A year ago, our friend Jack said our water heater was probably going to break soon — and he recommended getting it replaced.
We though, “Why spend the money today? It probably has 2–3 years left, and we’ll get a new one when we feel like we can afford it more.”
So Saturday morning, it broke and flooded our basement. Thankfully, recovering from the flood cost no more than a Saturday afternoon and a sore back. But I would have avoided both if I had listened to Jack’s advice.
So my advice to you is this: please listen to your plumber, your doctor or your car mechanic when they say it’s time to get that work done. They probably know more about the problem than you do. And it may cost you more than a Saturday and a sore back to fix that disaster.