Water heaters are beneficial to you as a homeowner because they can improve the efficiency and energy output of your water heater. However, No matter which season, water utility bills are expensive, and there’s only so much you can do to cut costs. Water appliances, such as your water heater, are built to last generally for 8-12 years and wear down drastically over time. If it’s time to replace or upgrade your water heater, considering an energy efficient alternative can prove to be a major money saver.
When it’s Time to Replace Water Heaters
An old and faulty water heater can cause you more grief than disgusting sediment water; a damaged water heater can be dangerous. If damaged, a water heater can become a literal ticking bomb, capable of exploding if enough pressure builds up inside, and explosions aren’t the only problem. Old water heaters can leak and flood your basement, resulting in mold and costly repairs. Luckily water heater disasters can be prevented if the problem is caught ahead of time. If you suspect your water heater needs to be replaced, here are a few warning signs.
- Rusty water. If you notice the hot water coming out of your faucet has a rusty tint to it, it could very well mean that the inside of your water heater is rusting. If you notice however that both cold and hot water coming out of your faucets is rusty, then there could be an issue with your plumbing. Despite the culprit, you don’t want rusty water in your house. If you notice something is off with the quality of your tap water, contact a plumber immediately.
- Odd noises. Overtime as your water heater ages, sediment builds up inside and settles at the bottom of the tank. When the sediment is constantly heated and reheated, it eventually hardens. If your water heater is full of sediment, then it’s prone to make a lot of rattling and clanging noises every time it heats up. If your water heater is constantly making noises, it’s a sign that it’s time to replace it.
- Water leaks around the water heater. Heat causes the metal in your water heater to expand and fracture. If you notice any water pooling around your water heater, there could be a leak. Check all fittings and connections to the water tank, as those can be the culprit for the leak.
What to Consider for the Next Water Heater
Old water heaters are problematic and can add up in utility bills, luckily when it comes to a water heater replacement there are plenty of energy efficient alternatives. The trick is finding a water heater that will best fit your needs. If it’s time for a replacement, here are five different water heater options to consider.
- Tankless water heater. One of the first options to consider is by ditching the traditional tank storage water heater for something tankless. A tankless water heater works by heating your water directly without the use of a storage tank. The result is an endless supply of hot water and no standby energy losses. You can save money by not having to waste unused hot water that would otherwise sit in a storage tank.
- Heat pump water heater. Instead of using gas or propane, a heat pump water heater uses electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of producing heat. Using the outside air surrounding the unit as a heat source, these water heaters work best in a warmer climate. A heat pump water heater is much more energy efficient than a conventional electric resistance water heater, but they are expensive to install and maintain.
- Indirect water heater. By using the heat generated from your home’s boiler as a heat source, an indirect water heater works efficiently by circulating heated water into an insulated water tank. It improves the fuel economy because the boiler doesn’t have to turn on and off as frequently. When used with an energy efficient boiler, an indirect water heater is one of the cheapest ways to provide hot water.
- Integrated combination water heater. Ideal for major home renovations, an integrated combination water heater combines your furnace and water heater into one appliance. Instead of combusting gas, an integrated combination water heater uses the hot water as a heat source to circulate heat throughout your home. Since this type of water heater combines two different appliances, it’s important to get the right size.
- Solar water heater. Utilizing the sun as a heat source, solar water heaters provide a cost-free and renewable energy source for your home. How much a solar water heater can help will depend on where you live, your roof, and your hot water usage.
Nobody Wants a Busted Tank
All water heaters break down over time, but the water damage and costs to maintain them aren’t worth the trouble. Water heaters are built to last 8-12 years, and an energy efficient water heater can help cut down costs and avoid major water catastrophes. If you want to improve your home’s water heater, consulting with a plumber can help you make the best choice. Don’t hesitate to call today.
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