When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

Safety First

You may be tempted to mess with your water heater yourself, but since you are dealing with electricity and gas, it may be time to call a professional. Midway Plumbing is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year, so call us with any issues and we’d be happy to help.

To Replace or Repair

Water heaters are designed to last between 8 and 12 years. This can vary on location and usage, but 10 years is around the average. If your water heater is leaking, not working properly or otherwise broken, and is more than 10 years old, it may be time for a replacement.

To determine if a repair is better, make sure that a blown fuse or tripped breaker is not the problem, first.

What to Do If The Water Isn’t Hot Enough

Electric Water Heater

  • Make sure the power is connected, and reset the thermostat.
  • Flush the heater.
  • Insulate your pipes.
  • Replace the thermostat
  • Raise the temperature setting on the thermostat

Gas Water Heater

  • Make sure gas is connected properly
  • Flush the heater
  • Insulate your pipes
  • Clean out the gas burner
  • Raise the temperature setting on the thermostat


Hot water heaters require very little maintenance. If you want to perform maintenance, you can do the following:

  • Drain the heater twice a year
  • Lower the temperature to 120 degrees

We sell water heaters, and will replace and get rid of your old one properly, so contact us today!

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