The hot water heater is one of the frequently used fixtures around the house, but like any other fixture, it does not get much of an attention until it malfunctions. Suffice it to say, it is very important that water heaters be well maintained, and at least be seen by a professional maintenance person mat least once a year.
This way, at least the water heater will be diagnosed for issues that it could have, and that these issues will be nipped in the bud. It is after all in the best interest of any homeowner to have his water heater optimally running, and living its intended lifespan because number one – it regularly consumes utilities and can spike it up if it is ill maintained; secondly, it is an expensive fixture, therefore replacing it or having it repaired can be quite expensive too.
Water Heaters though have an intended lifespan. There really will come a time when it would need to be replaced. So when can a homeowner know when it is time to stop the routine repairs, throw in the towel, and buy a new one?
Plumbing experts say that if the water heater is relatively old or operating for more than 10 years, it may be energy inefficient and counterproductive to keep. For instance repairs that are usually hinged on tank leaks should be considered as a red flag as leaks are usually beyond repair. But for a relatively new one that keeps on being repaired, the homeowner may have to dig a bit deeper.
What is good to note though is that while a water heater replacement may be expensive at first, an upgrade will eventually pay for itself. The homeowner will be able to reap the rewards of a more modern and an energy efficient water heater through lower utility consumption that can be translated through a lower electric or gas bill. Moreover, switching to an energy efficient water heater is eco-friendlier. Actually for eco-friendly and sustainable households the switch is just the right thing to do as it lessens the whole household’s carbon footprint. The lesser the carbon footprint, the better for the environment.
In the end it is in the homeowner’s decision whether to replace or to upgrade. If the homeowner chooses to upgrade then it is in his best interest to shop around and study all the available water heater options for his home. As they say, one should buy the best type his budget can afford so that quality can be assured. After all a home water heater system is an important equipment used in the entire home on a daily basis.