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Icy Showers? It Is Time To Replace Your Water Heater

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It has been a long day and you are really looking forward to hitting the mental “refresh” button with a nice, warm shower. You start the water and wait to see the steam before you step in. Your “Ah,” of relaxation makes a quick switch to a scream though when the water goes from pleasantly warm to abrasively cold.

You hop out of the shower, wrap a towel around yourself, and pick up the phone to call your fast, friendly and reliable Walsh Brothers plumber. But as the phone rings, you start wondering, “Is this a repair call? Or do I need water heater replacement in Aston, PA?”

Too many people brush off the occasional instance of getting blasted by icy cold water as a fluke when in reality it is a sign that something is wrong with their water heater.

In some cases, a water heater that is struggling to do its job properly may simply need repairs. However, this is also an issue that could signal a need to replace this vital home system.

The question is, how do you know which one it is?

Signs You Need a New Water Heater

There are a few key indicators to watch for that will let you know when the time has come to invest in a new water heater.

  • Old Age: Much like most home systems, your water heater will become less efficient with age until it finally gets too old to function almost at all. If a water heater is 10 years old or more, it is very likely that you should consider replacing it.
  • Rusty Water: When you turn on the faucet to get some hot water to wash your face and the water comes out a rusty color, you probably aren’t going to touch it. Rusty-colored water is an indicator of rust within your water heater. If your water heater is rusting then it is likely to start leaking too. The presence of rust is a big indicator that you need a new system.
  • A Lack of Hot Water: A build-up of sediment in your water heater that occurs over time will make it hard for your water heater to do its job, resulting in less hot water, or none at all. If you have noticed you have less hot water each day, it is likely that you should call a plumber to see if you need to replace your unit.
  • A Leaking Unit: Have you noticed that your water pressure has been lower than normal? This could mean that your water heater has a leak and, unfortunately, a leak is a death sentence for any water heating system.

We know that replacing your water heater is a big, and expensive, decision. When the time comes to make this jump, you want to make sure that the person who is going to install and maintain your new one is someone you can rely on.

When you work with Walsh Brothers Plumbing and Mechanical Services, Inc. you get the peace of mind of knowing that our services are always fast friendly and reliable.

Contact Walsh Brothers Plumbing and Mechanical Services, Inc. to set up your next plumbing appointment today. Serving Delaware County, Main Line, and the Philadelphia Area.

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