Posted on 6/20/2013

How long has it been since you replaced your water heater? An inefficient water heater is not only expensive, but it also reduces the amount of hot water you can use at any given time. The following article explores the most important water heater replacement guidelines.

Questions And Answers

When to Replace
Water heaters tend to last for 10 to 13 years, and you should replace your water heater if it is approaching the end of its expected lifespan. If your utility bill seems high, it could be because your water heater is becoming less efficient. Replacing your water heater with a new, more efficient model can save you up to $700 over the life of the new unit.

While many people replace their water heater with one of the same size, you should take the opportunity to reevaluate the ideal size of a new water heater by estimating how much hot water you will need. Use the table at to find out how much water you use to shower, shave, wash dishes and food, and run a dishwasher and clothes washer. You may find that a smaller or larger water heater will fit your needs better than the one you had.

Fuel Type
Electric and propane water heaters are widely available. Depending on your area, you might also have access to fuel oil or natural gas water heaters. Ask your local plumbing company what type of water heater would be most efficient given the energy costs in your area.

Once you have replaced your water heater, you should maintain the new model so it lasts as long as possible. Call your plumbing company once a year to flush the water heater and remove built-up sediment. This will extend the life of your water heater while making it run more efficiently.

If you aren’t sure whether to replace or repair your water heater, contact the experts at Arrow Plumbing, Inc. Based in Libertyville, our plumbing company employs top-notch technicians and offers high-quality water heaters. Call us at (888) 349-8161 for more information.