Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

Written by Home Depot Shingles. Posted in Drainage solutions, Replacing your water heater, Sewer repair

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Sewer problems, professional drain cleaning, water leaks, in-line camera sewer inspections and now you have to think about replacing your water heater? The problems are never ending, sometimes. They said owning a house would be a great experience, but sometimes it feels like more of a burden than anything else, doesn’t it? Never mind, do what you need to do and when it’s all done, you’ll love your house again and be so grateful that you aren’t throwing money at the wind every time you pay rent on your home. At least you are investing into something that will eventually be yours should you choose to live there that long. Now, back to the point of the article: replacing your water heater. How do you know when it needs to be done? Let’s take a look at some factors that will help you decide if that’s what is needed.
According to manufacturers, a water heater?s lifespan is anywhere between eight and 12 years. Of course this depends on where the unit is located, how well it was installed and maintained and what kind of water quality goes through it. Water heaters over 10 years old or leaks around the base or only works when it wants to is in need of replacement. Those are the easy tell tale signs. However, even though a water heater?s lifespan is only between eight and 12 years, if your water is not hot enough, there could be another problem. Use these troubleshooting methods to find out.
Electric water heater
  • Make the sure the power is connected properly on the water heater itself.
  • Then you can reset the thermostat at the correct temperature for your household.
  • If needed, insulate the hot water pipes in order to keep heat from escaping.
  • If none of these work then replace the heating element or the thermostat to see if that helps.
  • Raise the temperature setting on the thermostat to see if that makes a difference.
Gas water heater
  • Check that the gas is connected properly and that the pilot light is lit.
  • Try flushing out the heater to get rid of any sediment in that might be in the tank.
  • You can try insulating the heating pipes just like you would with an electric water heater.
  • Clean out the gas burner and get a new thermocoupler.
  • Again, raise the temperature setting on the thermostat.
Water Heater Maintenence If it has been properly taken care of, it can actually last long than water heater?s lifespan. This is how a water heater is properly maintained:
  • Water must drained twice a year to remove any sediment. Sediment can cause corrosion which decreases efficiency.
  • Lift the pressure relief valve handle and allow it to snap back. If a burst of water is not released into the overflow pipe, a new valve will be needed. Test the valve every six months.
  • The temperature should not be set to higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit in order to reduce damage that can be caused by overheating.
Water Heater Replacement If you find that you do need to replace your water heater and the water heater?s lifespan really is up, you have a few choices. You can replace it with the exact same unit or you could upgrade in order to increase the efficiency of the water heater. Here are some features for you to consider:
  • Gallon capacity. Usually 40 or 50 gallon heaters are the most common types for households of regular size.
  • How many gallons the heater can heat in one hour; basically how long of a shower can you take before the water goes cold?
  • Size – check out the width and height of the space where you keep your unit and make sure an upgraded model would fit.
  • The energy efficiency sticker letting you know the estimated annual cost of the unit helps to determine what your water bill will be with that unit.
Definitely don’t tackle a water heater replacement job yourself. If your water heater?s lifespan is toast and it’s time to replace the unit, call in a professional to get the job done right the first time. This will save you a lot of wasted time and money. Experts are experts because they know what they are doing, so let them do what they are paid to do all day, every day.

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