When is it time to replace your water heater? Water heater replacement depends on age & condition. Read the tips below to see if it’s time to replace your water heater.

Water heaters are not something you put a lot of thought into until you take that first icy shower or find a huge puddle from a leak.
Then you have to decide whether to repair or replace it.

Conventional water tank heaters near the end of their life expectancy between 10 to 13-years. If your water heater is older, then replacement is obviou. Newer models are up to much more efficient and can save you money in energy costs. If your water heater is only a few years old, repair will most likely be the way to go. If you are unsure as to whether you need to repair or replace your hot water heater, here’s a few tips to help you decide.

Water Heater Diagnosis

Conventional water heaters are easy. Cold water comes into the tank and is heated by electric or gas. A thermostat controls the temperature, usually keeps it between 120 to 140 degrees. As the water inside the tank heats up, pressure builds inside the tank so that when you turn the valve, pressure sends that hot water out the faucet.

A few things that can go wrong.

  • Thermostat stops working
  • Stuck water heater valve
  • Tripped circuit breaker
  • Heating element stops working
  • Gas water heater pilot light goes out

Repairing any of those issues is relatively inexpensive. However, if the heater is over 10 years old, or if it’s leaking, a new water tank is your best option.

When Heater Replacement is the Only Option

Over time, water minerals react with steel, corroding water heater tanks. When water heaters spring a leak, repair isn’t an option.

Eventually, water heater tanks become corroded due to the reaction of water minerals and steal. Once the water heater starts leaking, repair is not an option any longer.

On a positive note, newer water heaters are much more efficient than older models and can save you money. Some newer models now have foam insulation and with glass liners resulting in better heat retention and less prone to corrosion. A high-efficiency model with Energy Star standards saves up to 20% in energy costs.

You’ll pay $500 to $1,500 To purchase and install a new conventional water heater, it will cost you between $500 to $1500. However, for bigger savings, a tankless or solar water heater may also qualify for a federal tax credit. Tankless water heaters cost three to five times more to purchase and install, but the efficiency is something to think about for long term benefits.

Water Heater Additional Costs

Water heater replacement might not always be so simple. To meet some local building codes these days, may require you to upgrade some of the following:

  • Newer pipes
  • The mount for the water heater
  • Heater drain pan
  • Venting system depending on type or size

Ask your professional plumber to outline all costs prior to starting the work. To find out more, contact American Freedom Plumbing for your water heater repair or replacement.