A water heater is an important appliance in any home. It's responsible for giving you hot water whenever you need it, whether it's for washing your hands, bathing your body, or doing other things around your home—such as washing clothes or dishes. Consider how much hot water you use and then imagine if you didn't have any hot water at all.
A hot water heater is a very convenient and necessary appliance, which means you need to pay attention to it and keep an eye out for issues so you can have it replaced and prevent disaster, such as your water heater leaking and damaging your home or being without a hot water heater for a number of days before you can find someone to replace it. Read on for some signs to watch out for that may indicate your hot water heater needs to be replaced.
1. You Have Had Multiple Issues
If you've had to have your hot water heater repaired on more than one occasion, you may want to consider having a new water heater installed in your home. You may be paying more for repair costs than you would if you had a new one installed in your home. If that's the case, you should consider having the new appliance installed. More than one repair job may mean that a major repair is just around the corner and it's a risk to continue using this appliance.
2. You Run Out Of Hot Water Quickly
If you run out of hot water very quickly, and it's going quicker and quicker with each water usage, you may need a new water heater installed in your home. The problem may not be with the unit itself, but with the size of the unit. If you have a growing family, or your hot water usage has increased, you may need a larger water heater in your home.
3. Your Hot Water Heater Is Old
If you have an aging unit, you may want to consider installing a new one in your home to prevent a breakdown that could not only be costly to repair because of the difficulty in finding parts, but you could also end up paying a lot of money in repair service costs to have an aging system repaired as well. If your system is old, you should consider having it replaced.
If you aren't sure if you need your hot water heater replaced, you can use the information above to help you make the decision. Talk to a local plumber to learn more about water heaters and water heater replacement.