Ask a Memphis Plumber: When is it Time for Water Heater Replacement?

At Stewart Plumbing, we see a lot of water heaters on their last legs. In fact, we are often shocked that the rusted out hunk of metal before us is even still functioning! But most water heaters are tough, durable pieces of equipment so homeowners will hang on to them as long as they are still working. But how do you know when it’s time for water heater replacement?

The easy answer is that most water heaters last between 12 and 15 years.  You can typically extend this lifespan with regular, professional maintenance plans.

Signs It’s Time for Water Heater Replacement

  • Water rapidly changing from hot to cold
  • Fluctuating water pressure
  • Frequent leaks
  • Pools of water surrounding your water heater
  • Diminished water quality (noticeable rust or sediment)
  • Frequent audible noise and clanking sounds

Yes, some of these symptoms may be repairable, but the problem remains that repeated repairs may ultimately prove more costly than a new water heater installation.  If your water heater is over 15 years old, it’s a safe bet that any repairs will only be followed by more repairs and more cash.

If you have decided to purchase a new water heater, we suggest considering a few things that may help make the transition easier.

Get a warranty on service and products: Make sure you work with a plumbing company that provides warranties on parts and service.  There is a lot of competition out there vying for your business, so make sure you find an affordable service provider you can trust.

Consider installing a tankless water heater: While more costly up-front, tankless water heaters will more than likely save you money in the long run.  They take up less space and use significantly less energy.

Maintain your water heater: Ensure that your new water heater lasts a long time by frequently and properly maintaining it.  Don’t have time?  Stewart Plumbing provides convenient annual service maintenance agreements you can pay for in advance.

Don’t let your old water heater waste time, energy, and money. Know when it’s time for replacement. Make the right move and get a new water heater installation with Stewart Plumbing. 

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