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Do I Need a New Water Heater?

Do I Need a New Water Heater?

Owning a home is expensive—from the initial price you pay, to furnishing, to paying for repairs and replacing old appliances that stop working suddenly. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to eliminate this from your life.

If you’re trying to predict when you’ll need to purchase a new water heater, keep reading for some of the top signs.

Signs You Need a New Water Heater

There are a few indicators to keep at the top of your mind when considering a new water heater.

  • Age. One of the main reasons you should consider a new system is how old your current system is. If your water heater is over a decade old, it’s on the decline and will begin to encounter more and more problems. By purchasing a new water heater now, you’ll avoid overspending on repairs and water damage that might occur.
  • Sediment or rust buildup. If you turn on a faucet and the water coming out is orange or brown instead of translucent, you have a problem. IT could just be a sign that you need to flush out the tank, but if a flush doesn’t eliminate the rust, then it’s time for an upgrade.
  • No hot water. This one is pretty obvious, but if you’re consistently dealing with no hot water in your house, it’s time to upgrade and move on.
  • Frequent repairs. If you find yourself calling your plumber every month with questions and concerns about your water heater, then it’s probably time for a new one. Like we said before, you should be able to install your water heater and forget about it (for the most part).

Types of Water Heaters

If you come to the conclusion that it’s time for a new water heater, then consider your options before buying the same exact model you had before. There are two main types of water heater that you can choose from—tankless and conventional.

  • Conventional storage water heaters are the most common type and probably what you already had installed in your home.
  • Tankless water heaters don’t require a water storage tank, so they take up less space in your home. However, their cost of purchase and installation is quite high.

If you have questions about whether it’s time to upgrade your water heater, call the professionals at Gibson's Heating & Plumbing, Inc.. Our experts would be happy to help determine whether it’s time for a new system as well as assist in selecting the best system for your home. Visit us online or give us a call at (800) 868-0232 to learn more about how we can help!

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