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Is Your Water Heater Doing Its Job?

Written on: October 16, 2023

Keep your showers hot with a water heater from Johnny Prescott!

water heaters concord, nh Your home’s water heater is a workhorse. It’s always there, doing what it’s supposed to do, which is providing you with hot water for bathing, cooking, cleaning, and more.

However, there may come a time when you need to consider replacing your water heater. If you think that time is arriving, Johnny Prescott is here for you with expert installation and service of high-efficiency water heaters for your New Hampshire home.

Now is an ideal time to replace a water heater, as they need to work harder in the winter than the rest of the year. This is because of multiple factors. One of those is that the water coming into your home, either from your well or your public water supply, is colder, meaning it will take more effort for your water heater to heat the water to your desired temperature.

Another factor is increased demand for hot water. You tend to take longer, hotter showers and baths in cold weather. You’re also doing more laundry, as kids may be home from college, you’re hosting holidays, and family and friends are coming for visits.

How do you know if your water heater is not up for the job? We’ve assembled a list of warning signs.

Signs you may need water heater replacement

The age of your water heater: A properly maintained water heater typically has a lifespan of about 10 years. However, it is advisable to consider replacing it once it reaches that age, even if it appears to be functioning well. By investing in a new water heater, you can enjoy improved efficiency and reliability, ultimately leading to cost savings on your energy bills.

Higher energy costs: Did you know that water heating accounts for about 20% of your home’s energy costs? So, if you notice a rise in your energy bills that cannot be attributed to fuel price increases or increased hot water usage, it is possible that your water heater is the culprit. As water heaters age, their efficiency decreases. Upgrading to a new, highly efficient water heater has the potential to save you a significant amount of money in the long run. In fact, a tankless water heater has the potential to cut your water heating energy costs by as much as 40%!

Rusty water: Is there rusty water coming from the faucet when you use hot water? That’s a sign of potential corrosion in your water heater tank. Contact us right away as this may mean tank failure is possible.

Hard water stains: White marks on your silverware and glassware are a telltale sign of hard water stains, often found after running them through the dishwasher. Hard water typically indicates a lime buildup in your tank, which can not only reduce the efficiency of your water heater but also shorten its lifespan.

Odd noises: If you start hearing rumbling or banging noises emanating from your water heater storage tank, chances are it’s due to sediment accumulation within the tank. Disregarding this issue is ill-advised as it can lead to significant problems resulting in tank failure.

Wet spots on floor under or around water heater: Another sign of looming tank failure is water on the floor around the water heater. This is the sign of a leak. Tank failure can damage your home. Contact us immediately for a service call.

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