When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

As an established plumbing company, one of the most frequent questions we receive is, “When should I replace my water heater?”

There’s never a convenient time for your hot water heater to go on the fritz. If you are like most people, you probably do not give your water heater a second thought until suddenly there’s no hot water, which then prompts you to schedule a water heater repair. Some water heater repairs can be minor and inexpensive. However, some issues might signal it is time for a hot water heater replacement. Our professional plumbers in Florida can help you figure out whether repair or replacement is the best choice.

Here are Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Old Age

As your water heater ages, the likelihood that it will break down increases greatly. You’ll want to check your manufacturer’s warranty to confirm the life expectancy of your tank, depending on the type of water heater you have. Most tank-type water heaters will last between 8 to 10 years. With regular maintenance, such as flushing the tank and draining sediment from the tank, it might last a few extra years, but the replacement point for most water heaters with a tank is about 10 years. A tankless water heater has a much longer lifespan, with some having lifetime warranties.

Check for Electrical Issues

Regular water heater maintenance will extend the life of your unit, reduce energy costs, and make it more energy efficient. You may find that you have a faulty part such as a pressure relief valve or heating element that needs replacement. These are fairly simple repairs that will cost much less than the installation cost, cost of labor, and a replacement water heater. It’s also always a good idea to confirm a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse isn’t the cause of your cold water.

Water Looks Rusty

While the exterior of your water heater tank can rust or show signs of corrosion, so can the interior. A telltale sign is that your hot water will look rusty coming out of the tap. Once a tank starts to rust, a water heater repair will not be possible. It is only a matter of time before the tank will start leaking. As soon as rust or corrosion is found, you should immediately replace your water heater to prevent expensive water damage if the tank leaks or bursts. Depending on the type of water your home has, you may find that the life of your water heater is cut short. Water with heavy elements or hard water may cause a bit more damage.

Tank is Leaking

If your tank is already leaking, it’s time to replace your current water heater. Water damage may have already occurred to your home and you will want to avoid additional damage to walls, floors, and ceilings.

Not Enough Hot Water

You may notice that your hot water just doesn’t seem as hot as it used to be or you suddenly have no hot water at all. A water heater repair might be needed to replace a broken thermostat or heating element. However, it may also mean that your water heater can no longer keep up with the demand for heating water or water temperature in your home.

Choosing a New Water Heater

If you do need a new water heater installation, it is important to consider a number of factors, including the types of water heaters available on the market today. Additionally, your fuel source for your hot water supply will impact your type of water heater, energy efficiency, and your utility bill. Depending on the resources in your home or business, you may need (or be able to choose) conventional water heaters such as an electric water heater, natural gas water heater, or the less common types of solar water heater, heat pump water heater, or propane water heater.

Of all the options, tankless water heaters or hybrid water heaters are some of the most energy-efficient choices on the market, offer hot water on demand, and will help you save money on your utility bills.

With so many types of water heaters to choose from, it is important to utilize professional plumbers to assess your local plumbing codes and help you navigate the initial cost as well as the average cost to operate your system, necessary tank size or type of tankless unit, etc.

With so much to consider, contact Brevard’s Best Plumbing today. We are licensed and insured to service and install all types of water heaters for your residential water heater or commercial water heater needs throughout Brevard County.

This article was originally published on January 17, 2017 but has been updated for accuracy and freshness.


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