The average storage-tank water heater lasts around 8 to 12 years. That means you’ll likely need to replace your water heater more than once if you live in one house for an extended period.
But there’s an inconvenient fact for homeowners: many people don’t consider replacing their water heaters until their current model fails. This is the worst circumstance to find a new appliance. While you and your contractor scramble to secure the equipment, you won’t be able to bathe, wash dishes or do laundry. That means the water heater replacement you end up with will be whichever model becomes available first.
That’s a lousy way to choose a new water heater. The average American household uses 20 percent of its energy on hot water generation. It’s a good idea to plan your water heater installation early so you can make a considered and informed decision.
Different Types of Water Heaters
You might be surprised to learn that you have many different hot water options. Whether your home uses heating oil or gas, there are good alternatives to enjoy plentiful hot water and energy savings.
1. Traditional storage tank water heater
This is the most common type of water heater. It holds a tank of between 30 and 80 gallons of water. Traditional tank water heaters are the most affordable option, with low installation costs and maintenance.
However, these models take up a fair amount of space in your home and aren’t very energy efficient. They will burn fuel to reheat water in your tank, even if you aren’t using it.
2. Indirect water heaters
These models have tanks like traditional water heaters. But they don’t heat water with a direct flame. Instead, they use a heat exchanger powered by your home’s furnace or boiler. When paired with a high-efficiency heating system, they result in incredibly low hot water costs.
3. Tankless water heaters
The most advanced and energy-efficient option for heating your water is a propane-fired tankless water heater. Tankless appliances take up very little space in your home and produce virtually unlimited hot water on demand.
Some homeowners are reticent to go tankless because the upfront costs are higher. But they save you significant money on energy costs and last longer than storage tank models. Plus, we can help you qualify for a manufacturer’s rebate on a top-of-the-line product from industry lead Rinnai.
Is it time to replace your water heater?
If your current water heater is over 10 years old, you should look out for these signs that it might break down:
Hot water not lasting as long
Unexplained increases in fuel usage
Strange noises coming from your water heater
Water near the base of your tank
Rusty water from the tap
Hard water stains on clothes and dishes
If you notice any of these warning signs, contact a service technician at Roach Energy. We’ve helped countless eastern Panhandle families replace older hot water systems. We’ll help you find the right model for your home and get it installed promptly. We even help with financing.
Reach out to our team today to explore your options for an upgraded water heater.