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As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.

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Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

Jorge Alexander

Until yours breaks, you most likely never think about replacing your water heater. As long as you turn the faucet on in hot water comes out, that's all that's really demanded of it.

Unfortunately, if it starts to leak or explodes, sending water throughout your home and possibly even causing structural damage, you will immediately be in the market for a water heater replacement. While situations like that are obvious, being able to spot the signs beforehand is the key to reducing inconveniences and saving money on repairs. Look for the three signs listed below that signal you need to replace your water heater and contact a plumber to set up an appointment.

Your Water Heater Is Old

Most water heaters can last anywhere from 10–15 years on average, but that number jumps to more than 20 if you have a tankless model. Still, once your water heater starts to approach the halfway point of their average life expectancy, you'll notice that the repair start to become more frequent and more severe, resulting in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in replacement parts. Broken anode rods and heating elements, for example, can be quite expensive, and usually come in bunches, meaning you'll schedule multiple water heater repairs in a year even if you've never contacted a plumber about your water heater before. If you feel like your water heater is on its last leg, it's best to schedule a water heater replacement then waiting for it to fail completely.

Your Repairs Are Getting Expensive

Pull out your last few repair bills and add up the cost. If it's more than 50% of the cost of a new water heater, you may be more benefited by simply replacing it altogether. Not only will you have peace of mind from knowing that you have a brand-new water heater in your home, but you'll also have a warranty that will protect you against any future repairs to come in the near future.

You Want to Upgrade

Traditional storage tank heaters are great, but tankless water heaters are even better. Not only do they deliver near-instantaneous hot water, but they can also provide a virtually unlimited amount of it as well. Moreover, the energy savings and the increased resale value that you have after a tankless water heater installation are second to none, which can be very appealing to homeowners that are potentially looking to move. Regardless, if you want to upgrade your home in any way, starting with your water heater is a great first step.

Contact water heater replacement services if you need a second opinion on your situation. 


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