A water heater can have issues throughout its lifetime. It may stop providing hot water to your home, which can put a hinge on your day. Not having hot water to wash your dishes, or to bathe in can be a pain, especially after more than a day of this, and when you have a house full of people. If your water heater has stopped giving you hot water, or it runs out of hot water quickly, you may want to consider replacing your water heater. Read on for what you should know about replacing your hot water heater.

When Should You Replace It?

You should replace your hot water heater if it has stopped working and is more cost-effective to replace it rather than repair it. You should also replace it if it's on the older side and if it has broken down often in the past. Continuous repairs may mean that you have a water heater that is either being overworked or you have one that may not be that good of quality. If you have a water heater that has gone beyond its lifetime and is beginning to wear out, you should consider replacing it.

Who Should Replace Your Water Heater?

Your hot water heater should be replaced by a professional plumber. Replacing it yourself can be done if you have knowledge of how to do this job, but if you aren't exactly handy with plumbing, you may not want to even handle this job. It can be difficult to do and will require some braising of copper pipes, as well as require you to handle a gas line. If you aren't sure of what you are doing, it can result in injury or worse. It's best to hire a professional to do this work for you.

What Causes A Hot Water Heater To Breakdown?

A water heater can break down with the number of uses it gets over time. If you have a lot of people in your home, it may get a lot of usage. With time, it can wear out just from everyday use. If your hot water heater is getting too much use and is not able to keep up with the demand, it may not be large enough for your family and you may want to consider replacing it with a new one. If you have hard water, it can cause your water heater to break down, as the hard water minerals can clog the heater core at the base of the water heater, which blocks the heat from getting to the water inside the tank. 

If your hot water heater has stopped working, this may have been due to a number of causes. You should hire a professional to either repair or replace your water heater.  

For more info, contact a local company like Maitland Winter Park Plumbing.