The best time to replace your water heater? Before it breaks! Unfortunately, that point in your water heater’s life can arrive out of the blue– many times in the form of a cold shower! Don’t get caught wishing you’d researched water heater options before you needed one immediately. Read on to learn about the top signs to look for when you’re wondering if your water heater is failing.
Warning signs from your water heater
Some telltale signs include that your water heater needs professional TLC include:
Higher water-heating bills;
The water gets hot, but you like it hotter;
The water gets hot, but not for long;
There is enough hot water for one person to shower, but not for multiple showers back-to-back;
The water heater tank sweats, creates water stains or leaks;
Buildup, condensation or corrosion is visible, or the water is rusty;
Mold or mildew growing on or near the tank;
Bubbling or buckling on the surface of the tank, such as its paint;
Sediment inside the tank;
Your water heater or the water itself has a funky odor or color or makes unusual noises.
You should also consider the age of the unit. The life expectancy of an average tank water heater ranges from 7 to 13 years. Nobody wants to be forced into a hasty decision out of necessity, but water heaters don’t have an infinite lifespan. If your water heater is 10 years old or older, don’t wait until it breaks. Start researching your replacement options now.
Consider upgrading your water heater
You can’t truly enjoy home comfort in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan and parts of New Jersey unless you have a dependable supply of hot water. It’s a must-have, from showering and bathing to cooking to washing clothes and dishes and so much more.
If your water heater has seen better days and a repair doesn’t make sense, it may be time for an upgrade. When you become a customer, Rucci offers you options and our experts can help you choose the right one for your home and budget.
Hot trends in water heaters to help you save
In an indirect-fired water heating system, all the water you use in your home is heated by hot water from the boiler. A typical design is a water tank with coiled pipes inside. These coiled pipes connect to your boiler. Hot water from the boiler passes through the coil, which heats up the domestic-use water surrounding it.
Oil-fired water heaters save money and prevent running out of hot water, since heating oil produces the hottest flame of any home heating fuel. This means that a water heater fueled by home heating oil heats water fast. On average, oil-fired units heat water three times faster than gas heaters and five times faster than electric units.
Maintain your water heater with a service plan. Every year, have your water heater inspected by a service technician to keep it in peak operating condition. Ask us about our water heater service plan, which covers you for this annual maintenance.
Rucci is the affordable plumbing and repair service you can trust
At Rucci, we have decades of experience fixing common water heater issues, as well as tackling the most complex jobs. Since the average household spends about 20% of its energy dollars just on heating water, it’s important to choose the water heater that best meets the needs of your family. We can help. If you decide it’s time to upgrade your water heater, Rucci Oil Company is pleased to offer some of the finest water heaters on the market today. Contact us to become a customer or get a free estimate.