The decision about whether to replace or repair your water heater should be determined by various factors, including your water usage and availability of energy efficient water heating systems. Ellens & Sons Plumbing & Gas is a leading water heater replacement services provider in Abbotsford and surrounding municipalities. Our company has been in business for many years and has gained the experience to handle any water heater replacement project.
When is the best time to replace my water heater?
Consider replacing your water heater if you experience perpetual problems with your current water heater. There are various types of water heaters, including gas and electric. The former is not too complicated to replace. However, it is essential to follow all the safety measures when installing a new water heater.
A tank water heater has an average lifespan of between 8 and 12 years. However, you can replace the water heater sooner if necessary. Homeowners replace their water heaters for many reasons. Some do water heater replacement to install better performing units while others replace water heaters with irreparable damage.
Although a DIY water heater replacement may seem affordable, it can be quite expensive in the long run. A DIY project may cause additional problems that may be more expensive to fix. Consider hiring a plumber to replace your water heater, especially if you do not have the technical skills or tools for a replacement.
Tips for water heater replacement
Consider buying gas and oil-fired water heaters with sealed combustion or power venting. These types of water heaters are not only energy-efficient, but they are also safe. The sealed combustion or power venting helps to prevent back-drafting of combustion gases, which preserves energy.
Choose water heaters with high-energy factors (EF). However, it is essential to understand that the energy factor of water heaters vary. For instance, it may be more expensive to operate an electric water heater with an EF of 0.9 than a gas water heater with an EF of 0.7.
How can I lower my water heater’s energy usage?
Use various tips to lower your water heater’s energy usage. First, consider installing your water heater in a heated basement. Secondly, use minimal piping to connect your water heater to your bathroom and kitchen. In addition, consider installing aerators in your faucets, especially low flow showerheads, to reduce water consumption.
Consider hiring Ellens & Sons Plumbing & Gas to check your water heater and repair leaky faucets and piping. The technicians at Ellens & Sons Plumbing & Gas can also insulate your hot water tank to prevent energy loss.
Try to lower the thermostat in your water heater to a temperature that accommodates your home’s hot water usage. Most electric heaters feature two thermostats that control the upper and lower heating elements. Make sure the thermostats are adjusted to the same level to prevent overworking one. Consider installing a timer in your electric water heater to turn it off automatically when it is not in use.
Replacing your water heater could be the best step you could take to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Call Ellens & Sons Plumbing & Gas for a free consultation.