If you have been having frequent issues with your water heater, it might be time to replace it. Water heaters can last a long time with proper maintenance and regular repairs, but they don't last forever. Aside from simply wanting an upgrade, the following signs can tell you when it is time to have your current hot water heater replaced.
There Is a Metallic Smell or Taste
Experiencing issues with the smell or taste of your hot water when it is turned on from the shower or faucet is a sign of a problem. It could be minor or major, so this isn't necessarily a sign that it needs to be replaced. However, it is not uncommon for your plumber to find a serious problem when this happens. For example, if the metallic smell or taste is due to the heater breaking down and causing metal pieces to enter the water tank, it is typically a sign that you need a new water heater. This is often due to age and simply means you need to get a new unit.
You Are Getting it Repaired Often
There comes a time when the breakdowns and repairs of your water heater become too much. Routine maintenance and occasional repairs are not uncommon. The majority of appliances in your home aren't going to work at full capacity 100 percent of the time. However, if you find that you have spent so much on repairs that you could have purchased a new unit or two by now, it is a good sign that you should stop with the repairs and just have a plumber replace the entire unit. That way, the money is going toward a good investment instead of temporary fixes.
Your Energy Bill Is Rising
If you have found that the longer you have your current water heater, the higher your energy bill gets, it is probably time to replace it. The water heater is working harder, which often causes the bill to rise. While a new water heater will be a significant investment, that money will be more than made up over time when you save money on your monthly energy bill. Use this as an opportunity to get a more energy-efficient unit to save even more.
Since there are many types of modern water heaters available, replacing the unit is a good time to discuss the different options. You might want to switch to a solar water heater or choose an electric one if you currently have a unit running on gas. Talk to your plumber about the options for your hot water units.