When Should I Replace My Water Heater Faq

So, you’re curious about when you need to replace your water heater.

There’s no definite “This is when you should replace a water heater,” because it depends on a combination of factors.

Here are some important ones.

The age of your water heater

Let’s say your water heater is retirement age; you don’t want to invest too many repairs into it, right?

Here are the average lifespans of the different types of water heaters: Source: National Association of Home Builders

However, lifespan of a tank water heater decreases if it hasn’t been annually drained and flushed of sediment. Sediment causes the water heater to overheat and deteriorate the tank, decreasing its lifespan.

Sediment can also be the reason you’re running out of hot water so fast.

You’re unsatisfied with the water heater’s performance

Do you constantly run out of hot water? Are your water heating bills rising higher and higher?  Well, if you’re sick and tired of that, then you may need a new water heater. 

The water heater repair costs too much

The older the water heater, the more likely a costly repair rears its ugly head. When that happens, you need to know if repairing it is worth the money.

So how expensive is “too expensive” to repair a water heater?

Ask yourself these questions:
  • How high is the quality of your water heater? If you bought a high quality water heater, it will rarely break down (if you’ve maintained it properly). So you should be willing to pay more to repair it.
  • Is the warranty still good? If so, the repair will be less expensive.
  • Do you worry about your water heater? If it’s not keeping your water comfortable or performing at a reasonable cost, then why spend more money on something you don’t want?

How much does a new water heater cost?

To help you see if a water heater repair is worth your time, it helps to see how much it costs to get a new water heater. 
  • Tank water heater: $900-$1500
  • Tankless (on-demand) hot water heater: $2800-$4500

To see the differences between these two, use this guide comparing the pros and cons of tank and tankless water heaters.

Note: The cost to install either of these varies based on your home’s plumbing and available space. So please take these as broad estimates.

To get accurate estimates, talk to an expert plumber.

When you’re ready to upgrade your water heater, use this guide comparing the pros and cons of tank and tankless water heaters.

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