HVAC Hacks: Tips for Novices and New Homeowners

Water Heater Need To Be Replaced? 3 Signs It's Time

The water heater in your home sees a lot of use, although you probably pay absolutely no attention to it until it's no longer working. Then you may take notice. When the hot water turns icy cold and you're in the middle of bathing, or you are trying to wash your dishes and your warm water has turned cold rather quickly — you'll notice. You need to pay close attention to your hot water heater, as it is a major appliance in your home and the last thing you want is for it to suddenly stop working. If you aren't sure if it's time to replace your hot water heater, read on for a few signs that it may be time.

1. Your Water Heater Has Broken Before

If you have had issues in the past with your hot water heater not working properly, or you have had to have it repaired for different things in the past, it may be time to have it replaced. Your hot water heater is a fairly long-lasting appliance, so you may run into a problem or two throughout its lifespan, but if you are running into problem after problem and have had to make multiple repairs, you may want to consider replacing it rather than making yet another repair to the system. Those costly repairs can add up over time and if you've had to pay them multiple times, it may begin to outweigh the cost of a new system.

2. Your Hot Water Heater Is Old

If you're dealing with an aging hot water heater, you may want to consider replacing it with a new one. Even if it's still working properly, it may not be very efficient, and you could be spending a lot of extra money unnecessarily. Those costs can also add up with time and it may be in your best interest to replace it with a new one rather than use an outdated appliance. Replace your unit with a new one that is more efficient and can handle the workload that your older unit may not be able to keep up with.

3. Your Hot Water Heater Is Not Sized Correctly

If your unit is too large or too small, it could be costing you extra money. If everyone in your family is not able to shower in the morning, using the water temperature they prefer to use and taking as long of a shower as they would like, then your unit may not be large enough capacity for your family's needs. If your unit is too large, it may be costing you a lot of money in heating costs to heat up a large capacity tank, when you only have a small family, or it's just you.

If you have any of these signs with your hot water heater, it may be time to consider replacing it with a new one. For more information on water heater replacement, contact a professional near you.