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When your natural gas water heater isn’t working as well as it usually does, it can be hard to tell whether you need a repair or a whole new system. We’re here to help you decide how to use your hard-earned dollars when the time comes to decide the future of your unit.
With proper maintenance, a natural gas water heater tank typically lasts 6 to 12 years. So, if yours is more than 10 years old, it may be time to give up on repairs and research new tank options. If you’re not sure how old your water heater is, you can check the serial number to find out.
Have you noticed that your hot showers haven’t been lasting as long as usual? A lower volume of hot water might mean it’s time to replace, especially if you are also noticing higher natural gas bills.
Mysterious banging or hissing noises coming from your natural gas water heater could be a sign that something has broken beyond repair.
Whether on the unit or in your water lines, corrosion is never a good sign. Rust can appear visibly on the tank or in the form of red or brown tap water and seeing it could mean your natural gas water heater has reached the end of its life.
A leak in your water heater may seem like your unit is just in need of repair. However, if it’s leaking to the point that puddles are forming around your natural gas water heater, it may be time to look for a new unit.
If you have your repairperson on speed dial, it’s probably time to stop repairing and start with a new system. The cost of a new unit will likely be balanced out by the decrease in repairs and your lowered natural gas bill, which is important to note when considering the cost of replacing your natural gas heater.
To avoid the cost of replacing your natural gas heater, you can first try to troubleshoot any issues on your own. Here are a few things to do before you call for repairs or purchase a new system:
If you’ve done all of this and you still have issues, it’s time to call a contractor or start researching a new system.
A new natural gas water heater is a big investment, and we want to help you make it last as long as possible. Here are some maintenance tips to prolong the life of your system:
Whether you’re able to repair or have to replace, we hope we’ve helped you get the most out of your natural gas water heater.
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