Water heaters can last quite a while if you take proper care of them, but they can’t last forever. No matter how well you manage your water heater’s health, though, eventually you’re going to need to install a new one.
You probably don’t want to wait until your water heater breaks down entirely before installing a new one, as it will only prolong the time you spend without access to hot water. Have a look at some of the following signs that your water heater is failing, so that you can install a new one as soon as possible.
Chronic Issues with Hot Water Output
If you frequently take long showers, or otherwise have a lot of people putting demand on the water heater at once, you’re going to eventually overwhelm the system’s ability to provide hot water. There’s a difference between that and the system having consistent issues providing enough hot water to meet demand. If you start to notice that your water heater is having issues providing enough hot water to even do things like wash dishes or take a shower, it might mean that it’s getting close to failing. This often happens as the wear and tear on the system reaches critical levels after years of normal use.
It’s not all that unusual to need to repair your water heater once in a while. There is such a thing as random chance and bad luck, so if you need to have a professional fix your water heater every handful of years, it’s probably not a big deal. But, you should start to become concerned if you notice that your water heater is breaking down more frequently. Needing to repair the system multiple times a year is not normal, and you should call a professional to examine it if that happens to you. if a water heater is worn down to the point where it breaks down every few months, you’re probably going to be much better off by replacing it entirely than by continuing to repair it.
It’s Past Its Maximum Useful Age Range
All systems have an average lifespan, including water heaters. For those systems, it’s around 10-15 years. This doesn’t mean that a system will never be useful past the age of 15, but it becomes increasingly unlikely that the water heater will be cost effective once it gets older than that. Water heaters older than 15 tend to develop all kinds of issues that prevent them from operating as efficiently as they’re supposed to. If your water heater is older than 15 years, you should contact a professional and ask them to evaluate your system for you. Based on their recommendation, you can decide whether or not it’s a good idea to install an entirely new system.
Pipeworks Inc. provides a full range of water heater installation and replacement services throughout Bloomington, IL. If you need a new water heater installed in your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.