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When to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

It happens every day in some households. The family is growing, the home is growing older, and the hot water is running out. But how do you know whether what’s needed is a repair job, or if you need to replace the water heater?

fix water heaterGenerally, we can expect to get 10 or 12 years of good service from a hot water heater before it needs to be replaced.

But that life expectancy depends on many things— such as your maintenance record, the quality of the initial installation, and even the local weather.

If you’ve noticed a gradual decline in the temperature of the water (you keep turning it up), the problem could be a thermostat or heating element.

Call our office in Pompano Beach, Port St. Lucie, West Palm Beach or Naples to get a professional opinion on the subject. You might squeeze a few more years out of the unit by flushing the sediment from the tank, insulating the hot water pipes or replacing the heating element.

New Hot Water Heater Makes a Difference

If you do have to invest in a new hot water heater, you might be pleasantly surprised.

For one thing, you’ll get a more consistent flow of hot water without worrying about how long you can be in the shower.

Moreover, newer models are more efficient so you should see a reduction in your gas bill or electric bill.

It’s a big job, however, and one left to professionals. For one thing, the installer needs to be able to lift and maneuver a heavy and clumsy tank. He or she also needs to make sure the water lines and electricity (or gas lines) are replaced properly.

If the fittings for the new water tank are different from the old water water tank, the installer needs to have some background in welding and soldering. Even flexible plastic pipes require compression fittings. In short, it’s not a job most people can do on their lunch hour.

Professionals Are There For a Reason

As a matter of fact, replacing a hot water tank is a time-consuming project. Once it’s started, it can’t be left for another day unless you want the family to be taking cold showers. For someone who’s not done much plumbing, it could take twice or three times longer as it would take an expert who does it every day.

Today’s hot water tanks are smaller, cleaner and require less energy, but chances are the one that’s being removed was not so nimble. Older models of water tanks, especially ones sized for large families, tend to resemble battleships.

Then there is the problem of disposal. Most communities do not want this type of appliance set out on the curb for trash day. You’re lucky nowadays if you can even find someone or someplace you can pay to take it away. A call to the local town or municipal authority may help, but no guarantees.

Our professional plumbers in Naples, West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach and Port St. Lucie will remove the old water tank, dispose of it and make sure the project is done right.