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A problem with the water heater in your Lubbock, TX home could cause water damage, high utility bills, and discomfort for you and your family. Fortunately, you can prevent these issues by replacing your water heater at the right time. By getting a new unit in the fall, you can make sure you’re ready for chilly winter temperatures and holiday guests. You may even need a new water heater if you have an older model, you notice strange noises, or the water is smelly or discolored — here are three ways to tell.

An Older Model

If your water heater is over a decade old, replacing it can save energy and avoid costly leaks. You won’t have to deal with sudden, inconvenient breakdowns, and you’ll be able to shop for a new water heater at your leisure, instead of feeling rushed to replace a broken or inoperable one. Your unit’s age is part of the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. The letter A stands for January, B stands for February, and so on. Then, the last two digits represent the year.

Strange Noises

Loud pops, cracks, or rumbling sounds could be signs of sediment inside your water heater. The minerals in your tap water can collect on the inside of the tank, and the heat can make them harder. These substances reduce your water heater’s efficiency, and they can produce an unpleasant burning scent, along with annoying noises. Excess sediment can lower your tank’s capacity as well.

Discolored or Smelly Water

Sediment in your water heater can make your hot water red or brown. You could also notice a metallic taste or an unusual smell. You should have a professional check your unit and replace it, if needed. If your cold water smells or tastes strange, this could signify corroded pipes.

JD’s Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can help you with a variety of plumbing services, including water heater replacement. We’re a family business with 35 years of experience, and we guarantee 100% satisfaction. For an outstanding job, contact us at (806) 853-6424.

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