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Here’s Why You Should Replace Your Water Heater BEFORE It Breaks Down

Have you got a water heater that’s 8-20 years old or even older? It might be time to start thinking about a replacement unit.

We know that most people don’t particularly want to go through the process of replacing a water heater if it has not yet broken down. However, you use your water heater every day. And the older it gets, the more it wears down.

And the more worn down your water heater is, the more you risk the following issues:

  • A sudden water heater breakdown in the middle of a hot shower or on a busy morning when you don’t have time to call a technician.
  • Costly emergency repair fees to get a technician out to your home late at night or within a short span of time.
  • Water leaking all over your floor.
  • Water damage if you don’t notice a leak soon enough—such as if it happens while on vacation or while at work.
  • Potential safety issues. Gas leaks, carbon monoxide leaks, and even explosions from pressure buildup are all possibilities.

How can you tell if your water heater really needs replacement, even though it hasn’t broken down? Well if you have an older system you bought decades ago or one that was included with the house, and it isn’t performing properly, it’s definitely time to replace. Often, scheduling repair after repair can cost more over time than replacing it all at once.

Otherwise, we recommend checking with the manufacturer to find out the lifespan of your particular water heater unit. For the record, tank water heaters are only meant to last from about 8-15 years, though it could be more with proper maintenance. Tankless water heaters can last more than 20 years.

Stressed about purchasing a new water heater, even though the older one hasn’t broken down? Remember:

  • Scheduling service now means convenient appointment times and less stress later on.
  • Your new water heater should perform efficiently.
  • Financing may be available.
  • Your family’s wellbeing and comfort is worth it!

If you need water heater service in Verona, call MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. today!

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