An Old Water Heater: Living on Borrowed Time

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An old water heater, especially one that is no longer covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, is living on borrowed time.

Even with proper maintenance (tank flushes and anode rod replacement) there comes a time when even the most robust water heater needs to be replaced.

There are many reasons why you would want to replace an old water heater.

One reason, that has nothing to do with the functionality of the unit, is simple capacity. Your water heater should have a capacity of fifteen gallons for every person in the house. As the kids got bigger and you started adding additional bathrooms to the house, you may have overlooked replacing the hot water heater. But if you’re always the last one in the shower and there’s no hot water left, you already know it’s time to get a new unit.

Another factor for many people these days, especially as we all try to get “greener,” is the energy efficiency of new water heater models. Over time, the monthly savings to your energy bill will help to offset the cost of replacing your water heater.

Then of course, there is a situation makes us shutter… having to replace an old water heater because it is damaged or leaking. The combination of years of use and the barrage of the natural chemicals and minerals in our water supply will slowly break down the interior lining of any water heater. When this happens, it is time to replace your old water heater.

A damaged or incorrectly working water heater can pose a health and safety risk to your family, not to mention that a catastrophic failure can cause damage to your property.

When it’s time to replace your old water heater, call in a professional plumber to make sure that the job is done right. There are a lot of steps to properly install a hot water heater and your plumber will do the job quickly and effectively.