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Signs of a Worn Out Water Heater

Water heater being worked on by a technicianWater heaters are designed to last a very long time, so long as you properly take care of them. However, no water heater will last forever. Occasionally you will need Union, NJ water heater repair, and eventually, replacement. And chances are, you’d like to replace your water heater before it gives up on its job completely and you’re left without hot water for hours, possibly even days.

If you’re unsure of whether or not your current water heater is in good shape, the best thing you can do for the system is call in a pro to take a look at it for you. In the meantime, we’ve shared some guidelines below that your system is struggling and potentially worn out to the point that it requires replacement.

It’s No Longer Providing Hot Water Effectively

Now, there are going to be times that you and your family members might put too much demand on the water heater and exhaust the available supply. This is less likely in a tankless system, but still a possibility. When this occurs, it’s typically inconvenient but not a huge problem, right?

However, if your water heater is constantly struggling to provide your household with enough hot water, you have a whole different problem on your hands. As water heaters age, they lose efficiency. This typically isn’t apparent at first, but it will eventually get to a point where the system just can’t keep up with normal levels of demand. If your water heater is struggling because of wear and tear, then it’s more than like time to install a new one.

You’re Constantly Calling for Repairs

Requiring a repair or two every few years is one thing, but if your water heater is breaking down or malfunctioning multiple times a year, you have a bigger problem. This is often an indicator that the water heater is getting close to the end of its lifespan, and various components are breaking down in groups.

Once your water heater has reached this point, you have two options. You can replace the entire system, or you can keep repairing the old system one part at a time until it breaks down entirely. As you might expect, it’s more energy efficiency to install a new system at this point. Otherwise, you’re spending money you don’t have to.

Your Water Heater Is Old

As you might have noticed, the two symptoms already mentioned have age and wear in common. The fact of the matter is, the older your water heater gets, the more susceptible it is too serious and chronic operational problems. As those problems grow, the system will become more expensive to keep up on and running.

The average water heater, so long as you keep up on maintenance and other services, should last between 10-15 years. After this point, it will likely need to be replaced.

For quick and effective plumbing services in the Union, NJ area and beyond, contact Max Sr & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, A Corp. We’ve been serving our customers for over 104 years!

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