Are you planning a home renovation project for later this year? Are you making a list of things that need to be repaired or replaced? While there are many things that may come to mind when making such a list, your water heater may not be one of the first things you think of unless it's already causing problems for you. But even if it seems to be working more or less fine right now, it may still be time to consider replacing your heater with a new model. Some indications that you need a new water heater may include:
Maintenance performed: In order to continue to work for as long as possible, a standard hot water heater should be drained and flushed out at least once a year. This draining and flushing will remove various debris from the water heater's tank, debris like hard water residue, and help prevent it from corroding the tank lining. If your water heater is several years old but the tank has never been cleaned out, now is not the time to start. It is likely too late to prevent any corrosion and the sediment may now be plugging micro-holes in the tank lining. Prevent possible future leaks by having a new water heater installed as soon as possible.
Water temperature: As sediment builds up in the tank of a hot water heater, it can become more difficult for the heater to actually heat the water. Instead of being able to handle a hot shower, the dishwasher being run on hot, and warm or hot water being used in your washing machine all at once, your water heater may only be able to handle one at a time. If your water heater can't at least handle two relatively hot showers in quick succession, it's probably time to consider replacing it with a newer model.
Type of water heater: Certain types of water heaters are easier to maintain and repair than other types. An electric hot water heater often has very little in the way of user serviceable parts. If the heating element breaks down, there may be little that you can do about it except to wait for your plumber. On the other hand, a gas water heater that refuses to actually heat may only need to have the burner cleaned before it will function once more. If you live somewhere that often experiences heavy snow, you may want to replace your water heater with a model that is easier for the average person to maintain and keep in good repair.
For more information or assistance, contact companies like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc.