Water heaters are a huge investment for any home. They can also be confusing, with so many different types and styles on the market. If you’re looking to buy or replace yours in the near future, here are some questions that will help you decide which one is right for you!
What is a water heater and how does it work?
A water heater is an appliance that provides hot water for your home. Conventional units have a storage tank that is heated with either gas or electricity or by solar power and provides continuous hot water throughout the home. New models are tankless and no longer require a water storage tank to hold the water for heating.
How long will my water heater last?
The lifespan of a water heating unit varies depending on usage and quality, but it’s typically between 8 to 10 years. Some factors can impact how long it lasts such as tank size, energy efficiency, type of energy used, and proper maintenance of the unit over the years.
How do I know if my water heater needs to be replaced?
There are some things you can watch for, such as discoloration of the water coming out of faucets and fixtures; rust or sediment buildup in the bottom of the tank; water leaks around the unit; inconsistent hot water temperatures throughout the home; a low volume of hot water… all of these are signs that replacing the unit may become necessary.
Why should I replace my old water heater with a new one?
There are many benefits to replacing your water heating appliance, including saving money on energy bills and getting a more reliable unit that will last longer. In the case of conventional units with a water storage tank, some problems require replacing the unit as repairing problems with the water tank is not an option. Newer, tankless style units don’t have a holding tank and don’t have all of the problems that are associated with a holding tank.