When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

Are you considering a water heater replacement? One key part of your decision should be the age of your water heater. After all, you don’t want to pay to replace a water heater that has a lot of years left in it, but you also don’t want to waste money on repairs when a replacement makes a lot more sense.

At Dillon Plumbing, we help homeowners just like you make this decision all the time. Here’s what you need to know about the length of water heater life so you can make the best choice for you.

How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

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If you’re wondering, “How often should water heaters be replaced?” you’re not alone. However, the answer can be complicated.

Most conventional water heaters – those are the ones with the large cylindrical tanks – last 10-15 years. However, some makes and models only last 8-10 years, and some gas versions are only designed to last 6-8 years.

The lifespan of your particular water heater will be determined by its make and model. If you’re not sure how long it’s designed to last, our experts can take a look at it and let you know.

If you have a tankless water heater, it’s likely designed to last 20-30 years. This is a big range! Again, the exact lifespan of your particular water heater depends on its make, model, as well as how often you use it.

The answer to your question about how often to replace a water heater is that it varies. Our team can help you get a better idea of what the answer might be for you.

When to Replace Your Water Heater?

Other factors, in addition to water heater life, should be considered. If your water heater is old but working well, there’s no need to replace it unless you’re worried about a catastrophic breakdown one day.

Similarly, your water heater might be within its lifespan but not large enough to give you all the hot water you need. In this case, the only way to fix the issue is a water heater replacement.

If you want to save money on energy costs, you may also need to replace your water heater with a more energy-efficient version in order to do so.

Our team from Dillon Plumbing can help you evaluate all of these factors to make a decision you feel good about. Call us anytime, we’re your Metro Boise water heater replacement pros!