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When Should I replace my Water Heater?

September 14, 2016

Your home’s water heater is usually something that isn’t on the list of things to replace until you are standing in a puddle or being hit in the back with icy shower water. Most people take an “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach to most plumbing issues. Though a water heater that is past its prime can be left alone, it should still be regularly checked and serviced as it ages.

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The average water heater has a life span of 10-15 years depending on the quality and brand, but some do stand the test of time. If your hot water heater is past its prime but still works great, don’t replace it “just because”. Instead, have it inspected once a year and have any minor issues repaired or serviced to help it last even longer.

If your water heater is old and you’re considering a replacement, we do encourage you to upgrade to a more energy efficient unit. This is the one exception we tell our customers about because it will save you money over time on energy costs and usually entitles you to a tax credit.

When to Repair?

  • the burner or heating element stops working
  • circuit breaker trips repeatedly
  • pilot light flickers out
  • valve sticks
  • thermostat breaks

These occurrences are most commonly considered to be minor issues and are affordable repairs.

When to Talk to a Plumber about Replacement?

  • unit is leaking
  • your water is becoming rusty or dirty
  • your unit makes loud rumbling noises

If you’re concerned about your hot water heater’s age, consider having a plumber inspect and service it once a year for peace of mind. If you are in need of immediate repair or replacement of your Maryland water heater, contact Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating. We are honest and professional – we’ll help you put your concerns to rest and repair or replace your hot water heater quickly and affordably. We are also open 24 hours for water emergencies.

 


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