In the average home, a water heater is constantly working. It should last about 8 to 12 years, but this can vary depending on the quality of installation, as well as other factors. Besides the guideline of life expectancy, how can you know whether to repair or replace your water heater?
If the water in your home isn’t as hot as it was before, then you’re experiencing the most common problem. Try flushing the heater to remove sediment from the tank. You can also insulate the water pipes, or simply raise the temperature setting on the thermostat. There may be issues with other parts as well, and the specifics rely on whether you have an electric or gas heater. If you do need to replace a part, you can generally do this inexpensively.
However, if your tank is more than 10 years old or is leaking, replacement is likely your only choice. Determine too if the demand for hot water in your home has increased (you’ve added a dishwasher or bathroom, more people are now living in your home, etc.) If so, you may need to replace your water heater with one that can handle the higher demand.
Aside from a major leak or change in your home, it can be hard to determine if it’s time for a water heater replacement. At Eastern Tech, our team is skilled in water heater repair services and installation!