Water heaters put up with a lot of abuse throughout their years of operation. They’re designed to, actually. If you think about how many times a day, every day, you make use of hot water in your home, you’ll realize that your water heater works incredibly hard 24/7.
Even if you take perfect care of your water heater, though, with consistent maintenance and prompt repairs, you know that eventually you will have to replace it with a new one. The following are a few signs that you should look for in your water heater, indicating that maybe it’s time to have a professional replace it for you.
Difficulty Providing Hot Water
We think everyone will agree that a water heater that can’t heat water doesn’t have much of a purpose. If you put enough demand on your water heater over a long enough period of time, you can eventually overwhelm it and run out of hot water. However, what we’re talking about here is if the system is having trouble providing any kind of hot water at all.
If your water heater is having issues generating enough hot water to meet even a moderate amount of demand, it may be getting close to the end of its life. This often happens when the wear and tear on the water heater reaches a point that it begins to dramatically impact the efficiency of the system. The only way to remedy this is to replace the water heater entirely.
Constant Repair Issues
Water heaters are designed to cope with a lot of demand, but they are not invincible. It’s not unusual to have to repair your water heater a few times over the course of its life. But, those times should be few and far between. If you need to have your water heater repaired multiple times a year, it’s time to talk to a professional about replacing it. That level of degradation in the system tends to indicate that parts are beginning to fail en masse due to wear and tear. You can keep replacing the water heater one part at a time if you want, but it would almost certainly save you money in the long run to just install a new system.
The average lifespan of most water heaters falls between 10-20 years. That varies pretty wildly bases on individual circumstances of course, but mostly it stays within that range. If your water heater is older than a decade, it might be a good idea to have a professional examine it to determine if it needs to be replaced. Older water heaters tend to cost more to operate, and are much less efficient at providing hot water. You might be able to get a few more years of use out of it, but you might actually be better off just installing a new system.
Climate Control Heating & Cooling installs and services water heaters in Kansas City, MO. If you need a new water heater installed in your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.