February was a particularly cold month in the Chicagoland area, with temperatures dropping as low as 17 degrees! While some days were more tolerable, the nights had us curling up under our comforters.

This is why a constant supply of running hot water is imperative. This isn’t possible if your water heater doesn’t function properly. Showering with cold water in the winter is uncomfortable to say the least.  

Here are four signs that mandate a replacement:

If Your Water Heater Unit is Old

If you can’t recall when you bought your water heater, it’s probably old enough to have outlived its life. If you want to be sure of its manufacturing date, you can look up the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. If it’s more than ten years-old, you need to start looking at new models, as it will likely start malfunctioning soon. If you already know it’s time or you think you may need to replace your water heater unit, contact Hobson Plumbing & Heating today!

Rusty Water

If the water that’s coming out of your plumbing fixtures is brown or rusty, it’s possibly due to the fact that the inside of the water heater has corroded. However, this isn’t all there is to this problem. It won’t be long before the corrosion eats away at the metal, and the water heater unit starts leaking.

Before you get your water heater replaced, you need to be sure that the rusty water is in fact coming from the heater. In order to investigate this, turn on the hot water and fill up a bucket. Repeat the process with cold water and then compare the water. If the hot water is rusty, you likely need a water heater replacement.

Insufficient Heating

You shouldn’t have to wait in the shower for the water to get warm enough or rush through it because the hot water runs out. If your heater is not heating enough water, it’s time to call Hobson Plumbing & Heating. Sediment builds up over time and lines the water heater. This conceals the heat source and water fails to heat up or does too slowly. If the problem persists after repairs, again you likely need a new water heater.

Rumbling Noise

The sediment at the base of the heater gets reheated each time the heater is turned on. This eventually hardens the sediment, which bangs against the sides while the unit is turned on and the water is being heated. This can cause cracks or holes to form in the unit if the problem persists. Even though leaks show up later, the noise is an early giveaway that your water heater needs to be replaced.

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