We often bring up water heater replacement in our online and Facebook posts. Some readers might assume it’s not just sound advice. Today we’re going to go a little deeper on why hot water heaters need to be replaced.

Like any other home appliance, it can be a surprising hit to your budget. Just like your refrigerator, microwave or even your car, replacing the water heater will result in one less headache you can count on for several years. Consider that neglecting to replace your water heater before it fails ends up costing far more in repairs and operational costs. So here’s some additional points why it’s important to recognize the signs that your ready to need a replacement:

Your current water heater no longer meets your needs.

80 GallonWhether you have a tank or tankless water heater, every water heater is meant to be installed according to power and capacity. Simply put, if your family has grown by adding children or parents, you may need one of the bigger storage tank heaters 50-75 gallons. Alternatively, empty nesters likely will only need a 40 gallon or perhaps a tankless water heater. Muccia Plumbing techs will guide you on the best choice based on a discussion rather than merely a one for one replacement.

BW TanklessMuccia guidance combined with family changes you provide, ensures the right size, type and capacity to install. We’ll recommend the right size water heater to keep your heating bill low while maintaining both comfort and convenience.


Loss of Efficiency

In the context of water heating, the word  “efficiency” means how much you must spend on average. Efficiency and utility bills are one of the first indicators that your water heater needs replacing. If you do not see your water heater usage suddenly doubled or tripled, there should be no reason for your water heater costs to rise.


More frequent calls for repairs

Woman in her kitchen on cell phone sitting in front of laptop. AC problems?Have you found yourself calling in for water heater services in #BergenCounty more than once in the same year? That is a huge clue a complete failure is close. Water heaters more than any other home appliance should never require more than one repair. If you have needed to call a plumber twice, or just once every year, it is clearly a sign that your water heater needs replacing.

Here’s the “but”. If your water heater is 8 years old or less and giving you these signs of problem, call Muccia Plumbing. One of the frequently early failures is the purchase of a new water heater from a home improvement center. If it’s a plumbing-supply-only brand like Bradford White, it may be eligible for replacement under the manufacturer’s warranty. Of course, using a general “handyman” instead of a NJ licensed master plumber such as Muccia Plumbing, may be proving unqualified repairs to generate revenue or simply incompetence.

Age is still the #1 reason to replace a water heater.

Bradford White Serial Number to Age TableAs we have stated many times, age is usually the most frequent reason for water heater replacement. A quality brand water heater, still under 7-8 years old, can be solved with a maintenance check or a repair. Leaking water, high fuel costs and poor efficiency on a 10 year or older unit requires replacement. Imagine having guests on a holiday stay-over and suddenly there is no hot water. The table to the left is Bradford White’s guide to determining the manufactured date one of their hot water tanks. It’s tough to read here so please visit https://www.bradfordwhite.com/find-your-model-and-serial-number#

Hot water inspection sticker

However, regardless of the brand, its usually easier to read your town’s inspection and approval sticker.

If you look at the date row, the bottom is dated 08/22/16 and signed by the inspector.

Bottom Line: How long should a tank or tankless last?

The life expectancy of water heaters varies between each type.

Tank water heaters: 8 to 12 years.

Tankless water heaters: Over 20 years.

While there is no hard rule, where your water heater lands on the scale depends on 1) the quality and brand of the water heater 2) installation and right-sizing by a master plumber 3) proper maintenance such as draining the tank to remove scale or sediment.

Muccia Plumbing features Made in the USA Water Heaters, both tank and tankless, from Bradford White. Our techs are trained by the manufacturers of all products we service to ensure proper installation and use.

The choice is simple. Now that we’ve given you a detailed lesson on water heaters, there’s only one thing left to say “I call Muccia” and schedule an appointment 201-588-5907