How long can you keep your hot water heater around? These systems are made to last a good number of years (up to 15 in most cases) but they aren’t going to stick around forever. After a certain point, your water heater will need to be replaced. The question is, has your water heater reached that stage?
Keeping around an ineffective water heater is like keeping around a bad AC unit–its a waste of money and it ruins your comfort. If you notice that your water heater is meeting any of the indicators listed below, it means you should talk to a plumbing professional about scheduling a replacement for this system.
Lower Hot Water Capacity Than Average
It is possible to temporarily overwhelm your water heater so that it can’t keep up with your demands. In most cases though, this requires a lot of hot water demand. If you have noticed that your hot water heater seems to struggle with providing the usual amount of hot water, this is a sign of a problem.
As your water heater ages, it can lose its efficiency and effectiveness by degrees. Eventually, this will show up as a reduced ability to provide the hot water you need on a regular basis. You can’t force your system to push itself out of this. But you can upgrade to a system that will be able to meet your needs again.
Repairs are going to pop up every now and again. Every water heater needs a little extra help over the course of its lifespan. However, if those repairs have become more frequent and you feel like you spend more time scheduling fixes for your broken-down system than actually using it, there is a strong chance that you need to consider an upgrade. When wear and tear start to take a higher toll on your water heater it is worthwhile to discuss with a professional whether or not you’d be better of spending that money on a new system, rather than repairing the failing one.
We briefly touched on this above but we want to make sure that you don’t ignore the age of your water heater. This can be one of the biggest indicators of a water heater in need of replacement. Depending on use and the quality of care the system gets, water heaters can last between 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced. If your system is getting near that 15-year mark or it has passed it all together, then it means you would do well to start planning for an upgrade.
You deserve the ability to rely on your hot water heater throughout the year. As we head into the colder months of the year, it is even more important to make sure you have access to the hot water you need. You can work with our team to figure out if you need to plan for a system replacement sooner than later.