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5 Reasons You May Need a New Water Heater

It’s a chilly winter morning and you stumble out of bed, groggy and half-awake. You shuffle into the bathroom, eagerly anticipating the warmth of a hot shower. But as you turn on the faucet, you’re met with a disappointing stream of icy water. Sound familiar? If so, it may be time to consider replacing your old water heater.

With advancements in technology and energy efficiency, a new water heater not only provides consistent hot water but also saves you money on your utility bills in the long run.

Cold showers are just one reason why you might need a new water heater. Here are five more that can help you decide when it’s time to upgrade your water heater.

1. Your Water Heater is Past Its Expected Lifespan

Water heaters don’t last forever. The average lifespan of a traditional water heater is 10-15 years with proper maintenance. Tankless units may last 20 years or more. If your water heater is nearing or past its lifespan, it’s time to consider a replacement.

Over time, your water heater will become less efficient in heating water, which means it will take more energy for your unit to do the same amount of work it used to. This results in higher energy bills, money that you could have put toward a new water heater.

Water heaters can also fail unexpectedly. The longer you wait to replace it, the greater the risk of a complete failure—and no one wants to be without hot water for days while waiting for a replacement.

2. You See Rust-Colored Water

Many of the components inside your water heater are metal. They’re constantly exposed to water, so it’s no surprise these components can rust and corrode over time. Unfortunately, this rust can end up in the water that comes out of your faucets.

Rust in the water is a surefire sign it’s time to replace your water heater. It means the components are failing and putting you and your family’s health at risk. Don’t delay.

3. Your Water Heater Isn’t Heating Well

We’ve already mentioned your water heater will lose efficiency over time. It might not be a “cold shower in the morning” efficiency loss, but it could mean waiting longer at the sink before the water heats.

If your water heater is no longer providing enough hot water for your household’s needs, it’s time to replace it. A repair job won’t fix this issue, at least not for long.

4. Your Water Heater is Leaking

Some water heater leaks can be repaired. But this also depends on the age of the unit and the severity of the problem. If the tank is compromised, you’ll need a full replacement.

5. Your Water Heater Needs Frequent Repairs

The law of diminishing returns applies to water heaters. At some point, it makes more financial sense to replace your unit than keep pouring money into repairs.

What to Do When You Need a New Water Heater

If the above signs point to yes, your next best step is to have your water heater inspected by a professional. Your technician can do a thorough evaluation and recommend the best course of action. In some cases, water heaters can be repaired instead of replaced, which will save you money and frustration. And in other cases, a repair might not prolong its life long enough to justify the cost.

If you think your water heater might need to be replaced, contact us today to schedule service.

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