When You Need a New Water Heater

Even reliable water heaters could experience problems in time. The level of the problem would depend much on how long you have been using the water heater. If problems in your heater are too many, it is best to consider getting a new one. Before you decide on replacing your heater, determine first if it really needs replacement and also check its cost.

How long will my water heater work?

The answer to this depends on various factors and these are:

  • Water usage
  • Locations where the water heater is installed
  • Maintenance
  • Age

Considering all these factors, it is said that the average life span of water heater is around 10-15 years. However, if not properly maintenance it could experience problems even if it is still a couple of years old.

Do I have to replace my water heater when it causes trouble?

This depends on the problem that your water heater experience. A water heater needs replacement when any of the following is experienced:

  • Leaky pipes within tank
  • Punctured tanks
  • Failure because of age

Mending these problems will only increase the cost of its maintenance and still you will end up replacing the unit.

If the problem has something to do with simple malfunction which include problems in the thermostat and cooling, these are repairable. Just make sure that you get the service of a dependable expert.

Can I do the replacement personally?

If you lack the knowledge, skills and experience in doing the job, it is best to give it to the experts. The work would require you to deal with gas lines, electrical power and plumbing so it is really quite a complex job for a person who is not competent to handle it.

There are also water heater guarantees which would depend on how it is installed by a professional plumber. If you do it on your own, you might void its warranty.

How much would I Spend?

Be sure that you avoid self-proclaimed experts for it would certainly not be a good experience for you. Avoid services offered in a very cheap price. Make sure that the service offered is at the average cost of water heater installation.

Make sure that the person is licensed, trained and experienced. He also needs to have the right materials and tools to do the job. It is better to check all of these rather than the cost of the service.

The best thing that you can do is to get the service of the experts to check your water heater and ask for a recommendation. If they see that it is best and more cost-effective to replace your unit then its best to have it that way. Personally, you could also tell if your water heater needs replacement.

If you want to make sure that the work is done professionally, call Orange County Plumbing. We are always ready to do the job and we do it fast.


- William
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