When to Replace a Water Heater

tank-water-heaterWe have a lot of different systems, appliances, and general gadgetry to help make our lives as convenient and comfortable as possible these days. The water heater in your home is one of the hardest working of all these appliances. Just think about it — there is no real off-season for a water heater, is there? Plus, certain other appliances, such as your dishwasher or washing machine, also demand something of your water heater. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a single appliance, and you want to know that your water heater in Cary, NC can handle it.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perfect water heater. Not only is your system going to require the occasional repairs, but it is also not going to last forever. At some point, you are going to find yourself in need of a new water heater. But how will you know when that time comes? Ideally, you won’t be waiting for the system to give out on you entirely, after all. Here are a few tips to help you decide if the time is right for a water heater replacement.

How Old Is Your Water Heater?

Whenever you are thinking about replacing a water heater — or any other system or appliance in your home, really — you should take the age of that system or appliance into account. As we said, no water heater is going to last forever. If yours is at or already beyond its projected end of the lifespan, then replacing it now before it breaks down sometime in the near future is probably a good idea. Of course, a complete breakdown is not the only consideration that the age of your water heater ties into. Its efficiency may be in question due to age, as well.

How Efficient Is Your Water Heater?

If your water heater is very old, then there is a chance that it was manufactured at a point when our expectations regarding energy efficiency simply were not as high as they are today. Also, it is possible that the wear and tear that your system has been subject to over the course of its life has rendered it incapable of reaching its maximum potential in terms of efficiency anymore. If this is the case, then replacing the system now can help you to save money in the long run. You may even have simply bought a relatively inefficient system at the time of purchase to save some money. If you have the means now, replacing it is a good investment.

Are You Happy with Your Water Heater?

There is not just one type of water heater on the market, and it is very possible that the water heater in your home is not one that you’d choose, given the opportunity. Do you want to try out a heat pump water heater or tankless water heater? Do you want to switch out an electric water heater for a gas model? Whatever the case may be, you should be completely satisfied with your water heater, and your dissatisfaction is reason enough for replacing it.

Ideal Services Heating & Cooling is here for all of your water heater service needs.

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