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Don’t Get Left in the Cold: Signs You Need a New Hot Water Tank Installed

If it's time to do some repairs on your home, you might want to take a closer look at the hot water tank. It might be time for a replacement. If you're like most people, you might think you can put off the replacement until the tank breaks down. But, that's not the best option to choose where your hot water tank is concerned. When hot water tanks break, they don't always go quietly. In fact, hot water tanks can rupture when they finally break down for the last time. That can leave you without hot water and with a big mess to clean up instead. Luckily, there's a better option. You can have a new water tank installed as soon as your old tank starts causing problems. Read the list provided below. Here are three questions to ask yourself when deciding on a new hot water tank installation

Are Your Hot Showers Running Cold? 

If you're worried about the condition of your hot water tank, consider your recent shower experiences. Have your hot showers turned cold before you're done? If they have, there's a good chance that your hot water tank is on its last leg. Your hot water tank might not be able to keep up with your current hot water demands. If that's the case, a new hot water tank will solve the problem.

Does Your Hot Water Contain Dirt?

If you're not sure about your hot water tank's cleanliness, fill a pitcher with hot water from the faucet. Can you see dirt and sand floating in the water? Does the water look cloudy? If you answer yes to either of those questions, you might need a new hot water tank. Try flushing the hot water tank first. Once you've flushed the tank, run the hot water again. If you still see sediment in your hot water, you need to have a new hot water tank installed. 

How Old is Your Hot Water Tank? 

If your hot water tank has been giving you problems, age might be a factor. How old is your current hot water tank? Can you remember when you had it installed? Is it original equipment from when your older home was built? If you're using an outdated hot water tank, talk to a plumber about installing a new one in your home. Waiting too long to replace your hot water tank might leave you facing an emergency situation. You can avoid that risk by installing a new hot water tank right away.