Do I Need a New Water Heater?

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Water heaters are incredibly sturdy systems. They need to be, in order to cope with being used multiple times a day all year round. No matter how well constructed, though, water heaters don’t last forever. There will come a time when you need to replace yours, and the sooner you can recognize the signs the better off you’ll be. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that your water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan.

Output Failure

If you put enough demand on a water heater, for a long enough period of time, you’re eventually going to exhaust it. The older a water heater gets, though, the more worn out it’s going to be and the less output it’s going to be able to generate. If your water heater can’t seem to cope with even a moderate level of demand anymore, it might be that it’s simply too worn out to continue.


Water heaters shouldn’t need repairs too often, assuming you’re scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year. The older a water heater gets, though, the more likely it will be to develop problems. If you need to repair your water heater more than once a year, especially if it’s a different part that breaks each time, it means that you need to install a new water heater.


Water heaters are typically manufactured to last between 15 and 20 years. You can keep one going past that point, of course, but it will start to develop issues like those listed above. Older water heaters will very quickly become more trouble than they’re worth. If your water heater is older than two decades, you should talk to a professional about whether or not you need a new one.

Bell Plumbing and Heating offers a full range of water heater installation services throughout Denver, CO.

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