Water heaters can last a long time, but they don’t last forever. If your water heater is getting close to the end of its life, it’s a good idea to call for a replacement installation as soon as possible.
You don’t want to suddenly find yourself without a working water heater while you’re taking a shower, for example. If you’re not sure whether or not you need a new water installed in your home, have a look at the signs below.
Trouble Providing Hot Water
If your water heater is having trouble providing enough hot water to meet even moderate needs, it might be due to accumulated wear and tear. The more the various parts of the system wear out, the more trouble the water heater will have heating the water properly. There are other factors that might explain your water heater having trouble providing enough hot water. If wear and tear is the cause, though, the only thing to do is to replace the system.
Breaking Down on a Regular Basis
It’s to be expected that your water heater will break down every once in a while. If your system is breaking down every few months or so, then it’s a good idea to call a technician to inspect it. Breaking down that often is usually a sign that the system is near the end of its life. The wear on the parts in the water heater is advanced to the point where the parts are starting to break down in groups. This issue will get worse the longer you use the system. The only way to resolve it is to install a new system entirely.
It’s Older Than 15 Years
You can expect to use your water heater for around 10-15 years, after which point it will often start to accumulate a range of issues that affect its cost efficiency. The older the water heater gets, the more it will cost to keep it running. This will very quickly make the water heater more expensive to use than it’s worth. If your water heater is older than 15, we highly recommend that you talk to a professional about installing a new one as quickly as possible.
Of course, as with most of the topics we cover on this blog, it’s far better to consult with a professional technician in person than to make your decisions based on internet research. If you suspect that your water heater is reaching the end of its life, you should have a professional check the system out and confirm it for you. That way, you don’t waste any time or money replacing a water heater that didn’t need it quite yet.