Don’t ignore your water heater. It may be easy to forget about your water heater until the water runs cold, however, water heaters need maintenance and replacement after so many years of use.
If your unit is more than 10 years old, and it’s showing its age – leaking, producing rusty water, or not heating water at all, then it may be a good idea to replace it.
If you neglect to repair or replace your water heater, your home is at risk for costly damages. In other instances, water heater repair may be just what you need.
Always make sure you use a plumber that is licensed and knowledgeable about your City’s Codes and Requirements before installing or repairing your home’s water heater.
Water Heater Repair
If your water heater is less than 10 years old but something seems out of the ordinary, water heater repair might be a good choice. Repair can also be in order to correct a poor installation job from another plumbing or water heater company.
It is important that your unit is connected correctly to your home’s system and in compliance with your City’s Code or Requirements. Don’t settle for an unsatisfactory installation; it can be a costly mistake.
Water Heater Replacement
A properly functioning water heater is an important part of your home. They supply your family with the hot water they need for day-to-day use. When it’s time to replace it, choosing a water heater can be a daunting task.
Here are some tips to consider when purchasing your new water heater:
Tank or Tankless Water Heater?
There are two basic types of water heaters: storage tank units and tankless or on-demand units. Storage tank water heaters are one of the most commonly used types. Tank units heat and store the hot water for your use.
If you’re replacing your old tank water heater, consider upgrading to a tankless unit. Tankless water heaters use up to 20% less energy and can increase your home’s value.
Another benefit of the tankless system is instant hot water. You no longer have to wait for hot water, saving your family money on not only energy usage but also water consumption as well.
Keep it Family Friendly
The size of your family is an important factor when purchasing or upgrading your homes’ water heater. A large family consumes a lot more hot water than a single person or couple does.
A family will need a water heater unit with a larger tank size and higher recovery rate. The recovery rate is how many gallons of water can be warmed in an hour.
It is important to consider how much water your household will be using when buying a water heater.
Tankless or on-demand water heater systems could also be an alternative for larger families.
Make Room For The Right Size
Consider the storage space or area that will contain your unit when buying a water heater.
You want to ensure that you are able to fit the size of unit that you need into the space that you have.
Water heaters come in a variety of sizes and storage capacities so be sure you or your professional installer measure the dimensions of your storage area so you know what you are working with.
Count the Cost
Water efficient heating units can equal big savings. When you are buying a water heater it is a good idea to consider all the costs that will be included, not just installation costs alone.
Buying a high-quality energy efficient unit now, allows you to save each month on your utility costs and is also environmentally friendly.
It is essential that you choose the right water heater for your home and the size of your family. If you require assistance in deciding which type of water heater unit is best for you and your family, contact Legacy Plumbing.
We are professional licensed plumbers that can assess your water heater requirements and complete the installation.
Water Heater Accessories
Adding water heater accessories is a great way to prevent flooding and damage to your home. Take a look at your home’s unit to ensure that you have some of the basic accessories. You want to make sure at the very least that you have a drip pan to hold any water in case of a small leak.
A FloodStop is another beneficial accessory. Installing a FloodStop on your water supply can help protect your home from flooding. When a leak is detected, the FloodStop will sound an alarm and automatically stop the water supply to your water heater, preventing costly damage to your home.
With over 20 years of experience, Legacy Plumbing is ready to meet all of your residential and light commercial plumbing needs. Legacy Plumbing provides a variety of repair and installation services to homes in the North Dallas area including Frisco, Plano, Carrollton, Lewisville and beyond.