If you’re anything like most homeowners, and your water current water heater is not currently pouring hot water all over the floor, then your answer to the question posed in the title was probably something like “Nah, I’m good.” Are you really, though? As is the case with any mechanical system, you don’t really want to wait for your water heater to give out on you entirely before you replace it. It’s much better to get a new system in place before that happens.
All of this begs the question, then, of when exactly you should be replacing your water heater in Maricopa, AZ. We’ll explore that further in the following post. First, let us gently remind you that a water heater replacement is not the type of job that you can handle on your own, nor should you entrust it to just anyone with a tool bag. Hire trained, professional plumbers—the sunnier, the better, we always say!
How Old Is Your Water Heater?
This can be a thorny question, mainly because some homeowners hear us ask it and automatically assume that we’re saying an old water heater is one that needs replacement. That is definitely not the case. When you maintain a properly installed water heater as needed, it can last quite a long time. So why ask about age at all?
The age of your water heater is really going to inform some other areas that will, in turn, inform your decision to repair or replace your system. No, you don’t have to replace a water heater just because it’s old. But you also probably don’t want to sink much more money into a system that is old enough to qualify as “on its way out.”
How Reliable Is Your Water Heater?
This is where the age question starts to show its cracks as far as deciding factors go. The fact is that you may want to replace a system that is not really all that old because it is also not really all that reliable. It may just make more sense financially.
That is not to say that you should never pay to have your water heater repaired, of course. In fact, we can pretty much guarantee that you will need to have your water heater repaired eventually. If it should start to feel like part of your regular routine, however, then replacement is probably in your best interest.
How Efficient Is Your Water Heater?
In terms of age, this one could go either way. You may have gotten a good, long life out of a water heater that is no longer able to offer the efficiency it once did. You may have a relatively new system that wasn’t manufactured to be that efficient. Maybe you sacrificed efficiency for affordability at the time of purchase.
Whatever the case may be, there are a lot of highly efficient systems on the market today. Replacing an inefficient system now can really help you to save money in the long run.
Schedule your water heater replacement with The Sunny Plumber Phoenix. Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.