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.