When do you need to replace your water heater?
A residential water heater typically lasts about 8 to 12 years. The lifespan of your water heater depends on several factors including local weather, how much you use the heater, the quality of the unit and its installation, and the quality and frequency of your maintenance.
Rust is the major element which destroys a water heater. If you notice your unit leaking water, check to see where the water is coming from: if the unit is leaking from the top, it might be repaired; if the unit is leaking from the bottom, it will have to be replaced.
Boiler-type water heaters can be gas-powered or electric-powered. You should usually use the same type of system that you use to power other appliances in your home.
If you need a new water heater, call a professional and don’t try to do it yourself, especially if you are switching from a gas-powered unit to an electric-powered unit or vice versa.
We at Mr. Speedy Plumbing & Rooter are experts at water heater installation and repair. We are certified distributors and installers of water heaters from the major US manufacturers including Rheem and Bradford White. We carry a large variety of water heaters in all sizes, and can install your new water heater in your home within a couple hours of your call to us.
The New Tankless Water Heater
Perhaps you should consider a new “tankless” type of water heater. They cost more going in, but you will see huge savings in lower utility costs since these tankless heaters do not heat up an entire tank of water every time you run the hot water faucet. Instead, it heats up water as you need it – we call it “water on demand”. And with a tankless water heater you never run out of hot water – the unit keeps on heating water as long as the hot tap is running.