The water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. If it breaks, it can cause a major disruption to your life, interrupting your supply of hot water and possibly heat for your entire home. It can also cause costly flooding. So when should you replace a water heater? How long does the average water heater last, and when can it be repaired rather than replaced? In this week’s blog, Gold Star Services explains how to make the best decision for your water heater.
How Long Does a Water Heater Last?
Water heaters are built to last for years, but they don’t last forever. Like any appliance, they will need replacement eventually. The longevity of your water heater depends on various factors, including:
- Whether it is regularly serviced and maintained
- Usage in your home
- Make and model
Even a water heater that gets yearly professional maintenance won’t last forever, although it should last much longer than a water heater that is never serviced. On average, you can expect your water heater to last about 8-12 years. Some can last longer, but it may not be worth it to roll the dice. A water heater that breaks can cause a major flood and water damage in your home.
When Should You Replace a Water Heater?
The average water heater lasts 8-12 years. If your water heater is ten years old or more, you will definitely want to start thinking about proactive replacement. Waiting much longer means you risk the water heater bursting, or just not working. Being without hot water, even for a day, can be a major inconvenience for your household.
Can You Repair a Water Heater?
Whether you can repair a water heater depends on what the problem is. Some issues,such as a faulty temperature and pressure relief valve, can be repaired. Others, like a leaky water heater tank, cannot be repaired and will necessitate replacement. If your water heater is having a problem, it’s important to have the issue professionally diagnosed by an HVAC technician.
Contact Gold Star Services for Expert Water Heater Repair and Replacement
Gold Star Services is experienced at servicing, repairing, and replacing all types and models of water heaters. Learn more about our water heater services and call us at (302) 376-7677 for help repairing or replacing your water heater!