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Should I Replace My Water Heater?

tank-water-heaterThe water heater in any home, regardless of occupancy numbers, does an incredible amount of work throughout the year. Unlike a system such as your heater or air conditioner, your water heater in Des Moines, IA does not have an off-season. Your water heater not only provides hot water for your showers and cleaning, but also for those other appliances — dishwasher, clothes washing machine — that require hot water in their operation. It is a big job, and today’s water heaters are manufactured to ensure that they stand up to the task.

Great as many of the water heaters on the market today may be, though, there is not a single water heater out there that is perfect. All water heaters will require repairs from time to time, and your water heater is going to need to be replaced eventually. When should the replacement happen, though? After all, you don’t really want to wait for your system to break down entirely before replacing it, do you? Here are some tips to help you decide if your water heater has reached the end of the line.

How Old Is the Water Heater?

As we mentioned above, no water heater is going to go on and on indefinitely. They all have an end to their lifespans, and manufacturers can project the expected lifespans of these systems pretty well these days. It may seem silly to replace an old water heater that is still running reliably. However, if your system is at or beyond its anticipated terminal point, getting out ahead of a breakdown and replacing it now may be your best option. The age of your water heater is not only relevant in terms of a potential breakdown. It also plays a part in overall system efficiency.

How Efficient Is Your Water Heater?

Are you paying too much for the hot water that you use in your home? If so, then you should really go ahead and invest in a more efficient water heater. Sure, the upfront cost is definitely nothing to downplay. However, the long term savings will help you to recoup that initial investment and enjoy better efficiency moving forward. Whether your system is so old that it cannot function as efficiently as it used to, or if you bought a relatively inefficient system to save some money years go, a more efficient system is worth the replacement costs.

How Happy Are You with Your Water Heater?

The only “correct” answer to this question should be “very.” Many homeowners inherit their water heaters with the properties that they’ve purchased. That does not mean that the system you’ve inherited will be one that you’d have chosen for yourself, though. Sure, it may not have dissuaded you from buying an entire home, but this dissatisfaction itself is more than enough to justify a water heater replacement. There are many different systems to choose from, including tank, tankless, and heat pump water heaters. Let us help you find the right one for your home.

Schaal Heating and Cooling is here for your water heater service needs.

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