Water heaters are build to last a long time, especially if you give them proper care and maintenance. No matter how well you take care of your water heater, though, you will eventually need to install a new one. The trick is being able to identify when your water heater is on its last legs, so that you can have it replaced before it has a chance to break down entirely. You don’t want to find out that your water heater has permanently given up the ghost, say, while you’re taking a shower. So, let’s take a look at some of the warning signs that you should replace your water heater sooner rather than later.
Trouble Providing Hot Water
If you put enough demand on your water heater, you are eventually going to overwhelm it. There’s a difference between exhausting your water heater with demand, though, and the system simply being unable to provide enough water to meet your normal needs. If your system seems to be having more and more trouble providing moderate amounts of hot water, it could be due to wear and tear from years of use. The more worn down the system gets, the more its efficiency drops. If that’s the case, the only thing you can really do to correct it is to replace the entire system.
Frequent Problems Requiring Repair
Water heaters can develop problems every once in a while, just like any other system. However, you should take notice if it seems like your system is breaking down multiple times a year. That level of frequency in breakdowns is not normal, and could indicate that the water heater is reaching the end of its lifespan. That wear and tear we talked about in the above point will eventually progress to where it’s causing parts of the system to break down in large groups. You can keep repairing the system if you want, but all you’ll really be doing is replacing the system one part at a time anyway. It will be far cheaper and more effective in the long run to install a new system.
Simple Old Age
The older your water heater gets, the more problems it’s going to run into. That’s simply the way it goes. The average lifespan for a water heater is between 10 and 15 years. Once it gets older than that, it will often start to develop all kinds of chronic issues that will prevent it from operating efficiently. The older the system gets, the more it will cost to keep it up and running. If your water heater is older than ten years, you should probably consult with a professional to determine whether or not your water heater could use replacing right now.
It’s better to consult with a professional in-person than to make a decision on your own regarding these kinds of things, of course. If you think your water heater might be getting close to the end of its life, but you aren’t sure yet, have a professional technician check it out for you and suggest a proper course of action.
All American Plumbing Heating & Air offers full water heater installation and replacement services in Turlock, CA. If you need a new water heater installed in your home, contact us today for an appointment.