A water heater that receives professional installation and regular maintenance each year should last for a good long stretch. However, there’s no way for any water heater to perform its job forever. You’ll eventually need to replace it if you live in the same home for long enough. Call our technicians when you believe that your old water heater is ready for retirement and a new system put in its place.
When should you arrange for water heater replacement? Below are some guidelines:
Water heater age estimates
A conventional natural gas water heater can usually last 20 years, and occasionally even 30. An electric system may be able to last a bit longer, although after 20 years for any system, a replacement should definitely be on the table as far as options go. Look closely for any signs of malfunctions after that point which might indicate that the system is heading into a final decline.
It’s time to take advantage of new technology
Sometimes it is better to replace a water heater a bit early because there is new technology available that gives you benefits in terms of convenience and energy efficiency. For example, if you have a 15-year-old natural gas tank water heater, you might retire it in order to have a tankless system installed. A tankless system will save money, space, and provide you unlimited hot water. These combined advantages might be just what you need for your home.
Water heater replacement as a preventive measure
This ties in closely with the issue of age. Since hot water is such an important part of your daily life, you don’t want to be caught without it when your water heater suddenly fails. Regular maintenance is a good way to prevent this from happening, but if your maintenance technicians suggest that replacing an old system is a better prevention technique, you should probably give the idea serious consideration.
If you’re seeking a professional opinion about replacing your current water heater, Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration in Springfield, VA is glad to help you.