Posted on: 7 April 2016Share
A home's water heater is something that can often be taken for granted until it's not working properly. If your water heater is not working properly, you obviously need to have a professional contractor come out and look at it. But if it's determined that you're better off just getting a water heater replacement, then you will have some decisions to make. A water heater purchase could last you a decade or more, so it's important to make sure you get the details right. Here are 3 features to think about when it's time for a water heater replacement.
Has Your Family Grown? Then So Should Your Water Heater
Water heaters come in various capacities, measured in gallons. Take stock of how many gallons your current heater is and then take a step back. Do you have more people in the house today than you did when you moved in? Or are you and your spouse planning to start a family over the next decade? It might be worth it to go with a bigger water heater. Even if you don't notice it right now, it can be quite frustrating when your shower starts spraying you with lukewarm water because the 4th person of the day is taking a shower. A larger tank allows your water heater to keep up with your larger family.
Water heater companies have come a long way in working towards greater energy efficiency in recent years. If your tank is quite old, you may not even realize what you've been missing. Look for a tank with the Energy Star designation. Energy Star is a government run program that helps identify appliances that are more energy-efficient. Even if the energy efficient heater costs a bit more money now, it will likely save you multiple times that amount on your water and heating or electric bills in the months to come.
Today, water tanks are sometimes lined with a heavy-duty porcelain glass layer. Your water heater will build up sediment inside the tank over time and the corrosion can cause damage. A water heater that is glass-lined can combat these effects, lengthening its life.
If it's time for a new water heater, take a step back and look at the big picture. Make sure you get a heater that is large enough for your growing family but energy efficient enough that your utilities won't go through the roof. Finally, ensure that the inside of the tank is glass-lined to help fight the effects of corrosion. For more tips on picking out a new tank, contact a local HVAC specialist, like Marv's Plumbing.