Ask Pete: When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Hello, Gilbert and Mesa homeowners! The indispensable water heater in your house is often the unsung hero, providing hot showers and making dishwashing a breeze. But, let’s face it, water heaters don’t last forever. So, how do you know when is it time to part ways with your old pal and get a new one? Our plumbing virtuoso, Pete, is here to reveal the telltale signs and share the steps for replacing your water heater. Buckle up and let’s dive into the essentials.

Q: How do I know when it’s time to replace my water heater?

A: The first thing to consider is the age of your water heater. Tank-style water heaters last about 10-15 years, while tankless models can go up to 20 years or more. If your water heater is pushing into the double digits in age, it might be time to think about a replacement.

These are the main telltale signs I tell my customers to look for so they know when it’s time to replace:

  • Lukewarm Performance: When your once toasty shower is now more tepid. If your water isn’t getting as hot as it used to, or if the hot water is short-lived, it might be a sign that your water heater is declining.
  • Sounds Like Trouble: If your water heater is making a ruckus, it’s not throwing a party in there; it’s probably sediment build-up. This buildup can cause banging or rumbling sounds and is a surefire sign that your water heater may be nearing the end of its rope.
  • Murky Waters: Rusty or murky water coming out when you turn on the hot tap is a warning sign. This could be indicative of corrosion inside the tank, which may eventually lead to leaks.
  • Puddles: Do you see water pooling around the base of your water heater? This is often a symptom of either a leak or fracture in the tank – bad news either way. It’s time to call in the professionals.

So, now that you know what to look for, here’s a quick primer on how to get that water heater replaced.

Your first step is to assess your needs. Evaluate your household’s hot water demands. Most larger families may benefit from a larger tank size or even a tankless model.

Next you want to check the efficiency. Opt for a model with a high Energy Star rating. Not only is this better for the environment, but your wallet will thank you in the form of lower energy bills.

Finally, it’s time to explore your options:

  • Traditional Tank Water Heater: Reliable and cost-effective, but larger and potentially less energy-efficient.
  • Tankless Water Heater: Compact and energy-efficient, providing hot water on demand but at a higher upfront cost.
  • Heat Pump Water Heater: Extremely efficient, utilizing heat from the air or ground to heat water.
  • Professional Installation: Don’t tackle this as a DIY project; water heaters are complicated beasts. Ensure you seek the expertise of a licensed plumber to install your new unit correctly and safely.

There you have it – Pete’s pearls of wisdom on when and how to replace your water heater. Gilbert and Mesa residents, don’t let a worn-out water heater rain on your parade. By staying vigilant for signs of trouble and knowing your options for replacement, you’ll ensure a steady supply of hot water for years to come.

Need help deciding or installing? Give our expert team a ring at 480-388-6093. We’re here to keep your showers steamy and your future bright!