Hot water is something you use every day, but the appliance that makes it possible isn’t always fully appreciated until it stops working.
What can you do to make sure your home always has hot water?
Why Should You Replace Your Water Heater?
Unlike your furnace, boiler, or air conditioner, your water heater is less likely to provide you with warning signs to indicate that it’s about to break down permanently. This makes it that much more important to prioritize replacement early.
Traditional tank water heaters will last an average of eight to ten years. However, if they are properly maintained and appropriately sized for your home’s needs, they have the potential to last even longer. Unfortunately, knowing exactly when your water heater is going to give out isn’t a precise science. It always seems to happen right when it’s least convenient and can cause serious damage to your home.
That’s why if your water heater is having trouble providing your home with all the hot water it needs or if it’s fast approaching the 10-year mark and you know you haven’t done a great job of keeping it maintained, then it’s time to start looking for a replacement.
What Makes a Tankless Water Heater Different?
There are many options for a new water heater, however, the most popular types that many homeowners choose between is a traditional tank water heater and a tankless water heater.
The traditional tank water heater is likely exactly what you already have in your Delaware, Maryland, or Pennsylvania home, so replacing it would simply offer you greater peace of mind and maybe even boost efficiency slightly depending on the state of your current water heater.
A tankless water heater on the other hand, can provide your home with some additional benefits, including:
Reduced Water Heating Bills
Since tankless water heaters aren’t responsible for keeping an entire tank of water hot at all times and are only required to heat water as it’s needed, they are much more energy efficient. This results in lowered water heating bills — by as much as 40%!
Never Running Out of Hot Water
Traditional water heaters store hot water in their tank and when it runs out, the tank has to refill and reheat, which means that there are times you’ll definitely have to make do without any hot water. A tankless water heater heats water on demand when you turn on the hot water tap, continuously heating water when you need it, which means you’ll never run out.
Enjoying Longevity & Having Peace of Mind
Tankless water heaters are more compact and even easier to maintain than traditional water heaters. They also have a longer lifespan of about 20 years. Installing a tankless water heater now will ensure you’re not worrying about replacement too soon.
Count on Sobieski for Your Home’s Water Heating Needs
The plumbing specialists at Sobieski can help you determine exactly which type of water heater is right for your home, your needs, and your budget. In fact, we’ve created a special Water Heaters 101 Guide for Homeowners to help you learn more, or you can simply reach out to our team and we’ll be happy to discuss your options and work with you to find the right solution.