Is it Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Is it Time to Replace Your Water Heater?It’s always a disappointment when you can’t get hot water from your taps, but if your water heater is failing, it might not be so obvious – presenting problems such as higher energy use, leaks in the heater itself, or a metallic taste to your hot water, instead. Whether to repair or replace your heater can be a hard decision, but here are some ways to decide if a new water heater is what you need:

What’s the age of your heater?

A water heater will often need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years – and it’s possible that you’ll have a better range of models to consider than what was available then. You should also check to see if your heater is still under warranty.

Does your heater have structural damage?

Rust which compromises the integrity of your hot water tank can be difficult to repair, and may indicate that a replacement is a wise decision.

Have your water use patterns changed?

If you’ve switched to high-efficiency, low-flow showerheads, faucets, dishwashers, and washing machines, you may need less hot water. Switching to a smaller tank can help lower your energy costs. If you’ve added on to your home, on the other hand, you may need more – or you may want to replace or supplement your water needs with a tankless heater or two.

What have recent repair costs been?

If you’ve had to repair your heater recently, or if a repair bill is what’s making you question whether it’s time to get a new water heater, take a look at the bill. If it’s more than a third of what you’d pay for a new heater, a new one is definitely worth considering. If it’s more than half what you’d pay, then just take the plunge.

If you’re considering buying a new water heater for your San Diego home, let Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning help you find the heater that suits your needs!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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3 Comments

  • I didn’t know that there were so many ways to diagnose your water heater. I’ve definitely been paying a little more for recent repairs, but I didn’t think about that in terms of a replacement. I guess I may need to take another good look. Maybe I can save some money in the long run by replacing it now. Thanks for the advice!

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  • This is an interesting read, I wouldn’t have thought about actually installing a new water heater if we’ve recently changed over to more efficient showerheads and faucets. You do make a good point though, it’s a waste of money to hold all of that extra hot water if you’re not using it. I’ll have to look into shrinking down our water heater because of our move to being more energy efficient in our home; maybe this is even the time to start looking into tankless water heaters.

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  • I had no idea that a water heater will often to be be replaced after 10 to 15 years. I have always assumed that a water heater will last you the lifetime of your house. I will have to go inspect it and see how long we have had it. Thanks.

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