Experts say the lifespan of a water heater is anywhere from 8-15 years. And while the lifespan of your water heater has much to do with its design, how it was installed, the water itself, and how well it’s been maintained, that’s a fair number of variables to consider when you just want to avoid a sudden leak and the water damage as a result. However, take heart. In many cases, a few minor repairs can give your water heater new life. There are some signs when your water heater will have to be replaced. Check out these tips for knowing when to repair or when to replace your water heater:
Repair your water heater if:
-The pilot light goes out
-There appears to be an electrical problem, such as a blown fuse or tripped breaker
-The thermostat, heater, or burning element is broken
-A valve is sticking
A professional plumber can address these or other common problems, such as sediment collecting in the tank or leaking water supply pipes. These types of repairs are not unduly expensive, and will likely cost you anywhere from $150 to $300, according to HouseLogic.com. That same plumber can also perform a full inspection for you along with routine maintenance to prevent a minor issue from becoming a bigger one.
Replace your water heater if:
-The water tank is more than 10 years old or it leaks around the base
-Your water heater acts erratically or doesn’t work at all
-Your water heater still works fine, but you want to save money and become more energy-efficient
You can choose to replace your unit with the same model or upgrade to fit your needs, considering features such as gallon capacity, the number of gallons heated in an hour (called recovery rate), and dimensions like width and height to make sure it will fit in the allotted space.
If you want to become more energy-efficient, keep this in mind: “A high-efficiency model that meets Energy Star standards can save up to 20% in energy costs,” the experts at HouseLogic.com say. Tankless, heat pump, and solar heaters can also give you big energy savings, but may be more expensive to buy and install.
Basic maintenance: To get the most out of your water heater—whether it’s brand-new or a few years old—follow these maintenance tips:
-Drain your water heater every year to get rid of sediment, avoid corrosion, and increase efficiency.
-Test the pressure-relief valve to make sure it releases a flow of water into the overflow drainpipe.
-Keep the thermostat at around 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce damage to the tank from overheating.
When they fail, water heaters and other appliances in your home can be a major source of water damage in Denver. If you’ve experienced water damage due to a failed or leaking water heater or appliance, look to the experts at Nubilt Construction. We can address the damage and restore your home. Contact us at 303-368-4688 for emergency 24/7 response.