Most water heaters have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years. Once it becomes apparent that yours has reached the end of its life, replacing it with a new one will require some thought. Below are some things to consider when water heater replacement becomes a need in your home.
- Type– There are so many options available these days. You can choose a traditional storage tank water heater or opt for a tankless option. Heat pump water heaters move heat from one place to another to warm the water, while solar water heaters rely on energy from the sun. Choosing the right option for you may require a little research and some professional guidance.
- Capacity– This can be a great time to look into upgrading the size of the water heater in your home. Odds are the number of people coming and going from your home have increased over the years, and it can be in your best interest to have a professional see if a larger-capacity unit will work in your space. If you go with a tankless option, be sure to look at the gallons per minute (GPM) for the unit, so you can have an idea of how much water you can receive in a given amount of time.
- Energy Efficiency and Cost– Water heater replacement provides an opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of your home. The different options all come with their own pros and cons. A more energy-efficient option may cost more upfront, but the savings over time could be significant. A professional will be able to help you look into those costs and benefits in greater depth.
As you can see, water heater replacement can seem like a lot to take in. Fortunately for you, we at Wake Forest Plumbing Company are equipped to help answer any questions you may have and provide estimates for the different options. We want you to be satisfied with your choice of replacement, so we are here to help!