Fall and spring are the two “shoulder seasons” that come between the more intense weather of summer and winter. These months are the best time to investigate and replace essential appliances in your home before they go into high use. While many homeowners take this time to replace or tend to their air conditioning or heater, the water heater is also a vital appliance. The water heater does much more work around the year than your furnace or air conditioning because it needs to operate daily and all of that wear and tear takes its toll. If the following factors are present, this fall may be the time for a water heater replacement.
Your Water Heater is 15 to 20 Years Old
One of the easiest ways to tell if you need a new water heater is to consider the age of your current heater. The standard natural gas-powered storage-tank water heater can last for about 15 to 20 years. Electric-powered tank water heaters can last a bit longer than that. If your water heater is 20 years old, a replacement is recommended.
Heating Bills Are Rising
Your water heater accounts for about 40% of the heating energy you use every year. If your water heater loses efficiency because of age, you will notice rising heating costs on your utility bill. If you see a rise in your expenses outside of the winter months when you’re not using your central heating system as much, this indicates a problem with the water heater.
A Drop in Hot Water Volume
If your family members are encountering lukewarm showers every morning, your water heater is dying. Depending on the issue, you may be able to repair it and keep it effective for a few more years. However, a water heater replacement is always the best option for long-term savings.
Water heaters are built to resist corrosion for most of their service lives. If your water heater receives regular professional maintenance, corrosion shouldn’t develop until the heater is quite old. If your water heater starts to show rust on the tank, it’s time for a replacement.
A plumber can fix a single small leak on your water heater, but if water is pooling around the base, you have a more serious problem. It can be more cost-effective to invest in a water heater replacement when you notice these leaks rather than attempt repairs.
If you are ready for a water heater replacement, contact B&D Plumbing today for expert advice and installation services.
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