How Do I Know When to Replace My Propane Water Heater?

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Compared to electric water heaters, propane water heaters traditionally last much longer, bringing you comfort and savings along the way. But like any type of mechanical equipment, your water heating unit won’t last forever.

The last thing you want to do is to wait until you have water leaking out of your failed water heater. If that happens, you’ll have fewer options, terrible inconvenience, and it will be more costly to resolve the problem.

That’s why you should be aware of these signs that can indicate your water heater is wearing out.

Age of unit

The life expectancy of an average tank water heater ranges up to 13 years. (The life span is much longer if you have a propane tankless water heater). If your tank water heater is 10 years old or older, don’t wait until it breaks. Start researching your replacement options now.

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Higher bills

If your bills keep getting higher even though not much has changed in your household, your water heater is probably overworking to do its job – and suffering from inefficiency as a result.

Rusty water

If the water is clear from your cold water tap but looks rusty when it comes out of the hot water tap, it usually means your old water heater is corroding. If you start to see rust form on the outside of the tank, there’s not much time left.

Water stains

White stains on your utensils and glassware are common signs of hard (mineral-containing) water. Dry, itchy skin and dull, scratchy clothing are others. Your water supply could be hard to begin with, or the problem could be the result of a long-term build-up of lime in your tank; either way, those minerals will reduce efficiency and shorten the lifespan of your water heater.

Unusual noises

Growling or gurgling noises coming from your storage tank are usually a sure sign of sediment build-up – a problem that eventually leads to costly water heater repairs or a premature replacement if it is not addressed with proper maintenance service.

If you think the time has come to replace your water heater, contact your propane company for advice.