Tankless water heaters have a lot to recommend them. They are energy efficient, space efficient, and can last a good long time with proper care and maintenance. However, they are not perfect systems. You’re going to need to replace your tankless water heater system sooner or later, no matter how well you take care of it. Since you probably don’t want to find out that your water heater is failing in the middle of a shower, you should keep an eye out for the signs that your system is nearing the end of its life. That way, you can replace it before it fails completely. Let’s take a look at some of those signs now.
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Water heaters are placed under an extreme amount of stress from the time they are installed onward. Most water heaters never turn off, instead keeping a constant supply of hot water at the ready 24/7, in case you need to use it. This makes annual professional maintenance more important for water heaters than almost any other system. In order for you to understand just how important water heater maintenance is, you should have an understanding of the various procedures that are conducted during an appointment. Read on for an explanation of some of the most common, and important, parts of a water heater maintenance appointment.
As of April of this year, the new Department of Energy water heater regulations are in effect. These new regulations dictate that all new water heaters produced conform to a higher standard of quality in terms of energy efficiency. While this will be a good thing in the long run, it means that prices for that first wave of new water heaters will be higher as manufacturers try to maintain their profit margin.
The older your water heater gets, the more efficiency it’s going to lose to accumulated wear and tear. There’s nothing you can really do about this, it’s just a reality we have to accept. Parts wear out, and when enough parts wear out in the same system it becomes easier and cheaper to replace the system than to replace the parts.
So, how do you know when the time to replace your water heater has arrived?
There are a few different criteria that you can use to decide whether your water heater needs replacing. Let’s take a look at some of the more pertinent ones.
As mentioned above, there’s really nothing to be done about simple wear and tear on your water heater. As with all things, water heaters eventually just wear out. Parts start to lose effectiveness, and eventually they fail. When enough of those parts start failing in rapid succession, it’s a good sign that your water heater is reaching the end of its life. If it seems like you need to have a professional out to service your water heater every few months, talk to them about the possibility of replacing it.
The lifespan of each individual water heater is dictated by its own circumstances. However, it is still possible to estimate approximately how long the average water heater will live. If your water heater is 15 years old or older, then you will probably have to replace it pretty soon. There are, of course, cases where the water heater will last significantly longer. However, 15 years is a good benchmark.
Before the Rules Change
As of April 16th, 2015, new rules will be implemented by the Department of Energy concerning water heater efficiency. These new rules will require that all water heaters manufactured be held to a higher standard of energy efficiency. While a good thing in the long run, water heater prices are expected to spike soon after the rules go into effect. If you’re thinking about replacing your water heater, it would be a good idea to do it before the rules change causes a price increase.
If you need to replace your water heater, call Rentmeister Total Home Service. We provide water heaters throughout the Salt Lake City area.
It wasn’t too long ago that your choice for a new or replacement water heater was pretty simple. These days, there are a number of choices when it comes to hot water heaters, and the main question every homeowner has to ask is, do I want a storage tank type of water heater, or do I go tankless?
Each type of hot water heater has its own benefits, so deciding between the tank vs. tankless water heater debate isn’t as easy as it may seem. One of the best ways to help determine which type of system will work best in your home is to work with a trained expert.
The water heater specialists at Rentmeister Total Home Service can help you decide which type of water heaters will best fit your home. Call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.
Tankless Water Heaters
One of the most asked about items regarding tankless water heaters is how they work. It’s actually pretty simple: tankless water heaters use a heat exchanger to heat water very quickly when hot water is needed. This is why tankless water heaters are also called “on-demand.” Tankless water heaters offer a number of benefits to homeowners, including endless hot water, very good energy efficiency and a longer life span (about 20 years). Homeowners can use electricity or natural gas to power a tankless system. However, tankless water heaters have higher initial costs, and gas tankless systems have a complicated installation process.
Tank Water Heaters
Storage tank hot water heaters have been a staple in homes for years, and with new regulations coming this spring, they will be more energy efficient than ever before. Tank water heaters have lower initial costs and wide variety of sizes. As with any home appliance, there are some drawbacks to utilizing tank water heaters. Some of these include significant standby heat loss and a shorter lifespan that ranges from 8-12 years.
If you need to install a new water heater and are confused by the tank vs. tankless water heater debate, call the people who can help: Rentmeister Total Home Service.