If your water heater emptied its many gallons of water all over the floor or down through your flood preventative drain system, you know you are facing water heater replacement. While there are several parts of a water heater that can be replaced without a full system replacement, the tank itself isn't one of them. However, did you know that there are other situations when water heater replacement makes sense? Here are some of the common and unique reasons why you should consider a new water heater.
1. Repairs are costly. If you are facing a repair bill that would be better spent toward a new unit, particularly if your water heater is several years old, water heater replacement is going to be the wiser option.
2. Added bathroom or renovation. Putting in a new bathroom or adding a luxurious shower or soaker bathtub is going to put added pressure on your current water heater that it might not be capable of handling. It is common to do a water heater replacement to upgrade to a larger tank capacity when adding a bathroom or renovating.
3. Family size increases or schedule changes. Water replacement to a larger capacity can also come in handy if you now have a larger family or your schedules have changed such that everyone wants to shower or take a bath at roughly the same time. If you are finding you run out of hot water, rather than get mad at the last person, consider upgrading to a larger tank or even putting in a second water heater. The opposite can also occur, and if your family size reduces as your children grow up and move elsewhere, you may want to decrease the tank size to save on utilities.
If you would like information about water heater replacement so you can make an informed decision as to whether this is a good option for you, give us a call at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Southern Pines. We will be happy to advise you about the options available. We can also help you with the plumbing needed to facilitate a different size tank or for your bathroom renovation. Call us with any questions you may have.