Water heaters last an average of eight to 12 years. However, letting one work until it dies can cause a lot of issues. Therefore, most experts agree that any water heater that begins acting up past the age of 10 should almost always be replaced instead of repaired. Keeping your hot water up and running may not seem like as much of a priority during the middle of July, especially when Knoxville, TN is muggy and hovering around 88 degrees. However, taking a couple of cold showers will almost certainly change your mind.
How Do I Know When it’s Time for a Replacement?
Aside from age, there are a few other factors that can help you determine when it’s time to contact a professional installation company. For example, a tank that has developed corrosion and rust is on its last legs. Other potential issues can include heavy sediment build-up, a clogged drain valve, water that no longer gets hot, and a tank that starts leaking.
When it’s time to replace this critical appliance, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between two distinctly different styles. Regardless of which option you select, there will be numerous pros and cons to consider.
Tankless vs. the Traditional Water Heater Tank
Tankless heaters are compact, energy-efficient, and only heat water as needed. As long as you get the correct size, a tankless heater will always provide a nice, hot shower. On the downside, any miscalculations in size could leave you with an inferior flow rate and not nearly enough hot water.
A traditional unit is a budget-friendly option that’s typically less expensive to purchase and install than a tankless alternative. However, it will often have a shorter lifespan and is limited by its water storage capacity.
When it’s time to install a new hot water heater in your home, be sure to turn to the professional team at Chaffee Air. Call today to schedule your appointment.