When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Oct 31, 2019

Like all mechanical items in your house, your water heater will eventually need to be replaced. Taking care of your water heater will increase its lifespan, but at some point, you will need a new system. Here are a few things to consider when thinking about replacing your water heater:

How old is your water heater? There is no exact time to replace your water heater, but most water heaters need to be replaced within six to twelve years. This timeframe depends on the age and condition of your water heater.

Can you reduce energy costs with a new water heater? Upgrading to a new water heater may lower your monthly energy bills. However, energy saving models may have more upfront costs.

Are you running out of hot water faster than usual? This can be a sign of a broken water heater. Have your water heater inspected to see if it’s working properly.

Is the water heater leaking? Leaking might be a sign that your water heater needs to be replaced. Check where the leak is coming from. Some leaks (such as those from a water heater drain spigot) can be repaired easily, but if the tank starts leaking, you need to replace your water heater as soon as possible.

Is it cheaper to replace your water heater than repair it? If you have an older water heater that constantly breaks down, it may save you money to replace it.

Are you remodeling your house? If you are remodeling your house, it might be a good time to upgrade your water heater. For example, if you are installing a tankless water heater, you might need to make upgrades to your house’s electrical or gas systems. It may be easier to get those upgrades done while remodeling.

If you think you might need a new water heater, contact us today. Our experienced technicians can look at your existing equipment and discuss your options.