Conventional, storage-tank water heaters are built to last no more than 10-13 years. After that point, a conventional water heater will start to leak or simply cease to work. If you need to replace your water heater now or in the near future, read this blog entry for important tips that will help you choose the right replacement water heater for your needs.
If you want top-notch energy efficiency, buy an Energy-Star Certified model. An Energy-Star Certified water heater could save you up to $700 on your energy bills over the product’s lifetime. If you purchase a storage-tank water heater, make sure that you equip it with an insulator. These are relatively inexpensive devices that will cut back on standby heat loss and reduce your energy bills by up to 10-20 percent.
Generally, the more efficient the water heater is, the more you will pay for it. Some highly efficient water heaters, namely tankless models, are liable for tax benefits, so be sure to check with your local plumbing company to see if your model qualifies. Tankless water heaters, though they are more expensive initially, will save you a substantial amount of money on both energy and maintenance costs over the lifetime of the unit.
Access to Hot Water
If you have a large family or if you want to maximize your access to hot water, buy a large storage-tank water heater. You can visit EPA.gov for exact sizing recommendations based on the size of your family and the amount of water your home usually uses. Another advantage of buying a tankless water heater is that you will have virtually unlimited access to hot water, as the unit heats water on an as-needed basis.
For answers to other common questions about water heater replacement , including what fuel type to use, contact All Plumbing, Inc. at (703) 525-7973. We have more than 30 years of experience serving the Arlington area. Visit our website to learn more about our plumbing services.