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You need that warm shower in the cold morning to gently ease you from sleep and into full consciousness. When cold water slaps you awake, though, your mood might immediately sour. You’re not the only homeowner to wake up to such a problem. Additionally, water heaters can leak and also contribute to high energy costs. If you notice any of the following issues, you should replace your Baltimore, Maryland, water heater to stop sacrificing money, comfort, and convenience.

Old Age

As much as we would prefer to avoid a replacement, the typical water heater lasts between 10 and 15 years. To determine the age of your heater, locate the serial number. If your serial number is G025964823, the first three characters indicate your date. That is, G is the seventh letter of the alphabet and represents the seventh month of the year—July, and 02 signifies the year 2002. Most manufacturers adhere to the same basic code. However, you will come across unique sequences, so be sure to check your manual.

Falling Efficiency

If your water heater cannot keep up with your demand for hot water, it may be time for a replacement. As water heaters age or fall into disrepair, they typically become less efficient. The lowered efficiency can contribute to higher utility costs and more frequent and expensive repairs.

Strange Sounds and Smells

Abnormal noises and scents are always a sign that something is amiss. It may be time to replace your water heater if you turn on the hot water and smell something metallic. Such an odor often indicates that the inner tank is breaking down and starting to rust. Loud cracks and pops could also indicate a problem with the unit’s heating elements.

It can be stressful to have to replace your water heater. However, doing so will trim your energy bills, limit repair costs, and provide the precious hot water we often take for granted. To learn more about replacing your water heater, call Griffith Energy Services, Inc. at 888-474-3391.

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