Water heaters are designed to last a very long time, so long as they are regularly maintained and repaired promptly when needed. You have probably had the same water heater working away in your home since you moved in, right?
Well, unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Eventually, your water heater will require replacement as it simply won’t be able to do the job it’s supposed to anymore. Sure, you could have repairs scheduled, but as we’ll highlight below, there comes a point where repairs just won’t cut it anymore—your water heater won’t work as efficiently as it once did and you’ll be paying far more than you should for it to run.
What Signs Should You Watch For?
Remember, none of these signs is a definite indication that you need water heater replacement. The best thing you can do is contact our professional plumbers so we can do an assessment and see what’s really going on with your system.
From there, we’ll be able to recommend the right options, whether it is a repair or replacement. In the meantime, we’ve provided a guideline below that highlights some instances where you may very well decide that replacement is your best option.
Your Water Heater is Old
How long has your current water heater been in your home? Most water heaters—that is, tank water heaters—can last about 15-20 years. If yours is older than this, replacing it is typically the most cost effective choice you can make. A decline due to age will begin soon, and it’s best to get ahead of it rather than waiting for the day that you have nothing but cold water!
You Have Less Hot Water throughout the Day
Are members of your Household complaining that there’s not enough hot water for them to take a comfortable shower? Have these complaints just started? If so, you may be dealing with a failing water heater whose heating elements aren’t adequately doing their job.
Your Energy Bills Are Rising
Did you know that hot water actually accounts for most of the heating energy you use in your home? If your water heater begins working inefficiently due to an increase in age, then it’s a good idea to have it inspected by a professional to see if it might be time to consider replacement.
You See Reddish Discoloration in Your Hot Water
Have you turned on the taps to notice a reddish tint to your hot water? This likely means the inside of the tank is rusting out. There truly is no other option if this is the case—replacement is necessary if you want to continue having safe and healthy hot water provided to your taps.
You Have Too Many Repair Needs
Do you find yourself calling for water heater repairs more than twice a year? This is too often! Rather than continuing to throw money at your water heater problems, it may make more economical sense to replace the system altogether.