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May 09, 2024

Water heaters can serve you for many years, but they’re not built to last forever. An aging or inefficient water heater can put a dent in your wallet and expose your home to water damage. Knowing the signs when it’s time to replace your water heater can save you money in the long run. Here are the top signs it’s time for water heater replacement.

Age of Your Water Heater

You’ll know it’s time for a new water heater if your current unit is getting up there in age. The average lifespan of a water heater depends on the type and model. Storage tank water heaters last between 8 and 12 years, while tankless models can last around 20 years. Most homeowners tend to squeeze a few more years out of older water heaters, but it’s advisable to consider water heater replacement once the unit reaches the end of its lifespan. As your water heater nears the end of its life expectancy, it’s more likely to fail. It’s more economical to replace an older water heater rather than repair it.

How to Tell the Age of Your Water Heater

Look for a manufacturer label stuck on the side of your water heater. The label may contain the installation date. If the label is missing or doesn’t have an installation date, you can use the serial number to crack the code.

  • Frequent Repairs

Sometimes you just need to know when to say goodbye and replace your water heater. If your current water heater is breaking down now and then, it’s a sign that more problems are sure to come. Water heater repairs might be reasonable in some cases, but it’s important to consider the remaining lifespan of the system. If it has reached mid-life and requires frequent repairs, replacing the water heater is likely more economical. We recommend you call a trusted plumbing repair service to inspect your hot water system and provide professional advice.

  • High Energy Bills

An aging water heater can become less efficient over time, especially when you neglect proper maintenance. If your energy bills have gone up without a significant change in your hot water usage and you’ve ruled out other potential causes such as vampire electronics and insufficient insulation, call a nearby plumbing service to inspect your water heater. It’s important to note that a tankless water heater can lower your energy bills as it eliminates the standby energy losses associated with storage tank water heaters. If you want to go tankless, call a professional plumbing service that offers tankless water heater installation. Flushing your water heater at least once a year can also enhance the unit’s efficiency.

  • Visible Corrosion

Have you noticed signs of rust or corrosion on the tank, pipes, or other exterior components? This is a clear indication that it’s time to call a professional plumbing repair service to replace your water heater. Water heater corrosion and leaks go hand in hand. Beyond the risk of leaks, a corroded water heater will produce water that has a metallic smell and taste.

Schedule Your Water Heater Replacement Today!

Rooter Man Plumbing offers a full range of water heater services, including tankless water heater installation, water heater repair, water heater replacement, and many more. Our plumbers have the skills and equipment to perform a comprehensive inspection and provide professional recommendations. The next time you’re in need of reliable and cost-effective water heater services, call Rooter Man Plumbing.

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