You turn the faucet on your shower, looking forward to the hot water that will warm you on this cool morning in Richmond, Virginia. No matter how long you wait, though, the hot water never comes. It may be time to upgrade your water heater. Watch for these symptoms, and you can upgrade your water heater before you lose too much money or convenience.

You Have an Old System

Over time, your water heater will become less efficient and more prone to damage and disrepair. Most water heaters will run efficiently for about eight to ten years. You may need to replace your water heater earlier if it shows other symptoms, but once your water heater is over a decade old, you should start thinking about an upgrade. Otherwise, you may start paying more in water bills and in repair costs.

Rusty Water

Rust is never a good sign, especially when it comes to your water heater. The steel of your water can handle quite a lot, but it can crumble quickly thanks to its old nemesis: rust. That rust not only contaminates your water, but it also weakens your water heater and makes it more prone to leaks. If you turn on your hot water faucets in your sink or bathtub and rusty water comes out, it’s likely time to upgrade your water heater.

Your Water Heater Is Leaking

There’s no sign that you need a water heater upgrade quite like a leak. As your water heater ages or as rust spreads, leaks are more likely to open in your water heater. Those leaks can spread, causing further damage to your water heater and allowing more water to escape, which in turn increases water bills. If you find water around the base of your water heater, you’ll want to upgrade quickly before you lose too much money.

Your water heater provides convenience and comfort every day, so don’t put off an upgrade if you need one. To upgrade your water heater, call Foster Plumbing & Heating.

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