When it comes to replacing commercial water heaters, there is both good and bad news. The good news is that these systems are designed to cope with a lot of demand. They’re meant to provide hot water for possibly hundreds of people on a property, and they’re up to the task. The bad news is that even the best commercial water heater can’t stand up to that kind of strain indefinitely. Sooner or later, there is going to be a time when you have to replace the system. If you know what to look for ahead of time, you can install a new commercial system before the old one breaks down on you. Have a look at some of the common signs that you need to install a new commercial water heater.
Consistently Low Output
Commercial water heaters don’t run out of hot water very often, depending on the property they serve. Not many employees take long showers in commercial environments, after all. Still, you should take note if your commercial water heater seems to be struggling to meet moderate demand. Consistently low output could mean a number of things for your water heater, none of them good. Depending on how old the system is, it’s possible that years of wear and tear have simply reduced the efficiency of the system to the point that it’s not able to keep up anymore. If that’s the case, the only remedy is to replace it.
Constant Repair Issues
Even a system as hardy as a commercial water heater is going to need repairs every once in a while. It’s pretty much inevitable. However, there’s a difference between needing a small repair every handful of years, and needing to repair the system every few months. Constant repair needs are a major indication that your commercial water heater is reaching the end of its life. You should replace the system at that point, both to preserve your budget and your sanity. Think of it this way: you’re just replacing your current system one part at a time if you do nothing.
You can do your best to mitigate risk for your commercial water heater, with regular maintenance and prompt repairs. You can’t beat time, though. Sooner or later, the system will simply get too old to be worth keeping around. The average commercial water heater has a lifespan of around 10-15 years. That will vary slightly, depending on the individual property in which it is installed. However, it probably won’t change more than a year or two in either direction. If your commercial water heater is older than 15 years, you should consult with a professional about whether or not it’s a good idea to replace it. The system might be good for another few years, or it might be in need of replacement right away. You won’t know until you check.
EMI Mechanical offers a full range of commercial water heater replacement services in Jackson, MS. If you need commercial water heater services, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers.