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When was the last time you thought about the condition of your water heater? Too long ago to remember? Maybe never?

Unless you step into the shower one morning and are jolted awake by freezing cold water pouring onto your head, we’re willing to bet your water heater is “out of sight, out of mind.”

That’s a perfectly natural attitude, but it could spell trouble down the road. Here at LimRic, our water heater replacement experts in Charleston, SC, want to help you prevent water heater failure and get the service you need before it’s too late. In this post, we will highlight some common warning signs of imminent water heater breakdown and help you decide whether to repair or replace this essential appliance.

Whether you’ve spotted any clear red flags regarding your water heater, or you’ve noticed something is a little bit “off” with your water temperature, you have a decision to make. Ride out your current unit for a few more years, or invest in an upgrade?

Here are four key considerations to keep in mind.

  • Age. Water heaters typically last 10-15 years, and the age of your water heater is a crucial factor in your decision to repair or replace. Check the manufacture date on the label affixed to the water heater, and investigate whether your warranty period has expired. 
  • Performance. If the water from your faucets takes a long time to get warm or you have to turn the shower all the way up to reach a satisfactory temperature, your water heater is working too hard for a less-than-acceptable outcome. That means it’s wasting energy, wearing down quickly, and costing you money. 
  • Cost. Before making any kind of final decision, you should have your water heater inspected and get a professional’s opinion, as well as an estimate on repairs. Will you be spending so much on repairing the old water heater that a new one is a more cost-effective solution?
  • Tankless vs. Tank. Have you thought about upgrading to a tankless water heater? They provide an unlimited supply of hot water, use less energy than traditional tank models, last longer overall, and require a lot less maintenance. Ask your plumber if this highly efficient, cost-effective option is the right one for your home. 

Now that you have all that food for thought, it’s time to give your water heater some much-needed attention. Give the team at LimRic a call today to schedule an inspection or fix a broken water heater in Charleston, SC, and the surrounding region. We’ll help you decide what’s best for your home, your family, and your budget.

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