How to Know When It's Time to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

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A popular question among Hampton Roads homeowners is how to know when they need a new hot water heater. The easiest way to tell is if it is leaking. However, a leaking hot water heater usually creates a flood and a mess. Rather than waiting for disaster to strike, we suggest replacing your present model if it is 10 years or older before it develops a leak. While it is a possible do-it-yourself job if you have the experience, most homeowners do not. We recommend leaving the hot water heater replacement to a reliable Hampton Roads plumbing contractor.


If you haven’t replaced this appliance in the past few years, you will find that there are many new options in hot water heaters. While there are several standard models available in both electrical and natural gas, one of the most popular is the tankless water heater. Many of these newer models have a 20-year life span. According to Consumer Reports magazine, heating water may account for up to 30 percent of a homeowner’s energy budget, so a model that is 20 to 25 percent more efficient may be appealing.


Another option is going with the conventional water heater, which is less expensive. Again, you may choose from gas or electric models. Consider that today’s hot water heater models have bigger burners than they used to, and fight rust and corrosion better in the interior and exterior. They don’t last as many years as the tankless type, but some people prefer the traditional method for its lower up-front costs. Purchasing one with an extended warranty will offer some protection should it make an early exit.
For more information about plumbing repairs, contact American Mechanical’s Plumbing!