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When to Replace Your Water Heater

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Imagine this: you hit snooze a couple times too many and are in a flurry to get to work on time. You need a quick, 5-minute shower, and turn it on—only to find there’s no hot water. The last thing we want is a malfunctioning water heater, and there’s never a right time to have a broken one.

There are often other signs to look out for that will help you determine whether it’s time for water heater replacement.

Your Water Heater Is Approaching Old Age

The average life span of a water heater is 8-12 years. If yours is approaching or has exceeded this age range, it’s probably time to consider replacing it.

Leaking Water Heater

If you have a leaking hot water heater, it is definitely time for a replacement. Leaking can cause significant water damage to your home and can be a safety hazard.

Rusty Water Coming from Plumbing Fixtures

If the water from your faucets is rust-colored, this could mean your water heater is rusting on the inside and getting into your piping system. This can be a serious issue and will likely require the water heater to be replaced.

Your Water Heater Is Making Weird Noises

If your water heater is making knocking, buzzing, popping or hissing sounds—this could be a sign of sediment buildup or a failing heating element. These issues can often be repaired, but if the system is older, it may be more cost-effective to simply replace it.

Inefficient Performance

If your system isn’t keeping up with your hot water demands or it’s taking longer to heat, it may be time to replace it. This could be due to a variety of factors, such as a failing heating element or a decrease in the unit’s overall efficiency.

Before making a decision on a possible water heater replacement, here are a few considerations that can help homeowners:

  • Cost – Purchasing a water heater that is right-sized for your home is important. Cost can also vary between tank vs tankless water heaters since tankless models typically are a little more expensive up However, they’re more efficient in the long run and therefore homeowners save on monthly operating costs.
  • Fuel Type— Water heaters are available in a variety of fuel types, including natural gas, propane and electric. Each type has its own pros and cons, so be sure to consider your fuel options before deciding.
  • Energy efficiency— Water heaters are rated for their energy efficiency, with higher ratings indicating a more efficient unit. Choosing a more efficient water heater can save you money on your energy bills in the long run.
  • Warranty— Make sure to choose a water heater with a good warranty. This will give you peace of mind and protection in case anything goes wrong with the unit.

Replacing a water heater can be a big decision. But our technicians at Aspinwall Plumbing and Heating can help you determine whether a replacement is needed or if a repair will suffice. Call Aspinwall Plumbing & Heating today to schedule service at (617) 539-7672.

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