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When to Replace a Hot Water Heater

When to Replace a Hot Water Heater

With the fall just around the corner, soon things are going to be cooling down. While some of us will be welcoming the cooler weather, the one thing we don’t want during the fall and winter months is only cold water running through our homes! We can all pretty much agree that warm, if not hot water is important for doing laundry, washing dishes, and of course, taking comfortable showers and baths.

So, how long are hot water heaters expected to last? On average, they last about 10 years, but we must remember this is an average. If the tank is too small for a household, or if only one or two people are living in the home, it can last shorter or longer accordingly. When a homeowner maintains their tank, it can sometimes double its lifespan.

On the other hand, all plumbers have seen tanks that only last two or three years, especially in large households or in homes where the tank cannot keep up with the demand. Tankless water heaters typically last longer than their electric and gas counterparts. Some manufacturers of tankless units even offer lifetime, no-leak warranties on their products.

Repairing a Water Heater

As with any mechanical device, water heaters need to be maintained and they can fail. Here are some of the reasons why a water heater might break down:

  • Sediment deposits collect at the bottom of the tank.
  • A thermostat malfunctions or ceases to work.
  • A dip tube can break, mixing cold water with hot water.
  • And more.

If your water heater isn’t working properly, you should have a professional plumber take a look at it. While your plumber’s opinion is valuable, we recommend being a part of the decision-making process when it comes down to repairing or replacing your unit.

If you decide a replacement is in order, you’ll get to choose between a gas, solar, electric or tankless model. You will also need to base the size and type of tank on the size of your home and the number of people living in it. Talking to one of our Cedar Park plumbers is the best way to determine which solution is ideal for your situation.

To schedule a service call, contact Excalibur Plumbing today!

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