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How to Tell if You Need a New Water Heater

tank-water-heaterWater heaters are built to last. If you take proper care of your system, you can expect it to lasts many years. Sooner or later, however, you’re going to need to replace your water heater with a new one. The more you know about how to identify when your water heater is getting close to the end of its lifespan, the earlier you’ll be able to replace the system before it has a chance to die on you.

Chronically Low Output

No water heater is powerful enough to provide limitless amounts of hot water. If you put enough demand on your water heater, you’ll eventually exhaust the supply. But you should take notice if your water heater begins to struggle to provide even a moderate amount of output. That can happen as the result of years of wear and tear on the system, reducing the efficiency of the water heater. If accumulated wear and tear is the cause of your water heater failing to provide enough hot water, the best thing you can do is replace the unit.

Old Age

The average water heater lasts around 10 to 15 years with proper care and maintenance. Once a water heater gets older than that, however, it will begin to accumulate a whole range of problems that will reduce its cost efficiency over time. The older the system gets, the more it’s going to cost to keep it up and running. If your water heater is older than 15 years, you should speak to a professional about whether or not it’s a good idea to install a new one. You’ll save more money in the long run by doing this.

Sunset Air installs water heaters of all kinds in Tacoma, WA. If you need a new water heater installed in your home, contact us today.

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