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What To Know About Replacing Your Water Heater

by April Rivera

Coming to the conclusion that it is time to replace the water heater is a major realization. Considering that a water heater is designed to last for many years, you may lack the type of knowledge needed to successfully choose a new unit for the house.

Appreciate The Benefits Of Electric Water Heaters

Water heaters are often powered by natural gas, but this may not be the most effective option. Electric can be far more efficient than gas, and this type of water heater will generally require less maintenance. This is due to the need to regularly clean the residue that may be left behind on a gas burning water heater. Another benefit of using an electric water heater can be more stable energy costs as the price of natural gas can fluctuate fairly dramatically from one month to the next.

Consider Future Needs When Choosing A Water Heater

It may be tempting to only focus on the current hot water needs of your home. Yet, there may be instances where your family will grow. Whether this is due to getting married or having another child, it is important to account for this potential when investing in a water heater. By choosing a unit that has a higher capacity than you anticipate needing, your home will continue to have enough hot water despite your family growing.

Understand The Challenges Of Installing A Water Heater Yourself

The installation of a water heater is a project that is more complicated than homeowners often expect. This can make this task very frustrating and labor-intensive for a homeowner to attempt without hiring professionals. Furthermore, ti can be possible to cause extensive damage by incorrectly installing it. In addition to the risk of damaging the water heater, an incorrect installation could also lead to damage to the home as it could cause water damage from leaks.

Avoid Letting Hard Water Damage Your Water Heater

Soft water is usually best for plumbing appliances as it will be fairly free of excess minerals and sediments. When a water heater is supplied with hard water, there are several ways that it could suffer damage. The most common will be patches of mineral accumulations forming. These can form on the heating elements and filtration systems. Additionally, the intake and outflow can also become clogged by these minerals. A standard water softener should be sufficient for removing enough of these minerals to keep your water heater safe.

Talk to a residential water heater installation service for more help.