There will always be a time that your mind will say, “Ah, I should replace this.” Whatever that thing is, there would be a reason why you need to replace it. The same goes for water heaters. Water heaters are, luckily, replaceable, so if you somehow feel like your water heater has any defects, you can just replace it.
If your water heater is not working, then, of course, the thought of replacing it will cross your mind. However, there are sneaky details that might actually hint that there is something wrong, and before you try to think of upgrading it, consider all of these first:
1. Water Heater Leak.
Leaking is a common issue with water heaters, although they are quite difficult to pinpoint most of the time. Plumbers will have to be the ones who will take care of this issue and it can really be expensive and time-consuming, especially if the leaks are bad enough. If leaks are left untreated, a lot of damage can render your water heater far too damaged.
2. When there is little to no hot water.
This may mean that you need a bigger tank for you water heater, since water is running out for the use of many people in your household. A bigger tank will hold more water that can be heated for future use that can suffice a lot of people.
3. Building Codes had changed.
Checking your local building codes regularly can help you with this issue. If you have moved from different states, you will end up with different building codes, thus your water heated needs to be changed as well.
4. The Warranty is out. Water heaters usually have a 12-year warranty, and if you have completed those 12 years, most likely your water heater had aged quite a bit. This may be a signal to replace or just upgrade your water heater, since you will no longer have coverage for repair of your water heater, and given the age, potentially it will have a bit of damage. Repairing water heaters is expensive and can squeeze out a lot if you are not careful enough. Plus, the design of your water heater, after a decade, will be outdated and might use energy recklessly.