Are you considering buying a new water heater? We have some tips for you to consider.
Water heaters tend to fail at the worst time like just after you’ve lathered up your hair or when you’re expecting a house full of company. So it’s best to replace yours before you find yourself left without hot water. For example, if your water heater has a 12-year warranty and it’s been in service for 15 years it might be time to consider a new one. In Las Vegas homes with extremely hard water, which can be tougher on water heaters, a heater may fail within the warranty period.
If you haven’t replaced your water heater in a few years, you’ll find more choices—and more energy-efficient regulations—so do your homework. You may have to spend more up front for a model that will save you money over time.
Water heating amounts to nearly 20 percent of a home’s energy costs. As the result of new efficiency standards from the Department of Energy, smaller water heaters (under 55 gallons) will see a modest boost in efficiency of about 4 percent, while larger water heaters (55 gallons or more) may cut your utility bills by 25 to 50 percent depending on the technology used.
While almost half of homeowners replace their electric water heaters themselves, at Superior Plumbing & Drain we are happy to provide a no-cost assessment and recommendation. Most consumers are not aware of the variety of options available that can be curtailed to their specific home-usage.
When buying a new water heater and determining the best type and model of water heater for your home, consider the following:
Also be sure to do what you can to reduce your hot water use. You may also want to explore other strategies such as drain-water heat recovery to save money on your water heating bill.
When buying a new water heater, it’s important to consider what fuel type or energy source you will use, including its availability and cost. The fuel used by a water heating system will not only affect annual operation costs but also the water heater’s size and energy efficiency.
Solar, gas and electric are the typical fuel types here in Las Vegas and Henderson area, so we at Superior Plumbing & Drain believe it’s a good idea to compare fuel costs, especially if you’re building a new home. Even if you’re replacing a water heater, you may find that you’ll save more money in the long run if you use a different fuel or energy source. Contact us at (702) 478-9643.