Does your water heater receive routine maintenance and prompt repairs as needed? Then it can last for many years! In fact, you likely have the same water heater working for you since you moved into your current home.
But, like any other home comfort system, water heaters don’t last forever. Eventually, you’ll need to replace yours when it can no longer do the job it’s meant to. You may consider repairs, but there are some indicators to watch out for that signal that it’s more economically feasible to upgrade the water heater altogether. What are these indicators?
Your Water Heater Is Old
How long has your water heater been in your home? Most tank-based water heaters can last around 15 to 20 years. If your water heater is older than two decades, it’s typically better to have a new system put in, even if your current water heater is working “okay.” A decline in age will begin soon, and it’s best to get ahead of it.
You’re Getting Less Hot Water
Are you no longer getting the amount of hot water from your water heater that you expect? Are members of your household starting to go with lukewarm or cold showers each morning when this wasn’t an issue before? Heed these warning signs that your water heater is declining and should be replaced.
An Increase in Energy Bills
Hot water accounts for most of the heating energy used in your household. And if your water heater starts working inefficiently due to age, it’s a good idea to have it checked by a professional to see if the more cost-effective choice is to replace it.
You should never be able to see corrosion on your water heater. If this does appear, it usually can’t be repaired, and it’s time to upgrade the water heater.
Reddish or Discolored water
If you turn on your hot water taps and see a reddish tint to the water, it’s a sign that the inside of the tank is rusting out. Unfortunately, nothing can be done to repair this. There is an anode rod inside your tank water heater that is meant to absorb rust so that the lining of your water heater doesn’t.
But this anode rod must be replaced every few years as it wears down. If this isn’t done, then your water heater will start to experience corrosion.
Too Many Repair Needs
Have you found yourself in the habit of calling for water heater repairs more than twice a year? If so, this is too often. Rather than continuing to throw money at trouble in an aging water heater that has growing problems, it’s probably time to consider a new system installation.
Fortunately, there are many options when it comes to water heater replacement—you don’t have to stick with the traditional storage tank water heater. Be sure to work with a professional who will help you make an educated decision on your next water heater installation.