If your water heater is more than 10 years old, you might want to consider purchasing a new and updated model to replace it. Even if it works well and seems like there aren’t any issues, you would be surprised at the difference in efficiency. We reached out to John Wilson, with Michigan Plumbing Solutions for some good tips.
Lime and sediment deposits can gather over time, and they will continue to accumulate in an old water heater until the performance of your current water heater is shot. Also, it affects the efficiency and increases your energy bills. Here are some great reasons as to why you should replace your old water heater with a new and improved model:
Firstly, the water in your tank is going to be kept at the same temperature for a longer amount of time. The older models use outdated materials to keep the water in the tank warm, but they don’t insulate the tank nearly as well. This causes the water heater to kick on more often to achieve the desired temperature, therefore increasing the bill.
Another great reason to ditch the old water heater is that you won’t be making any emergency calls – at least not for a good while. If you have a newer model installed, it greatly decreases your chances of having to deal with a costly breakdown. Older units can have many issues pertaining to the electrical connections as well as gas leaks. The connections will start to go bad after time or all at once. After the tank ruptures, the water all over the floor can create a disastrous scene. That is why it is in your best interest to replace your water heater before an emergency situation pops up.
When purchasing a new water heater, you will have to choose between a tankless water heater and one that has a tank. There are many reasons that could support a tankless water heater, as they are much less expensive because they heat the water on an “as needed” basis. Also, they take up a lot less room and are available in different sizes and types.
Essentially, the money that you will spend purchasing a new water heater will be given back to you over time – the money that you save by having a newer model will definitely speak for itself. Energy costs are continuing to rise, and having an efficient water heater model can help you save some money in the long run.
The new minimum efficiency federal mandate will bring many problems that won’t save you the amount they will cost you. Being aware will give you an upper hand, and will let you purchase a new water heater. The change went into effect on April 16th. Unfortunately, there will be some negative effects from this mandate, including: More space required for a tank, home remodeling costs, higher water heater prices, and even increased installation material and labor costs.
If you are contemplating purchasing a new water heater, the time is NOW!