Do you suspect that your water heater is about to fail? Begin your research so you can better prepare yourself when it’s time to call a plumber to do the work. What might seem like a big hassle can actually be a great opportunity to upgrade your hot water system to one more appropriate for your family, home, and hot water requirements. Here are a few things to know about water heater installation before you make the call.
When was the last time your system was updated?
Has your hot water system been updated recently, or has the water heater simply been replaced with another identical one every time a new one is needed? Traditional water heaters typically only last eight to ten years, but that doesn’t mean that any upgrades were done the last time yours was replaced. If it’s been a while since the system was upgraded, it may be time to make some changes. For instance, you might need to make changes to the plumbing or even where the water heater is installed if you want to be able to accommodate a larger tank.
Time to Reassess Your Needs
Did you buy your home with the current water heater installed? Did you miss having any say in the hot water system? If your answer is yes to these questions, think of needing a new one not as a hassle, but as an opportunity. This is your chance to reassess your family’s hot water needs and decide whether the current system is sufficient or if you need to upgrade. Have you been running out of hot water at inopportune times? Are you wanting something more eco-friendly or more economical?
Water Heaters Come in All Sizes
If you run out of hot water a little too often, you might want to consider upgrading the size of your water heater. Most modern homes are designed to accommodate a larger tank, making the new water heater installation quick and easy. Although a larger tank may cost a little more to buy and to run, it may be worth it to you and your family not to have to worry about the water turning cold during prime time at your house.
Modern Water Heaters Are Eco-Friendly
If it’s been a while since your water heater was last replaced, you may not realize how much has changed since then. Energy Star water heaters are designed to operate using less energy (and less money) than their competitors. When you shop for a water heater, be sure to look for the Energy Star tag, which will tell you approximately how much it’ll cost to operate. Whether you want to save money, help save the planet, or just get the best that the current market offers, you’ll find a variety of eco-friendly water heaters to choose from.
No better time to go tankless!
Have you thought about the conveniences of “on demand,” or tankless, hot water? On demand hot water uses a tankless water heater that heats the water as it flows through the pipes, providing an endless supply of hot water. If you have a big, busy household that is constantly running out of hot water, one or more tankless water heaters might be perfect for you. They also offer economical and environmental considerations, such as the energy and cost savings associated with only heating the hot water that you need, as well as lasting about three times longer than a traditional water heater. If you think tankless might be for you, there’s no better time than when you’ll be investing in a new water heater installation anyway.
Turn to the Experts in Water Heater Installation
You probably have a good idea of whether your current system has been meeting your needs, but you might not know what that means in terms of what you should buy. If it’s time for a new water heater, call your neighborhood plumber today. One of our Greenwell Plumbing techs will assess your current system and plumbing, discuss your options with you, and help you make a decision about what will best suit your family’s hot water needs.