Water heaters are an essential part of any home, providing hot water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning. However, like any appliance, water heaters have a lifespan, and eventually, they will need to be replaced. Here are some signs that it may be time to replace your water heater.
Age: Most water heaters have a lifespan of 10-15 years, depending on the type and maintenance. If your water heater is approaching or exceeding this age range, it’s likely time to consider a replacement.
Leaks: If you notice water pooling around the base of your water heater or leaking from the tank, it’s a sign that the tank has developed a leak. In most cases, a leaking tank cannot be repaired and will need to be replaced.
Rust and Corrosion: Over time, the inside of the tank can rust and corrode, which can lead to leaks and other problems. If you notice rust-coloured water or visible rust and corrosion on the tank, it may be time to replace your water heater.
Inefficiency: If your water heater is no longer providing enough hot water or is taking longer to heat up, it may be a sign that the unit is no longer functioning efficiently. Inefficient water heaters can lead to higher energy bills and other problems, so it’s important to replace them sooner rather than later.
Choosing a replacement water heater requires careful consideration of the type, size, and energy efficiency of the unit. Tank water heaters are less expensive to install but use energy to maintain the temperature of the water in the tank. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, heat water on demand and do not store any hot water. They are more expensive to install but are more energy-efficient, as they only heat water when it’s needed.
The size of the replacement unit will depend on the number of people in your household and your hot water usage. A general rule of thumb is to choose a water heater with a capacity of 10-15 gallons per person in the household. For example, a family of four would need a water heater with a capacity of at least 40-60 gallons.
It’s also important to consider the energy efficiency of the replacement unit. Look for models with a high Energy Factor (EF) rating, which indicates how efficient the water heater is at converting energy into hot water. Energy-efficient models may cost more upfront, but they can save you money in the long run on your utility bills.
When it comes to water heater replacement, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. A Plus Water Heaters can help you choose the right replacement unit for your needs, as well as provide installation and ongoing maintenance to ensure your water heater is functioning properly.
In conclusion, water heater replacement is necessary when your unit is no longer functioning properly or has reached the end of its lifespan. By choosing a replacement unit that is the right type, size, and energy-efficient, you can ensure that you have a reliable source of hot water for your home. A Plus Water Heaters can help you with all of your water heater replacement needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services.