Here at Wake Forest Plumbing Company, we want to help you keep your home (or your business) in the best possible condition, and that includes your water heater. While water heaters are designed to last for a long time, they do not last forever and will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Obviously, water heater replacement represents a serious expense that most people would prefer to avoid for as long as possible, but it can be hard to determine when you can safely put it off vs. when the time has come to take that plunge. In this article, our team will go over a few things you can consider in order to make that judgment call.
- Age- One factor that will affect when you need water heater replacement is the age of your current heater. Even if nothing is obviously wrong with your heater at the moment, you should still consider getting it replaced if it is over 20 years old because at that point, a decline is inevitable and it’s best to get ahead of it.
- Volume of Hot Water- Another thing to consider when deciding whether you need a hot water heater replacement is the volume of hot water that is available to you at any one time–or, to put it another way, how much total hot water you have at once. As your heater gets older, it won’t be able to keep as much water hot for as long, which means you may find that your showers are cut short. If this happens to you, then it’s probably time to think about a new water heater.
- Energy Bills- A third sign that you may be due for a water heater replacement is an increase in your energy bills. This kind of spike in price is often caused by your current heater losing energy efficiency, and having to use more power to keep your water hot. If you want to bring your bills back down, you should get your outdated heater replaced.