We talk often about water heaters needing to be repaired. For instance, if you’re not getting the right temperature of hot water, or if your system is leaking, it needs to be fixed. That’s a no-brainer.
However, how can you tell if your water heater has crossed the threshold into replacement territory? After all, the signs showing you need to replace your system are often similar to the signs that come up when you need repairs. How can a homeowner tell the difference when there’s a problem?
Well, that’s what this guide is for! We’re going to talk extensively about water heaters in Tucson, and more specifically about how to detect when your water heater is on its way out. If you find this guide helpful, or if you think your water heater needs to be replaced, don’t hesitate to call the best plumbers in the biz!
An Aging Water Heater
Replacement should always be an option when your water heater is getting old. Water heaters aren’t supposed to last more than 15 years in the best of cases, which means that a water heater approaching this timeframe is in need of replacement soon. It’s also important that homeowners not think of replacement as a stressful, necessary service—but as an opportunity to learn, grow, and upgrade your home’s efficiency and performance.
Here are a few reasons why you might want to start thinking about replacing your water heater instead of repairing it.
- Consistent leaks. Leaks cause water damage and mold to grow. But the important thing to remember is that consistent leaking is what really contributes to water damage and mold. A system that’s constantly pouring water on your floor, wall, or ceiling, is doing your home a disservice and likely costing you money in clean up.
- Lukewarm temperatures. If your water heater isn’t producing the hot water you need, no matter how many times you get it repaired, then it likely needs a replacement. We promise that there are systems out there willing to heat water to your standards without the hassle of constant repairs.
- Corrosion or wear and tear. Corrosion is a natural process, along with wear and tear, that will just occur over time. Eventually, depending on how heavily you use your water heater and the environment that your home is located in, you’ll need to replace the system. It’s a good idea to invest in some inspection services or maintenance so that one of our professionals can tell you exactly what shape your system is in and whether it needs to be replaced ASAP.
- It’s not the right size. A lot can happen in a few years. Babies are born, kids turn into adults, and before you know it, your household is full of people! If your water heater was sized for a single bathroom and a couple of people, it could be much too small for your house and your hot water needs. An upgrade is a perfectly reasonable solution in this case, no matter how well your system is currently working.