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.
Function of the System
Another way to know you should be considering replacement is by considering the color, temperature, and smell of the water. Sometimes, a rust color can occur, which indicates that the interior is deteriorating. Additionally, sometimes the ability of the system to heat properly will dwindle. It can take longer or even become impossible for the system to get the temperature high enough for your comfort.
Look at It
Another concern is the way the actual body of the heater is holding up. Sometimes moisture can develop along the base. This could indicate a small leak, too. If there are any puddles under or near the system, it is a good idea to replace the system rather than try to fix it. Dents or other defects in the actual system should be an indication to replace it, too. Any of these things can be indications that the interior of the system is wearing down and becoming a problem. Ultimately, the system will stop working and you will end up dealing with cold showers until a replacement is put into place.
Replacing water heaters is something best left to the professionals. They can help you to determine the right model and size for your home or even give you advice on switching to a more energy efficient model. Additionally, they will help ensure it is vented properly so there is no risk of gas entering into the home if you are using a gas unit. You also want to ensure there is no risk of leaks as this can damage the home over time and lead to expensive bills.