Many homeowners go through phases of replacing their appliances, especially if they’re completing a home remodel. You can usually tell when you’ve gotten all the use you can out of your stove, refrigerator, or washing machine, but what about your hot water heater? Most manufacturers suggest replacing your water heater every 8 to 12 years, but with proper efficiency and maintenance, it could last a few years more. However, if you start noticing problems with your water heater, it could be smarter to replace it than spend more money repairing and maintaining it. At Gladiator Plumbing & Repipe in San Jose, we can inspect your water heater and suggest whether or not a new one is a good idea.

With hot water heaters, it’s often “out of sight, out of mind.” It’s tucked away in a utility closet, and the only time you notice it is when it’s making noise or not providing enough hot water. If you’ve detected a banging or thumping noise coming from the appliance, it could be caused by sediment that’s built up inside the tank. Flushing the tank should correct this problem, or you could opt for a tankless model and eliminate the possibility of sediment altogether. A failing heating element can also create noise, and it’s always best to let a certified plumber inspect your water heater, instead of opening it up yourself.

If you’re considering replacing your water heater in San Jose, or you know that it’s come to the last year of its life, contact Gladiator Plumbing & Repipe today. We can safely remove your old appliance and install a new energy efficient model, and we’ll do it quickly and professionally.