When should I replace my water heater?
Test the water Feel the water. If you turn on a hot water tap and the water is cold, it’s probably time to replace your hot water tank.
Check hot water duration See how long your supply of hot water lasts. If you used to take much longer showers before the hot water ran out, there is probably a problem with the tank. You may need a new one.
Look for puddles Check the floor around your hot water tank for standing water. If there are puddles or pools of water around the base of the tank or a stream of water running from the tank to a floor drain, there may be a major enough leak that you will need a replacement.
Check for smaller leaks Inspect the fittings and plumbing connections. If there is water, sludge, or corrosion, there is likely a leak, and it may be time to get a new tank. If your hot water tank is older and you don’t regularly drain and refill it, draining it may actually create an irreparable leak.
Listen to it Listen to your hot water heater. If it frequently makes clanging noises, or if you hear pops or other unusual sounds, there is probably a mechanical problem, you will need a replacement tank.
Check the tank’s age Check the age of your hot water tank. Most hot water tanks are warrantied for 5 to 10 years. While many last for years beyond the warranty’s expiration, if you notice inadequacies in your tank’s performance and the tank is beyond its warranty date, it’s probably time to get a new one.
Replace your Old Water Heater with a modern Energy Efficient Unit
New models are up to 20% more efficient and can save up to $700 in energy costs over the life of the unit.
Manufacturers now inject foam insulation between the tank and its outer shell, resulting in higher heat retention. New glass liners make tanks less prone to corrosion and leaks.
Install the right type and size of Water Heater and save on your Utility Bill !
ThermoCare licensed technician will recommend the right type of Water Heater for you based upon the following criteria:
- Number of household members.
- Number of bathrooms.
- Usage pattern.
- Fuel type, availability and cost.
Tankless water heaters provide an endless supply of hot water as needed by running through a heat exchange coil, eliminating the standby energy losses of a conventional tank, which uses fuel to maintain water temperature even when not needed. Switching to a Tankless Water Heater can pay off, as it is about 23% more efficient than a traditional storage version, according to the DOE. Tankless Water Heaters also save space with a compact design, last longer and are better for the environment because a rusty tank doesn’t end up in the landfill.
Five reasons to upgrade to a tankless water heater
- Energy Savings. When you have a traditional hot water heater, you are spending money to heat the water constantly, even when you’re not using it. With a Tankless Water Heater, the system only heats the water when you need it. This saves a great deal of money on electric or gas utility bills.
- Conserve Water. When you’re standing there waiting for the hot water to make its way from the tank to you, several gallons of water are being wasted.This can add up to thousands of gallons of wasted water. If you pay for water, that can add up. Tankless water heaters allow you to conserve water.
- Clean Water. Unfortunately, many older, traditional hot water tanks corrode and the water carried from the tank can have rust and residue mixed in it. With a Tankless Water Heater, you get the same clear, clean water as you do when you turn on the cold faucet.
- Lifespan. While a typical Tank Water heater is supposed to last 10 to 13 years, Tankless Water Heaters are estimated to last up to 20 years. If you’re planning to stay in your home for a while, that’s a hefty replacement fee you’re saving.
- Comfort. Continuous supply of hot water throughout your home. Tankless water heaters heat water on demand so you’re not limited by a fixed pre-heated supply as with a conventional tank. Provides 4 to 11 gallons per minute with no recovery time.