When preparing for the cold weather, you probably first think of the heating system that provides warmth for your household. But there’s another heating system to pay attention to, one that works all around the year: the water heater.
As winter weather comes closer, now is a good time to consider your water heater’s performance and whether it’s ready to be replaced. Being trapped without hot water is unpleasant any day of the year—but it’s especially miserable during chilly winter weather. We’ve provided some questions to ask about your old water heater that will help you decide on when to replace it.
How old is the water heater?
First things first, check to see how long the water heater has been in place. It’s especially important to know this if the water heater was already in the home when you moved in. The average storage tank water heater can last between 10 to 15 years. If your residential water heater is older than 15 years, it ought to be replaced before the effects of aging can harm its performance.
Is the water heater still delivering the amount of hot water it once did?
A decline in the volume of hot water from a water heater is one of the strongest signs that the system is starting to fail. When people in your household begin complaining about going without hot showers in the morning, look into getting a new water heater.
Are heating bills rising without explanation?
The water heater uses more energy than any other appliance in your house. When it begins to deteriorate, it will create a noticeable rise in your energy bills (either electric or gas). An unexpected utility bill increase is a good reason to have a water heater professional inspect the system to see if it needs to be either repaired or replaced.
For water heater replacement services, call Comfort Flow Heating in Eugene, OR.