How do you know when it’s time to replace the water heater in your Pittsburg, Texas, home? While it’s hard to predict exactly when yours will fail, there are signs to look for that can give you some clues. Every situation is unique. But if your water heater is running out of hot water quickly, breaking down often or leaking, it may be time for a replacement.

Leaking

A leak is a red flag, and it’s important to determine its cause quickly. That said, not every puddle of water is cause for alarm. For instance, condensation can form on the pipes surrounding your water heater and drip onto the floor — this is most common in basements and nothing to worry about.

If you can’t determine the cause of your leak, call a professional. Small leaks rarely stay that way and can lead to catastrophic water damage if not repaired. They’re also sometimes a sign that the inner tank has failed, in which case you need to replace your water heater.

Too Many Repairs

How many times have you called a service technician in the last 12 months? If the answer is more than twice, look into having a new system installed. It won’t serve you well to constantly repair an older water heater that’s prone to breakdowns. A replacement will cost you more upfront but save you money down the road.

Aging

How old is your water heater? Most systems last between 15 and 20 years. If yours has hit the 15-year mark and it’s running out of hot water faster, consider a replacement. Even if you haven’t noticed a huge decrease in hot water volume, an age-related decline is on its way. Once systems are 20 years old, many people choose to go ahead and replace them to avoid the hassle that accompanies a sudden system failure.

Pay attention to these warning signs. If you think it’s time to replace your water heater, give Wood Air Conditioning a call at 903-285-6550.

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