Should I Be Looking To Replace My Water Heater ?
Water Heaters that make use of how water cylinders generally last about 10 years, depending on the water quality in you area – if you have very hard water then this could be reduced significantly. We have come across water heaters that have failed after only 2 or three years – but we have also come across water heaters that have lasted 20 years.
That said, tankless water heaters do last longer and so if it is time for you to replace your water heater and you do not have huge water demands, then a tankless system may well be worth considering.
Why water heaters Fail
Water heaters can fail for many reasons. A build up of deposits in the bottom of your tank (which you can often hear popping when your burner fires up ). Malfunctioning and failing thermostats can cause uncontrolled thermal expansion, leading to dangerous pressure levels in your system – this can blow out pipes and components.Plus plenty of less common faults can cause a loss of hot water or too much hot water.
Water heater repair should be left to a proffesional but the choice of repair or replacement is ultimately that of the customer – just make an informed decision once you have all the facts and don’t be pressured into something you don’t want. You will need to know the cost of replacement versus the cost of renewal and how long your hot water heater should last you if the repair option is chosen and the repair complteted properly.
If you are going down the Replacement option then you need to consider whether to opt for a tankless system or one with a tank. In our experience a tankless system is often cheaper, lasts longer and is more energy efficient – so costs you less to run but the biggest drawback of a tankless system is its performane and output of hot water – we can help you make an informedchoice by giving you all the specific facts that pertain to you.