When To Replace Your Water Heater
Your water heater works constantly, and if it’s more than 8 years old, it probably works harder and wastes more energy than any appliance in the house.
- It’s at a higher risk of breaking down (because it’s old).
- It costs you more money to run (because it’s not nearly as efficient as a new model).
- It puts everyone in your family at risk of a dreaded cold shower on a dark February morning.
Do you want to be responsible for that?
Spend less and give your family reliable hot water
If your current water heater is more than 8 years old, and you haven’t kept up with annual maintenance, it could be in worse shape than you know.
An evaluation can let you know (objectively) if you should invest in something new.
But if your water heater is more than 8 years old and you rent it, there’s no question you should replace it. The rental company will patch and repair that existing unit until it falls to pieces, and you pay for the inefficiencies of a patchwork water heater every month.
Sure, you might pay $22 a month in your rental fee, but it’s almost guaranteed you pay double that in your energy bill because of the inefficiencies of the unit.
And your rental payments go on forever. You can easily dump double the price of a new water heater into the unit over your rental term.
The best solution is to invest in a water heater replacement today.
Look before you leap
Get a contractor to take a look and see if your water heater really needs replacing, or if you take good enough care that it can last a few more years.
You can contact us to inspect your current unit, whether you rent or own it, and show you exactly what we see. When we look at your water heater, we consider things like:
- Maintained water heaters can last 15 to 20 years, but rental units are never maintained, only repaired. It’s one of the ways the rental companies make money. If your rental is older than 10 years and has any problem, it’s time for a replacement.
- Leaking around the base of the tank or at any of the seams or connections signal the impending end of your water tank.
- Inconsistent hot water production is usually a symptom of an internal tank problem. If you own the tank, it should be replaced. Repairs for internal issues are painfully expensive. If you rent, your rental company will replace the tank when it breaks down for good. You’ll have to put up with a lot of hassle until then.
Should you buy or rent? Here is a look at the reality of both.
Insufficient hot water is sometimes a straightforward repair like replacing a heating element or the thermostat. But repairing an older hot water heater, in the long run, may not be the best financial decision. Repairs often lead to more repairs, and more expenses.
Let’s sit down to talk about your options. We’re interested in building relationships, good reviews and 100% satisfied customers. That means our team looks out for your best interests.
If you want to save your family more $$$ in 2018, we can help. Call us for a water heater evaluation today.
You can avoid problems before they even start, and rest easier knowing there is plenty of hot water (and a few extra dollars) in your home.