Replacing water heaters rather than trying to repair them is often a good idea. However, even when there is nothing wrong with the current system, it may be a good idea to make a switch. By calling a professional to your home, you can learn about the options available to you and which of those that are best suited for your situation. Depending on your budget, you may even want to consider replacing the current system with a tankless version for the energy benefits it can offer. Nevertheless, knowing when to consider replacement is the first step.
Age Is a Factor
Sometimes, the age of the water heaters provide an indication of condition. In other words, some older models are far less efficient than newer ones. Though most manufacturers recommend switching to a new one every 10 to 15 years, many people continue to use the same one for decades. That's fine until the efficiency is very poor and it ends up costing you money. A gas system should have a lifespan of 8 to 12 years, and electric models often last for up to 15.