No one likes taking a cold shower in the morning. Unfortunately, if you have a water heater that isn’t properly sized for your home, you might be running out of hot water every time that multiple people in your home try to take hot showers in a row. But that’s not the only problem a water heater can have! Generally speaking, the life expectancy of a water heater is between 8 and 12 years. When they start to get up there in years, they lose efficiency and require water heater repair or water heater replacement.
Luckily, Lighten Up Plumbing Can Help!
When Do You Need Water Heater Repair?
Some issues could be:
- Pilot light outage
- Thermostat failure
- Gas control valve failure
- Rust and corrosion build up
- Sediment deposit, creating rust colored water
- Pressure release valve
Of course, water heater repair is the more affordable operation. However, there are some instances where it just isn’t worth it to try to fix – you’re better off getting a new machine that won’t break down on you again. Past about 6 years, it could be time for you to replace your water heater and upgrade to a conventional or tankless unit.
When do you need a Water Heater Replacement?
You may want to replace your water heater if the issues are more than a replacement part or two. If the water quality is poor, there are frequent leaks, or the water fluctuates in pressure or temperature, then it’s time to get replacement. Maybe the unit is older than fifteen years and the repairs would cost more than a new water heater. There are several options to decide:
- Storage Capacity
- Flow Volume
- Tankless vs. Conventional
- Fuel Type: Natural gas, LP or electric
- Function: Whole house or Point of use
Lighten Up Plumbing can assess your needs and find the perfect water heater fit for your home. A trained plumbing professional can install a new unit and discard the old one. The installation will come with a lifetime guarantee and a limited warranty on the water heater. A new unit will even save you money in the long run with energy consumption.
Either taking a long, hot shower, washing dishes in the kitchen sink, or washing clothes in the washer, hot water is important in every household. Why sacrifice your comfort when an upgrade can save you money in the long run? Contact Lighten Up Plumbing today for our expertise in selecting your home’s next water heater.