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4 Signs You Need To Replace Your Water Heater

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It’s easy to overlook the importance of a well-functioning water heater until you’re faced with a cold shower. A failing water heater can be a major inconvenience and disrupt your comfort. 

Identifying the signs of a failing water heater system is essential for replacing it correctly. At Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical, we’re offering $500 off a new water heater replacement until June 30,2024. Call us at 815-444-0979 for additional details. 

In this blog, we’ll cover the most common signs that it’s time for a new one, helping you stay prepared. 

Some of the most common signs include: 

  • Lack of hot water 
  • Water around your water heater tank 
  • Noticeable aging 
  • Abnormal noises and smells 
  • Rusty water 


Inconsistent water temperatures

If you notice a change in your water temperature or pressure, it could be a sign that it’s time to replace your heater. If you have a gas or electric heater, the sudden loss of hot water can be a result of a faulty electric pilot light. 

Your burnt-out heating elements could need a quick fix. But, if there are other underlying issues, it may be time to consider replacing the entire system. 


Leaks and standing water

Finding standing water under your unit is never a good thing. Over time, the steel on your tank will erode, making it vulnerable to major leaks. However, some tanks produce small amounts of condensation that may appear at the base of your tank. That is normal. 

If you suspect a leak in your tank, you should have your unit inspected by a local plumbing service like Black Diamond. 


Aging Units 

Gas and electric water heaters have an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years, while tankless heaters can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years.  The life expectancy of your unit depends on how well-maintained it is.

Annual flushes, drainage, and routine upkeep can keep your unit running efficiently year after year. You never know when your unit is going to give out. Replacing your aging unit will prevent emergent repairs or replacement. 


Frequent repairs 

The last thing you want is your heater failing at an inconvenient time. If your water heater is in need of constant repairs, it’s a good idea to call a plumbing service to replace it. Investing in a newer electric, gas, or tankless water heater can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. 


Black Diamond can repair and replace your water heater. 

At Black Diamond, we’re a reliable plumbing partner who understands the urgency of your situation. Our team of licensed plumbers can diagnose your problems and offer lasting solutions, like replacing your hot water heater tank. 

With our around-the-clock emergency services, we can assist with any water heater issues at any time of day. Call 815-444-0979 to request emergency plumbing repairs, or visit our website to learn more about our plumbing services.

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