Indications It’s Time for a New Water Heater

tank-water-heaterA water heater can last for a long time, especially if you take proper care of it. Eventually, though, you’re going to need to install a new system. If you water heater is getting close to the end of its life, it’s a good idea to replace it as soon as possible.

Waiting for the system to break down entirely before replacing it is just going to leave you without a functioning water heater for a couple days. Have a look at the following signs that your water heater is getting close to the end of its life, so you can replace it with a new one before it dies completely.

Falling Output Capacity

The older a water heater gets, the more worn down it’s going to be. This wear and tear will eventually start to affect its output. If your water heater is struggling to provide as much water as it used to, it might mean that the system is in need of replacement.

Please note that this doesn’t mean your water heater needs to be replaced if you have a bunch of people putting demand on it all at once for an extended period of time. If your system can’t provide enough hot water for even a quick shower or something, then it’s probably time for a new one.

Constant Breakdowns

Just like any other system, your water heater may break down every few years depending on individual circumstance. If your water heater is breaking down multiple times a year, though, that’s when you should consult with a professional about replacing it.

Breaking down that frequently is often an indication that the system’s wear and tear has reached a critical point. Parts of the water heater are beginning to break down under the strain, and it will only get worse the longer you use the system. Continuing to repair the system once it reaches this point is just going to waste money. It’s far better to install a new system entirely.

Old Age

Most of the issues that water heaters deal with stem from age and wear. Assuming you take proper care of your water heater, you can expect it to last around 10-15 years. Past that point, it will begin to accumulate an ever-lengthening list of chronic issues. The more issues build up, the more it’s going to cost to keep it operating.

If your water heater is older than 15 years, we strongly recommend that you consult with a professional technician about replacing it. Spending money keeping a water heater that old operating is not nearly as cost-effective as installing a new system. Make sure that you have a new system installed now, and you’ll be able to rely on it without worry for years to come.

Service King Plumbing & HVAC provides comprehensive water heater installation services. If you are looking for a plumber in St. Charles, IL, we are here to meet your needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional plumbers.  

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