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Spotting Failure: Water Heater Warning Signs 

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At Western Heating, Air, and Plumbing, we know how essential a properly functioning water heater is to your everyday comfort. From a warm shower to clean dishes, it’s a silent hero in your home. That’s why it’s vital to recognize the signs that your water heater may be on the verge of failure. Still trying to figure out where to start? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.   

Understanding Your Water Heater’s Lifespan

The lifespan of a water heater typically ranges from 10 to 15 years. However, factors such as maintenance, usage, and water quality can significantly influence this. A 20-year-old water heater has served you well, but it may be nearing its end. Like all appliances, water heaters also have a best-before date, and exceeding it could lead to issues like leaks or even a complete breakdown.  

Recognizing the Signs of a Failing Water Heater 

Several indicators could signal a failing water heater. Perhaps you’ve noticed you’re hot water isn’t as hot as it used to be or takes longer to warm up. Here are some signs that your water heater might be starting to fail:  

  • Inconsistent water temperature 

  • Running out of hot water more frequently  

  • Strange noises coming from your water heater 

These signs suggest that your water heater needs attention. Remember, your partners at Western are always ready to lend a hand. 

Dealing with Hot Water Issues 

If your water supply is not getting hot despite turning the heater on, it could point to a thermostat issue or a broken heating element. These problems require professional attention for a safe and effective solution. At Western, we specialize in diagnosing and fixing such issues to restore the comfort you’re used to

When and Why to Replace Your Water Heater 

Proactive replacement of your water heater can save you from the inconvenience of sudden failure and the damage it could cause. If you find yourself frequently calling for repairs or your energy bills are unexpectedly high, it might be time for a new water heater. Western can walk you through the process, what to consider, and how to make the best decision for you, your home, and your family.   

What Happens When a Water Heater Fails 

When a water heater fails, it can be more than an inconvenience. It can result in a cold shower, or some cases, pretty extensive water damage. Frequent temperature inconsistencies or an unexplained increase in energy consumption are signs of an impending failure. Western’s experienced team is equipped to help you navigate these challenges safely and efficiently.  

Understanding the signs of a failing water heater and taking timely action can save you from larger headaches down the line. Regular maintenance and periodic checks can extend your water heater’s life and keep your home running smoothly. If you need clarification about your water heater’s health, Western Heating, Air, and Plumbing is just a call away, ready to ensure your comfort and peace of mind.  Call us at (801) 218-2187 or visit WesternHeatingAir.com to schedule your appointment when you’re ready.   

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