Should I Replace My Water Heater Before It Breaks?

March 09, 2021

Most of us, logically, don't replace something until it breaks. But when it comes to your water heater, there are great benefits in replacing it before it fails, potentially flooding your New Jersey home and ruining valuable equipment, sentimental heirlooms, or expensive flooring. The experts at A.J. Perri Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling can help identify the best time to replace your water heater and install your new unit, too!

How long should my water heater last?

A traditional tank water heater will last around 8-12 years with regular plumbing service in a residential home, while an on-demand model can last 20 years or more. If your water heater is nearing the end of its life expectancy, watch for the most common signs of a potential breakdown.

How do I know if my water heater is failing?

Some typical water heater failure signs are no hot water, discolored water from the tap, odd sounds coming from the unit, and visible corrosion or water puddles around the tank. Hopefully, you're up to date with the regular HVAC and plumbing maintenance in your home. In that case, the specialists at A.J. Perri can help you recognize early signs of water heater failure and make recommendations for the best replacement for your family's needs.

Hazards of an old water heater

If your older water heater breaks down, you may face several hazards. Flooding from either a slow leak or a significant burst can cause severe water damage in your home, depending on the unit's location. If your water heater breaks down unexpectedly, you'll also be facing the inconvenience of hot water loss, potentially costly emergency maintenance, and the frustration of purchasing a new unit with no planning.

Traditional vs. on-demand water heaters

As we mentioned earlier, the longevity of a water heater varies quite a bit when choosing between traditional tanks and on-demand, and there are many other differences, too. A conventional water heater stores water in its tank, refilling as people use it for various purposes. Your chosen temperature is maintained at all times to deliver the water when needed, and the capacity of these tanks can vary for each family.

An on-demand water heater heats your home's water only when it is needed. With no tank on this water heater, it can save space in your utility area, and you won't experience major rusting or puddles around the unit. Tankless water heaters also offer nearly unlimited hot water capacity and better overall performance than tank heaters.

Save big with better efficiency

One of the most significant benefits of investing in a new on-demand water heater is energy savings. Because the water heater only heats water when it is actively used, you'll see substantial savings in your home's energy efficiency and utility bills. Improvements are being made to water heater technology all the time, so even a traditional tank water heater will be more efficient than your older model.

Is it time to invest in a new water heater for your home? Contact the experts A.J. Perri online or on the phone discuss your installation options today!

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Last Updated: June 06, 2024