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3 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

Sep. 25, 2020
Nobody wants to buy a new water heater—unless it’s absolutely necessary.
In this blog, we’ll share 3 tell-tale signs it’s definitely time to replace your water heater.
You will need a new water heater if...
  1. Your water heater is leaking from the tank
  2. Your water heater is 10+ years old and needs frequent repairs
  3. Your family’s hot water needs have changed
Let’s look at each of these signs in more detail below.

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Sign #1: Your water heater is leaking from the tank


Leaks in your water heater are never a good sign, but a leak coming from the tank itself is the kiss of death.
 
You see, when the tank has a leak, there’s not much a professional can do to fix it. Leaks inside the tank are typically caused by severe sediment buildup, which corrodes the inner lining of the tank. If your tank is in this situation, the entire unit will need to be replaced. 

Note: Some leaks on your water heater (on places besides the tank) could possibly be repaired by a professional. For more information about these kinds of leaks, read our blog, “Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?”.
 

Sign #2: Your water heater is 10+ years old and needs frequent repairs


Like all major appliances, water heaters don’t last forever. The average lifespan of a tank water heater is 10 to 15 years. That means if your water heater is 10+ years old, it’s already in its twilight years.

But just because your water heater is old doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be replaced right away. Even though older water heaters lose efficiency, if yours still provides hot water and seems to be working okay, there’s no rush to replace it immediately.

That said, if your water heater starts breaking down regularly and you’re frequently having to call a plumber, it’s time to replace your water heater. If your water heater is old and needs a lot of repairs, it’s only a matter of time before it will die. It’s best to replace your old water heater now so you don’t get stuck without hot water and so you don’t have to keep paying for expensive repairs.
 

Sign #3: Your family’s hot water needs have changed


If your family’s hot water needs have changed, it may be time to upgrade to a new water heater. 

Have more people joined your household? If so, you may need to get a bigger water heater tank to accommodate their hot water needs. If you have more people in your house and you have a tankless system, you may need to add another tankless unit or upgrade your whole-house tankless water heater to a model with a higher flow rate. (A higher flow rate may be necessary to ensure everyone can have hot water in your house at the same time.)

Similarly, if you added appliances or plumbing fixtures that require hot water, it’s time to revisit your water heating system. For example, if you added a bathroom to your house, you may need to get a new water heater that can supply hot water to the new sink and shower.
 

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Learn more about getting a new water heater by visiting our water heater installation page.
 

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