Water heaters can last quite a while, with proper care and maintenance. They’re designed to cope with the stress of almost constant operation, keeping a large supply of hot water ready at all times in case it is needed. Despite this endurance, however, there will eventually come a point when your water heater just can’t cope with the demand anymore. Read on for some of the signs that you need a new water heater.
Drop in Output
Any water heater can be overwhelmed if you put enough demand on it over a long enough period of time. Once all the hot water is used up, you’ll just have to wait until more water can be heated. As a water heater ages and accumulates wear and tear, though, its ability to heat water properly will start to degrade. If it seems like your water heater just can’t get water hot enough anymore, or that it runs out of hot water too quickly, it may be time to replace it.
Repairs Go Up
The same wear and tear that causes the water heater to become less and less efficient will eventually cause parts to start to break down. Water heaters shouldn’t need repairs more than once every few years under normal circumstances. If you need to have your water heater repaired multiple times a year, it’s a sure sign that the system is nearing the end of its life.
Once a water heater gets past 20 years old, it becomes more and more problematic to keep it running. Problems like those listed above will develop with increasing regularity, and it will quickly become far less efficient to keep it running than it would be to replace it. If your water heater is older than two decades, talk to a professional about installing a new one.