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 Plumbing Heating & Air help you find the heater that suits your needs!