Hot Water Heater Replacement Basics

Hot Water Heater Replacement Basics

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If you continually are running out of hot water, it may be time to consider a tankless hot water heater or larger version of your tank water heater. You depend on your hot water heater to provide you with water for bathing, showering and washing dishes. When your water heater isn’t providing you with the heat you need, it’s time to think about investing in a new hot water heater.

Choosing the right water heater for your home depends on your needs and demands. Let’s review indicators your hot water heater needs to be replaced and which is right for you.

Signs You Need a New Hot Water Heater

If your water heater needs to be replaced, it will tell you with the following:

  • Old Age: A tank hot water heater ought to be replaced if it’s 10 years old or more. If your current water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan, it will struggle to provide you with water hot enough to keep you satisfied.
  • Rusty Water: When hot water is rusty, it indicates the water heater is rusting on the inside. Rust in your hot water heater will eventually lead to a water leak if it’s neglected.
  • Not Enough Hot Water: This is the most common sign a new water heater is needed for a home. Sediment builds up over time in water heaters, which prevents water from heating.
  • Strange Rumbling Noises: When sediment builds up on the bottom of your water heater, it is continuously heated and reheated. The sediment hardens and your heater makes a rumbling noise when it operates.
  • Water Leaks: Over time, your tank experiences slight fractures, which causes water to leak. The leak will stop when the water cools down inside the tank. The leak might also be from the fittings or connections to the tank.

Why Choose a Tankless Hot Water Heater?

A tankless hot water heater is an excellent option. Also known as an “on-demand” hot water heater, a tankless option heats water when you need it. It is more efficient because it does not constantly heat a large storage tank of water whether you need it or not.

Many are ENERGY STAR rated and can save the average family money on utility costs. The initial installation cost is higher than a traditional storage tank hot water heater. The greater efficiency and 20+ year lifespan, however, negate the initial costs for most homeowners.

Why Choose a Larger Tank Hot Water Heater?

If your current water heater needs to be replaced and you want consistent hot water throughout your entire home, an upgrade to a larger tank hot water heater is a great choice. Tank hot water heaters are less expensive compared to tankless units, but they do require more space.

Consult our plumbers at Estes Services to determine if your current space will hold a larger tank. We will provide you with all of your options, including different water heaters to fit your budget. Need financing? We have options to help you replace your water heating system sooner than later.  

Estes Services – Prepared for All Your Plumbing Needs

Take control of your hot water and upgrade to a tankless hot water heater or replace your old unit with a larger tank. You deserve hot water when you need it and our plumbers know precisely how to help you with your water heating problems. Contact Estes Services today!