water-heater-maintenanceWhen it comes to replacing a water heater, there’s naturally going to be some hesitance. For one, you may not want to invest in a brand-new appliance. And two, you may think that your current water heater is running just fine.

However, when that time does come, replacing the water heater is a huge favor to yourself. Neglecting to replace at the right time can end up costing far more in repairs and operational costs. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs you need replacement:

It’s No Longer Right for Your Needs

Regardless of whether your water heater has a tank or not, every water heater is installed according to its power and capacity. For example, a particularly large family may need one of the bigger storage tank heaters. On the other hand, a small family of three might only need a tankless water heater. A good plumber will have installed that water heater based on these factors.

So, if you suddenly change your water-use habits, or if the size of your family changes, you might need to make an upgrade or downgrade. Having the right size water heater will keep your heating bill low while maintaining comfort and convenience.

Loss of Efficiency

When we talk “efficiency,” we mean how much you must spend on average. Efficiency and utility bills are one of the first indicators that your water heater needs service. As long as your water heater usage hasn’t suddenly doubled or tripled, there should be no reason for your water heater costs to rise.

Common reasons for a loss of efficiency stem from an aging system or from a buildup of water heater sediment in storage tank heaters.

More and More Repairs

Have you found yourself calling in for water heater services in Phoenix more than once in the same year? That’s definitely not a good sign. The needs for repairs should be far and few between. Anything as frequent as twice, or even once per consecutive year, could be a sign that your water heater is in need of replacement.

If your water heater is still under 8 years old and having these issues, we suggest getting a second opinion. It may be faulty and eligible for replacement under the manufacturer’s warranty. Worst-case scenario, you may be receiving subpar repair service.


Age is commonly the deciding factor for whether you need water heater replacement. While the water heater is still young, most problems it develops can be solved with a maintenance check or a repair. But if your water heater struggles with repairs and efficiency and is shown to be older than 10, you may be fighting a losing battle.

The life expectancy of water heaters varies between each type.

Tank water heaters: 10 to 15 years.

Tankless water heaters: Over 20 years.

Hybrid water heaters: 13 to 15 years.

Where your water heater lands on the scale depends on how well it has been taken care of during its life.

Is your water heater in need of replacement? Contact The Trusted Plumber today to schedule a service.

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