A water heater is a necessity in every American home, but it can also be something that you might not think about a lot when it comes to getting maintenance done on your house. Hiring a local water heater service company to perform regular checkups on your heater could significantly lengthen its life. That said, at some point, all water heaters will eventually need to be replaced. If you are debating whether or not it’s time, here are 3 things to think about that should influence your decision. Is the Water Heater Somewhere Where a Leak Would Do Significant Damage? As your water heater ages or deteriorates, a possible leak could become more likely. If your water heater is located in some corner of the basement and there is nothing valuable around it, then a small leak might not be a huge issue. But if your heater is on the 2nd floor of your house and any kind of leak would damage your carpet or furniture, then you might want to make haste about getting a water heater replacement.  Do You Have Hard Water in Your Area? Hard water can cause some sediment to build up within your water heater, which can eventually lead to trouble. If you know that your water heater is on its last legs, but you are hoping to get a few more months out of it, you may want to reconsider if you know that the quality of water in your area causes problems. You could have someone come out and remove any sediment buildup of course, but that’s putting a band aid on the problem. If your water heater is especially old, you may also find that a modern heater is much better equipped to deal with things like hard water. Get a Professional’s Opinion If your water heater has been making some weird noises or causing problems, the best way to decide if it’s time for a replacement is to get a water heater service out to the house. A professional with the company can do a full inspection and give you an honest opinion about whether or not it’s time for a replacement.  Water heater replacement isn’t cheap, and it’s understandable if you want to put it off as long as possible. But keep in mind that a leak could cause significantly more financial damage to your home than the cost of the replacement. Consider things like the location of the heater in the home, the quality of the water in your area, and the opinion of a water heater professional when deciding when it’s time to make a change. For more information, contact Marv’s Plumbing or a similar...