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Should I Replace My 15 Year Old Water Heater

Oh Good, You’re Finally Going to Replace That Old Water Heater.

Should I Replace My 15 Year Old Water Heater

Plumbing experts, Brandon and Greg Sheck, provided tips on how to extend the life and efficiency of your 15 year older water heater.


Sometimes it’s just not meant to be. In this post, we answer the question: Is it dead, yet?


Maybe.


Noises of a 15 Year Old Water Heater


Banging and bumping sounds from your pipes suggest pipes are being subjected to stress they aren’t designed to take. This could lead to leaks in the near future and you should call your plumber right away. – It’s not dead!


Banging sounds from inside your water heater are likely large mineral deposits breaking off and falling to the bottom of the tank. This means your water is too hard and you are wasting money on inefficiency. – It’s not dead!


Bubbling and gurgling however. If you hear these sounds, shut down your water heater immediately. Call a plumber and get out of the room. Bubbling and gurgling suggest the water inside your heater is boiling. Instead of being an innocent heater, it’s now a pressure cooker ready to explode. Get rid of it. – It’s dead!


“It’s Just a Little Leak”


It’s possible.


“Even a little bit of water coming out of the heater is not normal,” says Greg Sheck, a master plumber who knows what he’s talking about.


So, if you have been telling yourself that the little water, that has become progressively more water even though you are not willing to see it, is just due to your house “settling”, it’s time to admit you have a problem.