We don’t usually think about our hot water – until we don’t have any. Hot water heaters don’t last forever, and once they get older their energy efficiency and dependability begins to decline. Should your water heater fail, it can be far more than an inconvenience. Hot water heater failure can cause significant damage in your home.
Generally, water heaters last 10 – 15 years. If you’re close to hitting that milestone, it might be time to consider a replacement, before it becomes an emergency.
If your hot water heater fails, upwards of 500 gallons per hour of water could get pumped into your home. If you are at work or away, that spells catastrophe. All that water pumping into your home or basement will cause major water damage, and loss of property and priceless belongings.
If you need another reason to start exploring hot water heater replacement, here are some additional benefits that may surprise you:
Newer water heaters rate far higher efficiency and therefore save energy. They are designed with better insulation and take less time to heat the water, making modern heaters more efficient. When less energy is used, greenhouse gas emissions are lower, helping to reduce waste.
Heating our domestic water is a large portion of utility costs!
At Gelinas HVAC, we install energy efficient models with high Uniform Energy Factor rating (UEF). This number calculates how much energy it takes to produce hot water output. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit is.
Since new water heaters are more efficient, they cost less to operate. These energy savings really add up. Pay attention to your utility bills – if you see costs creeping up, it could be because your existing heater is beginning to fail.
Older units tend to be louder when they run than their newer counterparts. Noise generally increases as they age. Homeowners are often surprised by the reduction in white noise when we replace their clunky, old hot water heater.
Sediment buildup in hot water heater tanks is common, so as the years go by this sediment increases and hardens. If your heater is making knocking or rumbling noises (any unusual sounds) you are definitely due for a replacement.
New hot water heaters have better recovery rates which means hot water will replenish faster. If you have more people taking showers and needing hot water in your house, a new unit will ensure no one gets left in the cold. Tankless units heat water on demand, offering limitless hot water supply.
Newer hot water heaters are more streamlined, especially tankless units, and take up less space.