In a perfect world, your appliances would last forever, but we don’t live in an ideal world., and every appliance in your house must be replaced eventually. The average lifespan of a water heater is ten years. When the unit nears the end of its lifespan, it won’t function efficiently, and frequent problems are common.
When your water heater reaches ten years old, it’s best to hire a plumber specializing in water heater replacement in Deerfield Beach, FL. There are a few things to consider before replacing the unit, and a professional can help.
Choosing The Right Kind Of Water Heater
There are two types of water heaters to choose from, and you’ll need to decide which is best before scheduling an appointment for a water heater replacement in Deerfield Beach, FL.
The first option is a tank water heater, which you likely already have and plan to replace. Tank water heaters heat and store the water, so you always have hot water when necessary. Tank water heaters are the cheaper option and cost less to install. There are also downsides to tank water heaters; if you deplete the water supply, you’ll have to wait an hour or more for the tank to refill and heat up. Also, tank models take up a lot of space and must kick on multiple times a day to ensure the water stays hot, which will cause higher energy bills.
If you aren’t sure if a tank water heater is best, a professional plumber can discuss the pros and cons.
The second option is a tankless model. Tankless water heaters don’t store water and only kick on when you run the hot water; therefore, you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water, and your energy bills will decrease. There are several other benefits, including:
- Tankless models are about the size of a suitcase and can be hung on the wall, and won’t take up as much space as a tank unit. This can be very beneficial if you live in a small house.
- The average lifespan of a tankless model is 20 years; therefore, you’ll need to replace the unit once in 20 years, and a tank model must be replaced twice over two decades, saving you time and money.
- Tankless models don’t store water, so you won’t have to worry about a leak or flood that will cause water damage and mold growth. The unit can leak, but just a few drips can be wiped up with a towel.
While there are benefits of tankless models, there’s also a downside. Tankless models are more expensive than tank models and are more costly to install. You can recoup some of the cost in the money you’ll save on your energy bills only if you can afford the initial cost.
It can be challenging to decide which type of unit is best for your home and family, and a water heater replacement professional in Deerfield Beach, FL can help.
Choosing the Right Size
If you decide to install a tank water heater, you’ll need to choose the right size. This can be challenging because if you select a unit that’s too small for your family’s hot water demand, you’ll often run out of hot water. If you choose a unit that’s too large, you won’t use much of the water in the tank, resulting in bacteria growth and sediment buildup in the tank. Fortunately, a professional plumber can help.
The tank size depends on your family size. If one or two people live in your house, a 50 to 60-gallon tank will work, and if three or four people live in your home, an 80-gallon tank will do. Finally, if five or six people live in your house, you’ll need a large unit that stores over 80 gallons of water. The best way to ensure you select the right size for your family’s hot water demand is to hire a plumber specializing in water heater replacement.
What to Do with the Existing Unit
It’s best to find out what will happen to your old water heater before a water heater replacement. Some plumbers will dispose of the old unit for free, and some don’t dispose of the unit, and it will be your responsibility. It’s best to ask the plumbers you’re considering to handle the water heater replacement what their policies are so you can choose the plumber with the most convenient disposal policy.
Call MainLine Plumbing Today
If it’s time for a water heater replacement, MainLine Plumbing can help. We’re a full-service plumbing company providing the services our customers need, including;
- Plumbing repair
- Sewer drain cleaning
- Sewer camera inspection
- Leak detection
- Water heater replacement
- Water heater repair
- Cast iron pipe replacement
- Plumbing installation
- Drain cleaning
- Emergency service
- Gas piping services
- Grease trap cleaning
Our plumbers have gone through years of professional training and apprenticeship and have the knowledge and skill to tackle the most complicated jobs in the plumbing industry. We require our plumbers to pass a background check and drug test to ensure our customers feel comfortable and safe when they allow our techs into their homes.
If you have a plumbing issue that can’t wait and we aren’t in the office, don’t panic. We have plumbers on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and we’ll get a plumber to your house as quickly as possible to resolve the problem.
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To schedule an appointment for a water heater replacement or any other plumbing service, give us a call at MainLine Plumbing or book online.