upgrade to a new, high-efficiency water heater. 

1. Your water heater is 10 years old or older

If your storage-type water heater has reached the 10-year mark, it’s a good idea to start considering a replacement. Typically, these water heaters have an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. By planning ahead, you can ensure uninterrupted access to hot water and avoid unexpected breakdowns.

Are you unsure about the age of your water heater? Use the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker to find out. The first letter in it corresponds to its month of production. The first two numbers are the year it was made. That means if the serial number on your water heater is H092738598, “H” is the eighth letter in the alphabet and corresponds to August, the eighth month of the year. The “14” stands for the year. That means that the water heater was manufactured in August of 2014.  

2. Increased energy costs

Did you know that approximately 20% of a household’s energy usage is devoted to heating water? If you’ve recently observed an inexplicable rise in your energy bills, it might be due to an outdated and inefficient water heater. By upgrading to a modern and efficient water heater, you can significantly reduce your energy expenses while enjoying the same level of comfort and convenience. Take control of your energy costs today!

3. Odd noises

If you notice banging or rumbling noises when your water tank is heating up, it could indicate sediment buildup and solidification at the bottom of the tank.
Unfortunately, this suggests that repairing your water heater might not be possible, and it should be replaced promptly before a tank failure occurs.

4. Rusty water

If you notice rusty water coming out of your faucet when using hot water, it could be a sign of sediment accumulation in your water heater tank. This might indicate a potential failure of the tank. We urge you to get in touch with us promptly.

5. Wet floor around the water heater

Small leaks in your water heater may not always be readily apparent, but they can be identified by the presence of a wet floor or a small puddle near or beneath the unit. It is crucial to reach out to us promptly so that we can conduct a thorough inspection.

With P. Gagnon & Son, you can enjoy the security, comfort, and energy efficiency of a new water heater. Get a FREE estimate today!