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Is it Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Water heaters are designed to last a rather long time, particularly if you take really good care of them. No matter how well maintained your system is, however, there is going to come a time that eventually you’ll need to replace the water heater.

It’s important that you are able to identify the signs that this time has come. Otherwise, you could be in for an unwelcome surprise some day when you don’t have any hot water available. Keep reading to learn more about what these signs are.

Low Output

If you have a storage tank water heater, then it can be exhausted of all of its water until it has time to refill reheat. However, as a tank water heater ages, it performs more and more inefficiently. If your water heater can’t even handle small demands anymore, then it’s time to consider a replacement.

Frequent Repairs

When you schedule preventive maintenance, you typically are able to avoid costly emergencies, and usually don’t have to have it repaired very often. Water heaters aren’t like HVAC systems that involve many different components. However, the more your water heater ages, the more worn out it gets. As a result, it will need repairs. If you find yourself calling for repairs every few months, then it’s time to determine if it would be more cost-effective to replace the system instead.


Typically, your water heater should be able to last 1-15 years. Past that point, it will most likely get so worn down that it will start to develop problems such as the ones mentioned above. If your water heater system is over a decade old, then installing a new one now might be your best bet.

Give Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. a call for all your water heater service needs in Evansdale, IA. Your comfort is our promise!

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