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Water Heater Questions Answered

We get it. Replacing a water heater might not be anyone’s idea of a big party, but sometimes it’s just necessary. We’re here to make the process easier and to ensure that you’re getting the best deal possible. Of course, knowing is half the battle. Sometimes a repair is just what the doctor ordered, and we can make that happen too!

The Facts About Water Heaters

Here’s a quick Q&A to help answer commonly asked water heater replacement questions.

Q: How long do water heaters last?

A: Typically, water heaters last about 12-15 years. This time frame will naturally fluctuate based on usage and maintenance consistency. Remember though, that even though we probably don’t think about it, we use our water heaters nearly every single day. Any household fixture used so frequently will eventually need to be replaced.

Q: When to repair; when to replace?

A: If your water heater is over 15 years old, repairs are usually not worth it. They may temporarily alleviate an issue, but the problem will most likely return. It’s more cost effective to have a new water heater installed.

Q: What are the most common signs of water heater failure?

A: Fortunately, water heater failure symptoms are fairly noticeable. It’s hardly a mystery that something is wrong when one or more of the following events occur:

  • Rapidly changing water temperatures
  • Fluctuations in water pressure
  • Frequent leaks
  • Pools of water surrounding the base of the water heater
  • Noticeable rust or sediment in the water
  • Loud clanking or other odd sounds

Q: I just installed a new water heater. Now what?

A: Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance! It’s all too easy to purchase a new water heater only to forget all about it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? WRONG! If you want your new water heater to continue reducing monthly water bills and to last a long time, take good care of it!  Every water heater deserves a little TLC.

Have more questions about water heaters? Give Rebmann Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning a call today! 

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