The average hot water heater, whether gas or electric, typically has a life span of 10-12 years, and will operate effectively throughout its lifespan with proper care, maintenance, and service. However, over time, homeowners may detect problems with their hot water heaters indicating that perhaps it is time to replace and invest in a new energy efficient water heater.
A water heater that has surpassed its typical life expectancy is better served by replacing it altogether than trying to have it repaired or serviced. The overall repairs to a water heater can be quite costly and the ongoing efficient functionality minimized.
Here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling our clients are our number one priority. Our team of dedicated specialists fully understands how challenging it can be for homeowners when their appliance fails to function properly or at all. With that said, we’d like to share some indicators for when it may be time to replace your current system with an energy efficient water heater.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR
When you find yourself faced with ongoing issues with your water heater, this is a surefire indicator that it is reaching the end of its lifespan. Frequent problems requiring frequent repairs can not only be costly, but can lead to less energy efficiency overall. Some common problems that occur, triggering a red flag that it’s time to replace your water heater include, but are not limited to…
- The absence of hot water altogether
- An unpleasant smell that permeates from the water
- Frequent temperature fluctuations in the water
- A leaking water tank, resulting from wear, tear, corrosion and old age
We want to be sure that our clients understand that any one of these problems, when occurring on their own, are not necessarily indicators that your current hot water heater needs replacement. However, if the sole problem or a combination of the scenarios above is continuous, there is a good chance that it is time to purchase a new appliance. Further, if you are having to incur ongoing, repeat repair costs, it would make sense that replacing the system entirely may result in a more practical solution to the problem at hand.
Yet another scenario that would suggest it could be time to invest in an energy efficient hot water heater would be considering your system’s overall age. If your system has exceeded its typical lifespan, incurring ongoing high repair costs would not be the most ideal solution, but rather would be one that would be of greater challenge to both your family and your pocketbook.
An additional indicator is that of a rust color water flowing from your shower or water faucet. This is a definitive indicator that a replacement water heater is needed. The rust you are seeing in the water is the result of the presence of rust on the interior of the water heater which is being flushed through the water when you turn on your shower or water faucets.
Lastly, we want to encourage all our valued clients to partake in routine maintenance of your hot water heater and your entire HVAC system, as well to ensure the performance and efficiency of each system when in operation.
THE PRODUCTS AND PROFESSIONALS YOU CAN TRUST
At South Nashville Heating and Cooling, our team of highly skilled and experienced professionals is on hand to help with all your important water heater needs. The average cost of a new, energy efficient water heater will typically be in the range of $1000 to $2800. For more information about hot water heaters, costs, service repairs, and replacements, be sure to reach out to one of our dedicated staff members today.