When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

As the temperatures start to drop, you may begin to rely on your water heater more and more. You may start to wonder about when you should replace your water heater, particularly if it is at the end of its lifespan. General Plumbing always wants our customers to be well informed on when to replace their equipment so they aren’t caught with a malfunctioning water heater. Here is a general guide on when you should start thinking about replacing your water heater.

Age of Your Water Heater

The general life span of a water heater is about 10-15 years, but some higher quality models can last longer. While age isn’t a reason by itself to replace your water heater, it can put you on alert that the expense may be coming up soon. Age does play a part in energy efficiency. If your older system is not as energy efficient as some of the newer models on the market, it could be costing you more monthly in utility bills.

Regular Maintenance

If you have a regularly maintained water heater, it can last longer and work better in the long run. This can delay the replacement of your water heater by a few years. The more you use your hot water heater, the more wear and tear you can put on your system. If you use a lot of hot water in your home, make sure to schedule annual maintenance to keep it running properly.

Water Quality

If there is poor water quality in your area, it can shorten your water heater’s life. This is due to the build up and sediment that can clog your system and lead to more repairs. So if you know you have water quality that is sub-par, you may want to consider water heater replacement sooner rather than later.

If you would like a professional opinion on whether your water heater needs to be replaced, contact General Plumbing today. Call (561) 771-0086 to schedule your appointment.

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