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Do I Need a New Water Heater?

Your water is one of those appliances that you rarely give any thought to, but you use every single day in a variety of ways. Without your water heater functioning properly, you wouldn’t be able to wash your dishes, wash your hands, shower, bathe, do laundry, make coffee, or tea, and so much more. So when your water stops working you’ll the tough decision of figuring out whether you need to replace the system or whether you can get away with a few repairs.

Signs You Need a New Water Heater

There are many factors to consider when figuring out if you should purchase a new water heater. Below are some of the most important factors.


The first thing you should do when trying to make this decision is to consider the age of your current water heater. If you have a tank water heater and it’s over a decade old, then you should consider replacing it since most conventional systems have a lifespan of 12 years. For a tankless water heater, this cutoff is closer to 15 to 18 years. By making the replacement now, you won’t spend as much on repairs or have to worry about disastrous water damage.

Build Up

If you’ve noticed your water heater working less efficiently, or rusty colored water coming out of your plumbing fixtures, you have a problem. Either your water heater has a buildup of sediment and needs to be flushed or you have larger problem on your hands.

Frequent Repairs

If your plumber has become your best friend because of how often you call him out to inspect your water heater, then you probably have a problem. In most cases, you can install your water heater and forget about it, with the exception of flushing it out twice a year. If you’re unable to do this because there’s always something wrong, you should consider a replacement.

Do you still have questions you need answers to? Or have you fully committed to replacing your water heater? We can help no matter what! Visit us online or give us a call at (847) 383-0350 to learn more about how we can help!


Contact Kern Heating & Cooling Co. Today!

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