When determining the right time to replace your water heater there are several factors to consider.
- Age of the Water Heater
- Maintenance History
- Water Conditions
- Money Invested in the Water Heater
- Amount of Hot Water
- Future Family Plans
- Length of Time Being in the Home
All of these factors play an important role when considering it’s time to replace your water heater.
How to Determine the Age of Your Water Heater
Most home owners are unsure of the age of their water heater. Simply locate the brand of the water heater, the model number, and the serial number found at the unit. Once this information has been collected you may contact the manufacturer to confirm the age of the water heater and the status of the warranty.
Water heater manufacturers may be contacted by phone or the web to verify age and warranty status. A majority of water heaters come with a 6 year tank and parts warranty from the manufacturer.
Importance of Regular Maintenance
Performing proper water heater maintenance can significantly extend the life and energy efficiency of your water heater. Manufacturers recommend flushing the water heater at least once a year to prevent sediment build up and loss of efficiency. When flushing the water heater it is important to inspect the condition of the anode rod and replace when necessary. While performing maintenance, your plumber should also check to make sure the water heater is operating safely.
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How Local Water Conditions Affect the Life of Your Water Heater
Knowing the local water conditions will help in determining when to replace your water heater. Your local municipality can provide you with a report of local water conditions. At home test kits are also available to do your own analysis. Once you have the results you can ask your local plumbing professional about options for water treatment if needed. Treating the water that feeds the water heater can help extend it’s life.
Resources for Las Vegas Residients: Las Vegas Valley Water District Water Quality Report 2018
Is Your Water Heater Big Enough for Your Family?
Water heaters may be sized properly for your home, but not your family. If you ever run out of hot water or are planning on growing your family, you may want to consider a larger capacity heater. Take into account all hot water usage including bathing, dishwashing, laundry, etc.
Tankless water heaters are a great upgrade option for growing families or homeowners that plan on living in the home for an extended period. Always take these factors into account when deciding the correct time to replace your water heater.
An informed consumer has an advantage over a non-informed consumer. Keep record of any investments made for your home. You can compare the price you paid for your current water heater with the current costs of water heaters. Service receipts can give you the total invested in servicing and repairing your water heater. Tracking your investments will let you decide whether to repair or replace.
Contact a Professional Plumber
If you are having issues with your water heater, call the professional plumbers at Focus Plumbing in Las Vegas. We can inspect your home’s water heater and give you an honest opinion if you need to consider a replacement, or simply need maintence. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any and all emergency plumbing needs.