Typically, water heaters can last up to 10 years, but they will break down at some point like any other home appliance.
When it’s nearing its end, your water heater will often send warning signals. If you ignore these signals, you will most likely have an unexpected cold shower, or worse, your house floods when the tank gives way.
So, before that happens, here are some warning signs you need water heater replacement:
Everything deteriorates with time so will your water heater.
If your water heater is closer or has reached the end of its lifespan, it may start to break down, or its efficiency will be dwindling. At this point, you will need a new heater.
- Signs of leakage
If you’re using a tank-type water heater, you should carry out occasional checks for any leaks. Tank leaks are usually an internal problem and may not have another solution other than replacement.
- The water is not hot enough
The problem may lie in the thermostat or the heating element.
It is usually uncommon for the heating element to wear out over time; that is why it is essential to check if someone has turned down the temperature before you consider investing in a new unit.
If you still wish for a repair regardless of these signs, first evaluate the condition of your unit, the costs of repair, and how the repair will impact your unit’s life expectancy.
Types of water heaters
With the ever-growing market, you have a variety of options to choose from, and some of them are:
- Gas water heater
- Electric water heater
- Tankless water heater
- Tank type water heater
- Solar water heater
- Heat pump
All these units have their benefits and drawbacks. So, before settling on any, you need to check with your contractor. That is the best option for you and your household.