Do You Need a New Water Heater?

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A lot of people don’t really know when they need a new water heater. There are lots of signs indicating that your heater needs to be replaced. The most common sign is that your heater does not heat the water at all or no longer heats as rapidly as it does in the past.

However, if you observe your heater getting colder on the outside, it might just be that you need to adjust your tank’s heat setting. It is common that cooler weather usually results in your heater working harder to retain its current temperature than in the warmer months. But if your adjustment stops working or fails to work, you might need a need water heater.

If you notice that you have to wait longer than usual for your water to heat, this is a good indication that you need new system.

You shouldn’t have the impression that the problem will correct itself or wait too long for some miracle, especially if your heater is really old.

Another good indication is if there is a leak on the tank itself. If it is a tiny leak, you can easily repair it yourself, but if it is a seam leak caused by rusting, weatherization or damage; then they are always difficult to repair and you will need to get a new system.

If your unit needs just little patching, make sure you keep an eye on the tank as time goes on to be sure the patch doesn’t come off.

You might have to even weld your system to ensure perfect solution in some cases. If you’re to follow this step, please ensure to seek a professional so that there is no further damage.

Another good indication letting you know it is time to change your water heater is the age. Water heater units are designed to last an average of 15-20 years. So if your heater is getting beyond that age, you should start setting aside some money for a new one.

Water heater systems above this age may start misbehaving, the efficiency will start to reduce. It is simply reminding you it’s time for a change. However, you should not consider age as the main factor for changing your water heater, you should always check other things like the plumbing pipe coming from you water heater unit too.

Types of Pipe for Plumbing

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Do you know what type of plumbing your home uses? You can often identify the pipes if you venture down to your basement. There you will see pipes leading from utility sinks as well as laundry machines and hot water heaters.

There are a few common pipes used for plumbing. You should know which type your home uses in case you are ever attempt a DIY plumbing repair or want pricing information from a plumber over the phone.

Here are the common pipes used for residential plumbing:


You will find that stainless steel pipe is the most visually appealing of all of the residential plumbing pipe on the list. Some homeowners will confuse stainless steel and galvanized but galvanized pipes are much more resistant to rust. Stainless steel pipes require custom couplings in order to attach to different plumbing in the walls or beneath the floorboards.


Copper pipe are the most common types of pipes for plumbing in homes. You should familiarize yourself with this type of pipe if you intend to try DIY plumbing projects on your own. Copper is very durable and rust-resistant. The material is also excellent for both hot and cold water. The downside of copper pipe is that they must be soldered together periodically throughout their construction.

Learn how to solder copper in the video below.


PVC pipe are often reserved for sewage and drain plumbing and not standard plumbing in a home or business. The size and width of PVC pipe vary based on their application. You do not need to worry about rust or soldering when it comes to PVC pipe in your home.


There was a time when galvanized pipe were the most common types of plumbing pipes in homes but their tendency to rust led to other alternatives gaining in popularity. You will notice rust in the water in homes with very old galvanized plumbing.


Brass is the highest quality of plumping pipe. The material is extremely rust-resistant and easy to work with. Brass pipe will last a very long time in a home and are a very good investment if you don’t want to deal with plumbing issues very often in your home.


PEX pipe is the newest offering in home plumbing. The material is plastic and flexible and there is no risk of rust. PEX pipe is very easy to install and it won’t leak near as much as copper pipe. The initial cost of PEX pipe can deter some homeowners but we feel it is worth it. The only downside of PEX pipe is that it cannot be used outdoors as it is not UV resistant.

We would recommend copper, PEX or brass pipe for the plumbing in your home. Plumbers and local hardware stores are familiar with copper and can help you with a project whereas PEX is a new material that not all stores will be familiar with. Brass is an upgrade of copper and is an excellent invest for your home.

Plumbing is an important aspect in the construction of the home and the plumbing pipe is something to consider before repairs and new projects.