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Knowing When It’s Time for Water Heater Replacement

Homeowners might think their water heater is working efficiently when they could be enjoying a lot more hot water in their lives. Whether it’s a gas water heater or an electric water heater, there are a lot of different aspects at play when determining if it is time for water heater replacement. The water heater doesn’t necessarily need daily or even weekly attention, so homeowners should know what to look for. 

Below are three different signs that it could be time for a new water heater in the home. Read on to learn all about the signs and when is the right time to replace the water heater. 

Where Is the Water Heater’s Birth Certificate? 

Different water heaters have different lifespans. They are, in fact, NOT created equal. Even certain electric water heaters last longer than other electric water heaters. But the lifespan of an electric water heater versus a gas water heater versus a tankless water heater all seems to be a little different. 

So how is a homeowner supposed to know when to replace their water heater? 

Traditionally, electric water heaters last anywhere from 8 to 12 years. Gas water heaters tend to last about the same amount of time, while tankless water heaters can last upwards of 20 years or more. 

Granted, homeowners who regularly take care of their water heater could see a longer lifespan. Still, traditionally, water heaters will need to be replaced on or before their expected lifespan, so it’s important to make a mental note of when that is. 

Seeing Any Leaks?water heater

Any signs of leaking are the number one reason for water heater replacement. Leaks can sprout up for any number of reasons, but here are a few of the common reasons why this happens to water heaters: 
  • A faulty T&P valve
  • Age 
  • Corrosion of anode rod
  • Inlet and outlet valves
  • The tank itself 

The most common place for a leak is the top of the water heater, but homeowners are advised to give the water heater a once-over in between maintenance visits. This will ensure that it is caught early if there is a leak!

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No Hot Water At All?

Another common thing plumbers see is a water heater that won’t work at all. There are a couple of reasons why a water heater wouldn’t heat at all. Either the water heater isn’t properly sized for the house, or the heating element within the water heater is broken. 

Regardless, sometimes this is an easy fix, but a professional will probably suggest that the homeowner have their water heater replaced. Most of the time, replacing is the easier and even cheaper option. Most water heaters today are more efficient, which will help lower bill costs. So, it’s a win-win! 

C. Woods Company Cares About Homeowners

Homeowners can never be too careful when hiring a professional plumber for water heater installation. Those living in the Tyler, TX area can rest assured that the experts at C. Woods Company know exactly what they are doing. These professionals work tirelessly to ensure their customers are always safe and satisfied. Call now for water heater services!