Even the best water heaters will break down eventually. It isn’t all bad in some cases. Newer models are more energy efficient, offer a range of options, and aren’t as expensive as they used to be. To help you out, we will tell you everything you need to know about water heater replacement.
1. How Long Will My Water Heater Last?
It all starts with the make and model of the unit. Some are just better than others. The average lifespan is 8 to 12 years, or 10 years average. However, your water heater may give out sooner under the following circumstances:
- Using more than the average amount of hot water.
- Lots of occupants in the house who like hot water.
- Constantly running the washing machine on the hot water cycle.
- Constantly running the dishwasher on the hot water cycle.
- Setting the hot water levels on the unit too high or too low for your needs.
- Not performing regular maintenance or repairs on the unit (such as regularly draining your unit).
2. Hot Water Heater Repair Versus Replace
Many scenarios exist in which a hot water heater repair is best, simpler, and much cheaper. For example, it is not too difficult to replace the pressure relief valve or thermostat on the unit. In some cases, these and other repairs are covered by your warranty. However, there are some scenarios in which a repair can make you consider replacing your unit all together. Here is a list of common reasons why water heaters fail.
3. How do I Select a New Hot Water Heater?
Begin by getting the make and model of your current unit. It can give you an idea of the size, power source, BTUs, and other relevant information. However, you may be able to get a better hot water heater for your needs under some circumstances. For example, you may use a lot or a little hot water and can choose a unit better suited to these needs. Additionally, water heater technology has come a long way in just the last ten years. You may find some features, like smart tech or tankless unit is a better fit for you.
4. Should I Install My Own Water Heater?
We’ve all seen the many videos online that show you how to install a water heater. Unfortunately, many leading manufacturers will not honor the warranty on your unit should you install it yourself. It is also not safe to install your own water heater. Only a licensed and insured professional should install your new unit. In addition, they can also give you an expert opinion on which water heater is right for you. Be sure to contact several trusted professionals in your area to get multiple estimates so you may make an informed decision.
More on Water Heater Replacement for Lodi
Does your home in Lodi or the surrounding area need the advice on an expert on your water heater replacement? Blackwell Services is a locally owned plumbing and heating and air company that serves the community quickly and efficiently. We specialize in helping you professionally select, install, maintain, and repair all hot water heater systems as well as AC and heating issues. Feel free to contact us to learn more about how we can help you get you save money while providing exceptional service.