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When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

tank-water-heaterIf your answer to the question posed in the title of this blog is “when it breaks down,” then you should seriously reconsider your stance on the matter. Yes, we understand that everyone wants to get the best return possible on the investment that they make in their home appliances. That does not mean that your best course of action is to drive those appliances into the ground, though. Sometimes, it really is in your best interest to cut your losses while your ahead. Of course, you don’t want to replace your water heater in Las Vegas, NV if it still has years of great performance ahead of it.

So how do you know when the time is right for a water heater replacement? Unfortunately, we cannot give you a definitive answer to the question. It really is something of a case by case situation. However, we can give you some helpful pointers and guidelines that will help you to make the right decision when the time comes. Keep the following in mind, and remember that the professional plumbers on our team are always happy to answer any questions that you may have. 

Age, Efficiency, and Overall Satisfaction

At the risk of oversimplifying things, these are three key areas to focus your attention on when considering a water heater replacement. First up, we have the age of the system. Modern water heaters are really built to last, which is good since they do so much hard work each and every day. No appliance or mechanical system will last indefinitely, though, and yours is going to break down for good at some point. This is where things get tricky, as you really don’t want to wait for that to happen before you go ahead and replace your system.

That is why you should keep its age in mind. Manufacturers have a decent idea of how long their products can be expected to last. You should be able to find a projected lifespan for your system, or at least its style. Typically, you can expect about 10-12 years for a tank water heater, while tankless models can last up to 20-25 years. Does this mean that your system will give out right at the 10 year mark? Of course not. But it may not make it much further, so replacing it now may help you to avoid some major inconvenience shortly down the line.

There is also the efficiency of your water heater to consider. If your water heater is very old, it may not live up to today’s efficiency expectations. It may also have simply lost some of its efficiency capability over the years. Maybe you bought a relatively cheap system at the time of purchase to save some money, sacrificing efficiency in the process. Whatever the case, investing in more efficiency now can save you considerably in the long run.

Finally, keep your overall satisfaction with the system in mind. It may seem odd to replace a system that is functioning properly. However, if that system is not one that you are totally satisfied with, it makes a lot of sense. If you want to replace your system with a tankless water heater, for instance, or want to switch from electricity to gas, that is more than enough reason to justify doing so.

Leave your water heater services to The Sunny Plumber Las Vegas. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.


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