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Ask a Plumber: When to Replace Your Water Heater

water-heater-serviceBuying a new water heater is not really the most exciting way to spend a decent amount of money. It is, however, something that you are going to have to do eventually. When that time comes, you’ll obviously want to be sure that you schedule your water heater replacement with a trained professional, and only after you’ve reviewed your replacement options carefully. Of course, this does also beg the question of when, exactly, you are supposed to be replacing your water heater.

There is no single concrete answer to this question, so we cannot tell you for certain if now is the right time—though there is a situation in which a water heater will definitely require replacement, which we will discuss a bit below. For now, suffice it to say that there are a lot of different factors to take into consideration. Keep the following information in mind, and do not hesitate to reach out to our professional plumbers in Chesapeake, VA if you have any further questions.

How Old Is Your Water Heater?

Tank and tankless water heaters obviously have their differences in terms of system design and the way in which they heat water. They also have very different projected lifespans. Typically, a tank water heater should give you anywhere from 10 to 12 years of reliable service. Tankless water heaters can pretty much double that (which is one reason why their much higher price tag should not be a complete dissuasion).

If your water heater is getting old, do a bit of research and determine how long this particular system is expected to keep going. Remember that the system may last longer than anticipated—a terminal date is not set in stone, after all—but that other issues related to age may also develop, making a replacement the better option, if not necessarily the only option.

Is the Tank Leaking?

If so, then you need a new water heater. This is the situation that we alluded to in the introduction, about one case where replacement is the only option. There are a few different areas from which a tank water heater may leak, mind you, so do not assume that a bit of rust or water on the floor means game over.

Should inspection reveal that it is indeed the tank itself leaking—or if this is obviously the case to anyone with a pair of working eyeballs—then reach out right away. There’s no fixing it, and you don’t want to keep paying to heat water just to have it cooling down on your basement or utility closet’s floor.

Are You Satisfied with It?

Why would someone ever replace a water heater that is technically operating just fine? If it is not living up to their expectations. You use your water heater throughout the day, every day. If it’s not performing at the level you desire, that alone is enough to consider a replacement.

Do you want to try a tankless model to boost efficiency? Is the tank that your water heater uses too small to keep up with your demand? Let us know, and we’ll help you to decide if a replacement is in your best interest.

Schedule your water heater replacement with House Call Company. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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