Increase Efficiency With a New Water Heater
Your hot water heater is one of your home’s most essential appliances. (Just imagine what it must have been like back in the days when people had to heat water on the stove to bathe in!) If you’re like most of us, though, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about what it takes to get hot water flowing from your tap.
During their lifetimes, most homeowners will need to replace their hot water heater two to three times. You should know, too, that, on average, a hot water heater lasts eight to 12 years.
What Can Cause Your Hot Water Heater to Break Down?
There are three primary reasons a hot water heater can fail to work correctly:
- Faulty thermostat
- Water supply blockage
- Storage tank issues
You might be thinking, "How will I know if my hot water heater has one of these problems? What if I suspect there’s something wrong with my hot water heater, but am not sure?"
If your water heater is more than 8 years old, or if you suspect it might have one of these issues, it’s very important to have it looked at by a professional as soon as possible. The experts at Feehan Plumbing & Heating specialize in hot water heater installation.
Hot Water Heater Installation
If you’ve never had your hot water heater replaced, you’re probably wondering what’s involved in the process. Here’s what you can expect:
- Hot Water Heater Size: A family’s water usage can change over time, so the first thing Feehan’s experts will do is determine what size hot water heater will best suit your everyday needs. Water heaters are available in sizes ranging from 40 to 120 gallons.
- Type of Hot Water Heater: Hot water heaters come in several types. Some are powered by electricity, others by natural gas. Tankless styles that heat water “on demand” are also available. Energy efficiency ratings vary as well. Your Feehan professional will help you determine what type of hot water heater is right for your home.
- Budget: The cost of a new hot water heater can vary depending on its energy efficiency rating and warranty length. They range in price from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
- Installation: It typically takes anywhere from two to six hours for a licensed plumber to install a new hot water heater according to local plumbing codes and standards. During this time the water in your home will need to be turned off.
Ready to replace your old hot water heater with an updated, more energy-efficient model? Call Feehan Plumbing & Heating today!