How does one decide when his or her water heater is ready for replacement? Do you just wait until the water heater breaks down entirely, and your plumber says that there is nothing that can be done? Well, that’s a pretty clear cut case, isn’t it? Sure, but you really don’t want to wait for such an extreme situation to develop before replacing your water heater. Doing so puts you at risk for considerable inconvenience in your day to day life.
We have a few tips to help you to decide when to replace your water heater in Corona, CA, as well as why you may decide to replace a system that is still operational. For most homeowners, the expense of doing so is a considerable investment. Don’t rush into anything, and be sure to give us a call if you have any questions. We are happy to help you decide if a new water heater is right for you.
How Old Is Your Water Heater?
If your water heater is still going strong, the notion of replacing it may seem ridiculous. If something’s not broken, why fix it, right? Well, that’s all well and good, but you should take the age of your water heater into consideration as well. Age matters for a couple of different reasons.
First of all, no water heater is going to last forever. 10-12 years is a pretty good run for most tank water heaters. Tankless water heaters last considerably longer, into the 20-25 year range. If your water heater is at or already beyond the end of its expected lifespan, then replacing it now can help you to avoid a total breakdown in the near future.
Plus, there is a chance that an old water heater, even if it is still running reliably, is not running efficiently. Maybe it was manufactured at a time when energy efficiency expectations were lower. Maybe it has just lost some of its efficiency capability over time. Whatever the case, your system may be worth replacing if it is this old.
On the Matter of Efficiency
Okay, so your water heater is not really that old. Does this mean that you should’t consider replacing it, then? Maybe not. We mentioned above how age can affect efficiency. There is also the maximum efficiency level of your system to consider, though. If you were a bit strapped for cash when purchasing your system, you may have opted for a relatively inefficient system to save some funds. Replacing your system now, with a more efficient one, if you can afford it can help you to enjoy long term energy savings.
The Appliance Itself
Do you just not like your water heater? Do you have a tank model, but really want to invest your money in better efficiency by purchasing a tank water heater? Do you have an electric water heater, but you have access to natural gas and want to make the switch? These are perfectly valid reasons for replacing your water heater. Again, you don’t have to wait for the system to break down entirely just to justify a water heater replacement.
Let The Sunny Plumber Corona handle your water heater replacement. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.