Is Your Water Heater Getting Old?

Here’s Why You Should Consider Replacing It NOW

As a homeowner, you rely on your water heater for many daily activities—from taking hot showers to washing dishes and doing laundry. But like any other appliance, water heaters only last so long. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it makes sense to consider replacing it now, before you notice any problems. This proactive approach not only prevents inconvenient breakdowns but also offers several long-term benefits.

Signs Your Water Heater May Be Too Old

Not sure if your water heater is past its prime? Look out for these warning signs:

  • Age: If your current water heater is 10 years old (or older), it’s time to start considering a replacement now.
  • Rusty Water: If you notice rusty water coming from your hot water tap, it could be a sign that your tank is corroding from the inside.
  • Odors: An unpleasant smell from your hot water could be a sign that mold, mildew, or bacteria is present in your water heater. Bradford White water heaters now feature Vitraglas® Tank Lining with Microban®, which helps prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew on the surface of the tank lining.
  • Noise: Rumbling, gurgling, or banging noises from your water heater may indicate sediment buildup in the tank, which can lead to inefficiency and damage. If sediment is a concern for you, keep that in mind when you choose a new water heater. For example, Bradford White’s Hydrojet®Total Performance System helps reduce sediment to maximize the life and performance of your water heater.
  • Leaks: Any sign of water leaking around the base of your water heater is a clear indicator that it needs immediate attention. Act now before the leak gets worse.

5 Reasons to Replace Your Water Heater Now

1. Avoid a Sudden Breakdown

Losing hot water is a tremendous inconvenience. Imagine waking up on a cold morning to find that you have no hot water. By replacing your unit proactively, you can schedule the installation at a convenient time, avoiding the stress and hassle of an emergency situation—and the potential of emergency fees from your plumbing professional.

2. Avoid a Big Mess

As your water heater reaches the end of its life, it may begin to leak. Depending where the water heater is located, this leak could cause damage to your home, belongings or property.

3. Give Yourself Time to Choose the Right Water Heater

If you wait until your water heater fails, you’ll likely get a replacement water heater as quickly as possible – basically getting whatever is available to you. But by replacing your water heater now, you give yourself the time to purchase the right water heater for your family’s needs. You can thoroughly research different types of water heaters and choose the one that best fits your needs and budget. Here are some options to consider:

Tankless Water Heaters: Imagine never running out of hot water again! Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, so you’ll have an endless supply of perfectly hot water. Because they only run when hot water is needed, they are exceptionally efficient. They also save you space and have a long lifespan. Learn more about Bradford White’s tankless water heaters here.

Heat Pump Water Heaters: A heat pump water heater uses advanced heat pump technology to transfer existing heat from the air to help heat the water, making them incredibly energy-efficient. Check out the advanced AeroTherm® Series Heat Pump Water Heater from Bradford White.

For more detailed information on tankless water heaters, you can check out this guide. If you’re curious about heat pump water heaters, here’s a comprehensive overview.

4. Save Money on Your Utility Bills

Modern water heaters are designed to be far more energy-efficient than older models. An old water heater can be a significant energy drain, driving up your utility bills. Upgrading to a new, efficient unit can lead to substantial savings over time. In fact, the energy savings alone can often offset the cost of the new water heater within a few years, so your new water heater will essentially pay for itself in energy savings! Check out the super energy efficient, ENERGY STAR® certified water heaters available from Bradford White.

5. Enjoy Improved Performance and Boost Your Home’s Value

A new water heater can provide more consistent and reliable hot water, improving your family’s overall comfort. Additionally, modern units come with advanced features like digital displays and precise temperature controls, offering a better user experience.

If you’re considering selling your home in the near future, a new water heater can also be a selling point. Potential buyers are more likely to be interested in a home with newer, energy-efficient appliances.

Making the Decision

Deciding to replace your water heater proactively can seem like a daunting investment. However, the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial cost. Enhanced efficiency, reduced utility bills, and the peace of mind that comes from preventing unexpected breakdowns make it a wise choice for any homeowner.

If you’re unsure about the state of your water heater, consider having a professional inspect it. An expert can provide valuable insights and help you determine the best course of action. Don’t have a plumber? Search here to find a Bradford White professional in your area.

Final Thoughts

Your water heater is an essential part of your home, and ensuring it operates efficiently is crucial for your comfort and budget. By proactively replacing an aging unit, you can take advantage of modern technology, improve your home’s energy efficiency, and avoid the stress of unexpected breakdowns.

Ready to explore your options? Contact a trusted Bradford White plumbing professional to discuss your needs and find the perfect water heater for your home. It’s an investment that pays off in comfort, savings, and peace of mind.

Microban® antimicrobial product protection helps prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew that may affect the product. The built-in antimicrobial properties do not protect users or others from disease-causing organisms. Microban® is a registered trademark of Microban Products Company.