No matter how well you take care of your water heater, sooner or later you’ll need to install a new one. What is important is that you know when your water heater is getting close to the end of its life. The earlier you can tell if your water heater is getting close to the end of its life, the sooner you’ll be able to get it replaced. Otherwise, you run the risk of suddenly finding yourself without hot water at a very inconvenient time. The best way to tell whether or not your water heater is in need of replacement is to call for a professional technician to examine your system. If you’re not sure whether or not to call your technician yet, you should look for the following symptoms.
Trouble Providing Hot Water
If your water heater is having issues providing its usual amount of hot water, it might be because the system is getting close to the end of its life. As the wear and tear builds on the water heater, it will lose efficiency. This will eventually become severe enough that the system will lose the ability to provide enough water to meet your needs. If the cause of your water heater troubles is just wear and tear, then unfortunately there is little else you can do aside from replacing the system.
If your water heater is breaking down on a regular basis, you probably need a new one. It’s not a big deal to need to repair your water heater every few years. If you need to repair it every year, though, you should consult with a technician about replacing it. The longer your system is in use, the worse this issue will get. You’ll save much more money in the long run if you just replace the system now, rather than keep repairing it until it breaks down permanently.
If your water heater is older than 15 years, you should very likely install a new one. Once a water heater passes that age, it will often start to collect a range of chronic issues that will make it harder for the system to operate effectively. The system will continue to lose cost efficiency over years, getting more and more expensive to use until it finally fails entirely. We recommend that you install a new water heater now, so you don’t have to worry about wasting money on it over the next several years until you have to replace it anyway.
These are just a few of the common warning signs that your water heater needs replacing. Remember to contact your trusted professional technician if you have any questions or concerns about the state of your water heater.