When your water heater breaks down or becomes less efficient, your normal household routine may come to a grinding halt. Although professional water heater repair can help you prolong the life of your water heater, eventually, the unit will need to be replaced. Here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we specialize in water heater repair, tankless water heater installation, and water heater replacement. If you’re not sure if you should replace your water heater yet, here are signs that it’s time to start shopping.
A tankless water heater can last as long as 25 years, while traditional storage tank water heaters last between 8 and 12 years. If your water heater has reached the end of its lifespan, it’s time to start shopping for a new unit. Even if the unit is functioning properly after it has reached the end of its lifespan, installing a new water heater is recommended, as it will save you money down the road.
If your hot water tank’s inner lining is corroded, it is likely time to replace your heater. Corrosion is a sign of significant damage to the tank, and attempting to repair the tank will only provide a temporary solution, and further issues may arise. You’ll know your hot water tank is corroded if you’re getting discolored water. Replacing a corroded water heater is an effective way to maintain your home’s water quality and prevent potential water damage down the road.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, hot water accounts for about 18% to 25% of the heating energy used in a typical home. An older or less efficient water heater may use more energy to achieve the desired water temperature. If your heating bills are rising without any other explanation, it may be time to replace your water heater. It’s advisable to call an experienced plumber to inspect the unit and determine if a replacement is necessary.
Are you consistently running out of hot water quickly, especially during peak usage times? Is your water heater struggling to maintain the desired temperature? These are clear indicators that your water heater is not adequately sized to meet your household’s needs. An undersized water heater may also take an excessively long time to reheat water. If your water heater is unable to handle your household’s hot water needs, it’s advisable to consult with a professional plumber. They can assess your hot water usage, evaluate your current water heater’s capacity, and install an appropriately sized unit.
Frequent repairs usually point to underlying problems or the deteriorating condition of the unit. Repeated water heater repair costs add up quickly and may not be worth it in the long run. There’s no point in sinking money into a unit that’ just going to cause more problems down the road.
If you’ve noticed any of these warning signs, call a professional plumber to assess the condition of your water heater and recommend the right solution for your needs. Here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we take pride in providing dependable water heater services, including water heater repair, tankless water heater installation, and water heater replacement. Our experienced plumbers will take the time to walk you through every step of the process and discuss all the options available to you.
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