Benefits of Updating Water Heaters
Technology is improving all the time and so should we. It doesn’t make sense to stick with antiquated appliances and devices when we have newer and more effective options at our disposal.
Updating your water heater, for example, can help you save on electricity costs and improve your home’s energy efficiency and life span. Keep reading to find out more about why you should update the water heaters in your home regularly.
What are the Benefits of Updating the Water Heater?
When you buy anything, including all gadgets and home equipment, you expect it to function better than the previous version of the product. Generally, newer models function better and need less energy to work overtime. This goes for your water heater as well. From large tanks to tankless units, both have improved significantly over the years.
They use less power
The latest water heaters hardly use much energy, so they’ll reduce your electricity bill and that alone makes the installation costs worth it. Once it’s up and running, you’ll soon notice smaller energy bills every month.
The great thing about quality water heater units is that they are built to last for 10 years or more. So, once you upgrade your system, you can expect to use it for quite a while. Tankless systems are even more robust with an expected life span of up to 20 years.
Water Heater Replacement
If you’re in the market for a new and improved water heater we recommend that you first consider the capacity. Tank water heaters can handle up to 40, 50, or 55 gallons. The size you purchase is typically determined by the number of people that live in your home and your peak water consumption.
Because tankless water heaters don’t keep much water, the gallons-per-minute rating is the one you look for (GPM).
This is the figure that indicates how much hot water the heater can produce in a certain amount of time.
If you run into any issues, you are always welcome to call the plumbing pros at Craig’s Services.
How to Maintain your Water Heater
Here are some tips on how to keep your water heater ticking over efficiently through proper maintenance:
- Learn how your water heater functions. It might look too complicated at the start, but once you read the guidelines, you’ll learn how to operate it better and keep it running for longer.
- Get to know all the parts in your water heater, including the water shutoff valve which is where you shut off the flow of water into your hot heater when there’s an emergency. There’s also the gas shutoff valve, which also comes in handy during emergencies.
- Find out where the drain valve is because it works just like the drain at the bottom of an ice cooler, and it’s located near the bottom of your tank.
- Other important parts of the water heater include the pressure relief valve, the thermostat, heating element, and Anode rod. You’ll thank yourself for learning how your water heater works in an emergency.
- Your water heater must be inspected as well. Make it a habit to check the pipes and valves frequently to avoid rusting. Doing this frequently can help you avoid problems down the road.
For best results, get a team of professionals to come in and check your water heater regularly and make sure that it’s working properly and efficiently.