If you have a water heater that is not performing well, you likely are wondering whether to repair or replace it. Choices in new heaters have been greatly expanded in the last few years. Innovative developments and increased efficiency beckon homeowners to purchase instead of maintain or repair. This article will help you decide.

Points to Consider Regarding Water Heater Lifespan

The average lifespan of a traditional heater that runs on electricity is about 10 years. Older propane or natural gas water heaters with storage tanks tend to wear out a bit sooner. A few years back, the life expectancy of tankless water heaters was only five to seven years. The latest models, however, sport improvements that reduce corrosion and increase lifespan. Some even come with a 15-year limited warranty.

New Styles and Features

You now can heat water with solar power, find propane heaters with burners made of stainless steel, and take advantage of new technology that reduces mineral buildup. Choose a gas heater that reduces atmosphere-polluting fumes by 75 percent, or pick an ENERGY STAR certified tankless heater.

When to Replace Your Water Heater

There are times that it does not pay to put more money into your old heater. Let these basic rules serve as your guide:

  • Purchase a new heater if the one you have develops a leak. A leak now means more later.
  • If your heater is past its warranty and the repair costs would be more than 10 percent of the expense of installing a new heater, buy new.
  • If your current heater does not meet the needs of your growing family or uses excessive amounts of power or fuel, replace it with a newer model. Tankless water heaters fueled by propane or gas save money and give the fastest, most consistent results in producing hot water on demand.

American-Made Tankless Water Heaters for Pennsylvania Residents

Custom Aire features both Bradford White and AO Smith water heaters. Made in the United States, these heaters are up to 30 percent more efficient than older styles. If you live in the greater Philadelphia area, check out Custom Aire’s offerings and services or call (215) 638-1800.