A water heater is a home appliance that uses an energy source to heat water above its regular temperature. Hot water is important for cooking, bathing, and cleaning, and homeowners need a reliable unit to provide hot water on demand. If you're in the market for a new water heater, here are 3 things you should know:
1. A traditional water heater should last between 10 - 15 years. If regular maintenance is performed on the appliance, its lifespan can be even longer. If you are wondering if your water heater needs to be replaced, there are a few ways to tell. If it's more than 10 years old, has begun leaking, or you notice it's not producing hot water regularly, the unit may be failing. If it runs loudly or shows a buildup of calcium, you should consider replacing it.
2. There are several types of water heaters available. The most popular, a conventional water heater, comes with a huge tank that holds up to 80 gallons of water. The heat source will typically be an electric heater, an oil-burning furnace, or natural gas. Natural gas is inexpensive and readily available in most areas, making it the most popular energy source for this type of water heater. An instant or tankless water heater does not have a storage tank; the heating system is activated on demand, and can cut heating bills by 20%. A heat pump water heater offers newer technology, and can also offer energy savings.
3. Since heating the water for home use accounts for about 15% of your energy bill, it's important to have a high-efficiency water heater. The average family uses about 65 gallons of water each day. A high-efficiency water heater will cut the amount of energy used and reduce your overall energy bill.
For more information about water heaters, or to schedule a free estimate for replacing your current water heater, please contact:
Golden Seal Service Experts
1730 Wallace Avenue, Unit B
St. Charles, IL 60174