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Water Heater Replacement Tips

Regardless of the type of water heater you have installed in your home, you will eventually need to replace it. The average water heater can be expected to last between 10-20 years before it may begin to suffer in efficiency or function in a way that requires replacement. When it’s time to replace your water heater in Longview, the right knowledge and resources can go a long way toward making this a smooth and simple process. It is the ideal time to evaluate your home’s hot water needs and to determine if your current water heating system was sufficient, or whether you could benefit from making a change.

Evaluate Fuel Costs

The most common energy sources for water heaters are electricity and natural gas. Water heaters may also draw heat from solar panels or a heat pump to create hot water for your home. In many cases, it is most convenient to replace an old water heater with an appliance that uses the same fuel source. However, it’s important to determine whether this is an energy-efficient decision based on your hot water needs and your monthly budget. Additionally, while options such as solar and heat pump water heaters may be more efficient under optimal conditions, they may suffer in efficiency or require secondary water heating systems to keep up with demand. Talking to your Longview plumber is the best way to determine the type of fuel source and water heating system that is best for your family.

Consider Your Hot Water Needs

Your family’s hot water needs are important when choosing a water heating system for your home. A high-capacity storage or tankless water heater may be best for large families, but won’t offer the same energy efficiency for smaller households. Matching the size and output of your water heater to your expected daily use will allow you to attain the highest efficiency and lowest monthly utility bills possible. It’s important to consider how much hot water your family requires at one time—storage water heaters have a limited capacity, and may not be practical you need a large amount of hot water during a short period of time. A tankless model may meet your needs provided the system is sized properly for your home. Alternatively, several small point-of-use tankless water heaters, such as under the kitchen sink, could also be a solution if hot water is needed in several locations at once.

Plan to Maintain Your Appliance

Regular maintenance is the key to extending the lifetime of your new water heater and reducing the risk of problems that require professional plumbing repair. After installation, talk to your plumber about the best maintenance and care schedule for the water heater. Annual plumbing inspection or learning how to flush your water heater can have a significant impact on its efficiency and performance. Maintaining your water heater will definitely provide the greatest return on your investment.

Selecting a high-quality water heater that is capable of serving your hot water needs is a smart plumbing decision that will improve the value and comfort of your home. You can get more helpful plumbing tips and information when you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.

Have you ever replaced a water heater?

  • I haven’t ever thought about our water heater, I don’t even know how long we’ve had it installed.
  • Our water heater is more than ten years old, it may be time to consider replacement.

We’ve replaced our water heater at least once, so these tips will be handy the next time we need to find a new appliance.