Your water heater is arguably one of the most important appliances in your home. You rely on it every time you turn on the hot tap. While water heaters are durable and can last for many years, they’re not indestructible. You’ll need to replace your unit eventually, but how can you tell when the time has come to upgrade to a new water heater? Watch for these signs.
It’s More Than 10 Years Old
Water heaters can last for about 13 years with regular care and maintenance. However, once they reach the 10-year mark, they start to break down quickly. If your unit has been in place for more than 10 years, it’s time to think about replacing it. Leaving the water heater in place puts you at risk for costly repairs and overly high energy bills every month.
You’re Scheduling Frequent Repairs
It’s normal for water heaters to need repairs every now and then, but that doesn’t mean you should be calling your plumber every month to fix yet another problem. If you are, it’s time to think about replacing your water heater. Those frequent repairs are a surefire sign that your water heater is starting to fail. The longer you leave your old water heater in place, the more often you’ll have to schedule repairs and the more expensive those repairs will get.
You’re Not Getting Enough Hot Water
Sometimes, the water heater that came with your house won’t be large enough to meet your needs. Your water heater keeps the water in its storage tank at temperature throughout the day. When that water runs out, it can take up to 15 minutes for the heater to bring new water up to temperature. If you find yourself constantly running out of hot water right when you need it, upgrade to a new water heater. You can install a larger capacity system that will keep up with your needs.
If you’ve noticed any of these issues with your home’s water heater, don’t wait. Contact us today and let our team help you find the right water heater for your home and budget.