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Is Your Water Heater Doing Its Best?

You can upgrade to a top-notch tank or tankless propane water heater.

water heater Inwood, WV Like so many of the things we depend on every day, hot water is easy to take for granted. Indeed, many homeowners only think about their water heater when it fails, and they’re left without hot water. At Roach Energy, we talk to customers all the time about how to take care of their water heaters and when it might be time to update to something newer and more efficient.

Warning Signs Your Water Heater Is Struggling

The average lifespan of a traditional tank water heater is about 8 to 12 years. Tankless systems have longer lifespans. If your water heater is approaching 10 years of service, you should start thinking about a replacement.

The most common cause of a water heater failure is internal corrosion caused by long-term exposure to particles in water. A sacrificial anode rod in your tank will slow corrosion for a while, but eventually, the particles will eat away at your tank.

Here are some early warning signs your water heater may be struggling:

Get in touch with us right away if you notice these issues. We can get started securing a high-quality water heater replacement before your current unit fails, saving you a lot of headaches.

Taking Care of Your Water Heater

One of the best ways to keep your water heater working efficiently and for the longest lifespan possible is by flushing it of sediment every year. To do this, you would turn off the burner and close the cold water intake, then attach a hose to the drain valve. You can drain the water outside or into a floor drain, shower or utility sink. Then, you close the drain valve, refill the tank and turn the burner back on.

For specific instructions for your water heater, consult the owner’s manual. The Roach Energy team is also available to help.

Benefits of Upgrading to a More Efficient Water Heater

Did you know that almost 20% of the average U.S. home’s energy use is for heating water?

It’s a good idea to invest in the most efficient water heater to save you money and ensure superior hot water for your showers, faucets and appliances.

If you have an inefficient electric water heater right now, converting to a propane water heater can do wonders for your energy usage. Propane water heaters can heat water at roughly twice the speed of an electric unit.

A propane tankless water heater is even more efficient. These products generate nearly endless hot water whenever you need it. They don’t reheat unused water in a storage tank, which eliminates “standby losses” and significantly lowers how much energy you use. The Propane Education & Research Council crunched the numbers and found that a 2,400-square-foot home in the Midwest can save about $355 per year by converting from a traditional electric water heater to a tankless propane unit.

Roach Energy handles water heater installations and maintenance in Inwood and throughout the Eastern Panhandle region. Contact us to request service or an evaluation for your unit.