Your water heater plays a major role in your comfort and your home’s overall functionality. Your laundry, dishes, and steamy shower all rely on this appliance. You don’t want to go without a water heater for long, so you should keep an eye out for signs that it’s nearly time for a new water heater.
The System Is Near the End of Its Life Span
The average tank water heater has a life span of about 10 years. If the system is well-maintained, it may last a few years longer. A tankless water heater will last for around 20 years. Scheduling annual tune-ups for your water heater can extend its life span while simultaneously reducing your energy bill, improving performance, and preventing the need for repairs. If yours is near or past its anticipated life span, you may want to consider investing in a new water heater.
The Water Heater Needs Major Repairs
The occasional minor repair isn’t a cause for serious concern, but you should start thinking about a new water heater if you’re faced with a major repair or a string of smaller repairs starts to add up. Some signs that your water heater may need repairs include:
- Moisture or puddles around the base of the water heater.
- Corrosion on the sides of the tank.
- Discolored water, indicating possible corrosion inside the tank.
- Cloudy water, indicating a buildup of sediment.
- Knocking, rumbling, or popping sounds inside the water heater.
- Cold water, either consistently or in bursts within the flow of hot water.
These issues are all indicators of water heater problems that require professional repair. In some cases, you may find that the issue is small, such as the need for a new heating element. In other instances, you might discover serious corrosion that necessitates purchasing a replacement water heater.
You Want To Conserve Energy
A new water heater will nearly always help you reduce your energy bills. When looking for a new water heater, remember to check the Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) rating. This tells you how much energy the system uses. A higher UEF rating denotes greater energy efficiency. Compare this to your current water heater’s UEF rating and you’ll get an idea of how much more efficiently a new model will function compared to your existing one.
A tankless water heater is 24% to 34% more energy efficient for homes using 41 gallons or less of hot water daily. If you have a larger household, you’ll save even more with an additional efficiency from 8% to 14% higher if you use about 86 gallons of water daily. A plumbing professional can guide you in choosing the right tank or tankless water heater that best suits your budget and needs.
Are you interested in learning more about the latest options for new water heater installations? Our expert team members can answer all your questions. Contact Plumbing Outfitters today to start exploring the ever-expanding world of water heaters. When you’re ready to schedule your new installation, we can provide a prompt appointment and streamlined installation process so you’ll be up and running again in no time.