The water heater is the unsung hero of many a home throughout the country. It’s a system that all of us rely on daily throughout the year, yet few of us ever actually spend any time considering. All of that demand does have a cost, though, and sooner or later even the best-kept water heater will need to be replaced.
When that time comes, it’s a good idea to know the signs that you need a new system. The following is not a comprehensive list of all the signs that you need a new water heater. It’s a good place to start, though.
Consistently Low Output
If you put enough demand on your water heater, you are going to overwhelm it at some point. There’s a difference between that and having your water heater struggle to supply enough output to meet even a moderate amount of demand, though. If your water heater can’t seem to generate as much output as it used to, it might be because years of wear and tear are proving too much for it. The only way to address that kind of wear and tear is to replace the system entirely.
Water heaters have fewer moving parts than the average HVAC system, which makes them less prone to developing problems over time. That doesn’t mean they’re completely immune, though. A water heater can develop leaks and other issues over the years, most of which are not that big of a deal. However, you should take notice if your water heater needs to be fixed every few months. Breakdowns that happen that frequently are often a sign that the system is beginning to fail entirely, and is in need of replacement. It’s far more cost-effective in the long run to install a new system than it is to replace one part at a time.
Even if you take every precaution to keep your water heater in good condition, it will eventually simply become too old to keep functioning properly. For most water heaters, the maximum useful lifespan is around 10-15 years. If your water heater is older than that, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional about replacing it. The older a water heater gets, the more efficiency it will lose and the more prone it will be to developing problems. The cost of keeping it up and running will mount over time, as parts wear out and require replacement.
If you really want to keep your old water heater up and running, you can. You just need to be willing to spend quite a bit more money on it than you would spend on installing a new system. For pretty much everybody, that’s not a good tradeoff. Let us replace your old water heater with one that will serve you better, and cost you less money.
Pipeworks Inc. provides comprehensive water heater installation and replacement services in Bloomington, IL. If you need water heater services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.