When Do I Need To Replace My Hot Water Heater?

Most people only replace their hot water heater when it bursts or develops a leak. It goes without saying that you should probably get it serviced or replaced before then.

It’s also a good idea to consider replacing the unit when it is old and in need of major repairs. In this case, a client should ask themselves if it is a good economic decision to spend a lot of money repairing an old heater or would it be better to replace it with a new heater that has a long manufacturers warranty.

You will also need to consider if the current hot water heater meets the demands of the household occupants or a growing family. If it isn’t delivering, then you may be in need of a new system.

The team at O’Shea Plumbing recently came across a case where five adults wanted a hot water heater that could supply sufficient hot water for them all to be able to have showers in a short period of time each morning before leaving for work. The hot water heater had to be able to deliver enough hot water for two showers at a time and not run out of hot water. A Rinnai 26 Infinity continuous flow hot water heater was the answer!

Another reason to change the existing hot water heater is to upgrade to a high-efficiency continuous flow gas unit or a Solar Apricus unit or an electric heat pump unit.

The very old gravity feed hot water heaters in the roof space, are way past their use-by date. If you own one of these it is best to disconnect it, drain them down, and to replace them with an external gas storage or continuous flow high-efficiency unit before they burst and cause a flood.

O’Shea Plumbing is committed to providing the highest quality of hot water maintenance and installation Melbourne wide. Contact us today for a fast quote on (03) 9888 2887.

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