If you’ve never had to purchase a hot water heater for your home, you may not know when to replace your water heater. Home water heaters that are built with a traditional tank have an average lifespan of 10-13 years, so if yours is within this range, it may be time to have it replaced.
Other signs to help you know when to replace your hot water heater include:
Water Heater is Leaking
If your hot water heater is leaking, it will need to be replaced. Modern hot water heaters are designed with insulation between the tank and the outer shell. If a substantial amount of water is leaking from this inner tank, the heater cannot be repaired easily
Low Volume of Hot Water
If you find that you frequently run out of hot water in the middle of a shower, or that you don’t have enough hot water for more than one person in your home to shower, you may need to have your water heater serviced or replaced. In some cases, the problem may be an element or thermostat. In this case, your heater may be able to be repaired. However, depending on age, it may be simpler and less expensive to just replace the unit.
Circuit Breaker is Tripping Frequently
Older hot water heaters may pull too much electrical current as they begin to wear out. This malfunction can increase your electrical bill, but it may also cause the circuit breaker that the heater is on to trip frequently. If you notice that your hot water heater is frequently tripping your circuit breaker, it may be time to look into having a new one installed.
It can be difficult, as a homeowner, to determine when to replace your water heater. If you have any doubt about whether your heater is working correctly, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t have to live with a limited supply of hot water, high electric bills, or a breaker that trips constantly. Instead, call us for all of your water heater maintenance and replacement needs. We’ll evaluate your heater and help you make the choice that’s right for your individual situation.