Water heaters are very resilient systems, and can last quite a long time under the proper circumstances. No matter how well you take care of yours, however, it will not last forever. Since you probably don’t want to be without hot water for any longer than you have to be, it is a good idea to learn to recognize the signs that your water heater is reaching the end of its service lifespan. That way you can replace it on your terms, before it dies on you. Read on for some of the more common signs that you need to replace your water heater soon.
Loss of Water Output
Any water heater can be overwhelmed if there is a high enough demand for hot water over a long enough period of time. Prolonged wear and tear on the system from years of normal use can have a permanent dampening effect on the ability of the water heater to provide as much output. If your water heater can’t seem to keep up with your demand anymore, it might mean that it needs to be replaced.
Rise in Repairs
Normally, you shouldn’t have to have your water heater repaired more than once every couple of years. An older system is much more likely to have worn out parts fail in rapid succession, though. Older water heaters could very easily need repairs every couple of months, depending on how well they have been maintained. If your water heater needs repairs that often, it is almost certainly easier to replace the entire system rather than to keep repairing it.
If you think that you may need to replace your water heater, call Tim Beil Plumbing. We provide a full range of water heater services throughout Allentown, PA.