Did you find yourself constantly running out of hot water during the Thanksgiving holiday? For Woodlawn families who suddenly have houses that are fuller than normal – with kids home from college and out of town guests visiting – maintaining adequate hot water supplies can be challenging.
If you’re wondering if it’s time to upgrade the size of your water heater, here are some points to consider:
How Old is Your Water Heater?
The expected useful life of a water heater is between 15-20 years. This time frame can be shortened when the water heater experiences heavy use, such as serving a large family who shower often and do lots of laundry. If your water heater is approaching this timespan, or has already passed it, it’s time to think about replacing the water heater.
What Is the Condition of Your Water Heater?
Water heaters should operate noiselessly, without any leaks, and in an energy efficient manner. If your water heater makes noises, leaks water, or consumes an excessive amount of energy, it is time to upgrade it.
What Size is Right for Your Household?
Taking into account the variations that can happen with holiday guests, how much hot water does your family need? Smaller families – couples, or single parents with a couple of kids – can get by with a tank that’s 40-50 gallons – while larger families will want a tank that’s 50 gallons or larger.
What Is Your Plan for The Home?
If you’re in your forever home, then replace the water heater whenever it makes sense for the family to do so. However, if you know you’re going to be selling the home in the very near future, and the water heater is otherwise acceptable, it might make sense to skip this repair for now.
Need a Water Heater Upgrade?
Your Woodlawn plumbing service is here to help!