Residential water heaters can last between 8 to 12 years before they need to be replaced. Since the internal parts become corroded with calcium, magnesium and other minerals or debris, the water heater becomes less efficient over time.
Flushing the water heater on a regular basis may help keep it working longer, however, there are telltale signs that will alert you that it’s time for a water heater replacement before it fails completely.
Signs you need a water heater replacement.
- If the water is unclear and rusty
- If your tank has any rust or corrosion
- The water is not getting hot enough
- If the water has a strange odor or a metallic taste
- Leakage around the water heater is a sign of trouble indicating the major failure.
- If it’s over 10 years old, it’s the end of the lifespan
If you’re water heater calls for replacement, you can either get the same unit or upgrade it depending upon your needs. For example… you may either increase or decrease the units holding capacity depending on the number of members in your family and the type of use.
Some of the important features to be considered for water heater replacement
- Gallon capacity
- Number of gallons heater will heat in an hour
- Energy efficiency
When replacing your existing water heater, choose carefully. Select the water heater that satisfies your needs and one which uses as little energy as possible.
Storage tank water heater
- One of the most common types of water heater is a storage tank water heater which are available in electric and gas models.
- It has an insulated tank where the water is heated. Hot water is pulled out of the top of the water heater by replacing the cold water flow in the bottom. So the hot water is always available for use.
- The tank capacity of storage water heater ranges from 30 to 100 gallons. You can select the tank size according to your use.
- You should also consider the recovery rate of a storage water heater that is the number of water they can heat in an hour.
Tankless water heater
- This type of water heater supplies hot water on demand.
- The water is heated when it passes through a heat exchanger.
- Tankless water heaters are available in electric and gas models.
- The flow rate of hot water is limited it provides 5 to 11 gallons per minute.
Pros and Cons of a tank type water heater
- It is less expensive and available in varied range of sizes.
- Installation can cost up to 1500.00 for a 40 to 50 gallon tank.
- Life span is 10 to 12 years.
- Short time installation around 2 to 3 hours.
- Loss of energy as the heating process is a continuous process.
- It is bulky in size taking up a good amount of space of your house.
Pros and Cons of a tankless water heater
- Energy efficient, uses 20% to 30% less energy as compared to storage water tanks.
- It heats the water only at the time of use so very little or no standby energy loss.
- It doesn’t take up much space as it is compact in size and can be installed outside.
- It is expensive to install. Installation charges are as high as $3500.
- Flow of hot water is limited according to the size of the unit.
- Long installation time around 8 hours.
- Life span is up to 20 years.
A water heater installation should always be done by a professional plumber so as to avoid any problems. Clovis Plumbing Services provides you with the best solution for your next water heater replacement.