When was the last time you thought about your water heater? Was it when you purchased it and had it installed? PRobably. As long as they’re working properly, it’s pretty easy to forget about that valuable appliance that’s responsible for your clean clothes, dishes, car, etc. But just because the water’s hot when it comes out of the faucet doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement.
Keep reading for signs that it’s time to say goodby to your old water heater and hello to a new one.
Signs You Need a New Water Heater
There’s a lot to keep in mind when considering purchasing a new water heater. These are a few of the biggest indicators that it’s time:
Age. One of the best indicators for needing a new water heater is the age of your current one. If your water heater is over a decade old, it’s on the decline and will begin to encounter some problems you haven’t faced. By purchasing a new water heater now, you won’t need to spend as much on repairs or worry about disastrous water damage.
Sediment or rust. If you turn a faucet on and the water coming out is rusty instead of clear, you have a problem. Now, this could be a sign that your water heater needs to be flushed out, but if you’ve already done so recently then call a professional for assistance.
No hot water. This one is pretty obvious, but if you’re consistently dealing with no hot water in your house, it’s time to upgrade and move on, because, at that point, your water heater is nothing more than a glorified storage tank.
Frequent repairs. If you find yourself calling your plumber every month with questions and concerns about your water heater, then it’s probably time for a new one. Like we said before, you should be able to install your water heater and forget about it (for the most part).
Types of Water Heaters
You’re probably familiar with the standard tank water heater and maybe even the newer tankless models, but there are a variety of other models to consider.
Some of the most common types of water heaters are:
Conventional storage water heaters are a common option and offer a ready reservoir (tank) of hot water.
Tankless or on-demand water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. Contrary to popular belief, the water is not instantly hot, you will still have a waiting period before the water is at your desired temperature.
Heat pump water heaters move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly for your hot water.
Solar water heaters, as you can imagine, use the sun's heat to provide hot water. These are less popular than the other options we’ve mentioned.
No matter which type of water you go with, you’ll see savings in energy and water when you upgrade to a newer more efficient model.
How a New Water Heater Will Benefit You
A new water heater will benefit your home in a number of ways. It will keep you from taking surprise cold showers, limit your chances of water damage, and save you money on utility and water costs.
If you have questions about upgrading your water heater, call the professionals at HPS Plumbing Services. We have a ton of discounts available right now for new water heater installations. Visit us online or give us a call at (858) 217-4112 to learn more about how we can help!