The hot water heater in your home has a big job. It not only heats the water that comes into it and supplies it to your home, It must also keep that water warm until you need it later. The hot water heater and tank are pretty durable but can begin to lose efficiency as they age and may require replacement. If you are not getting good hot water from your tank, it may be time to consider replacing it with a new one.
Signs Of A Failing Hot Water Heater
The most common sign of a failing hot water heater is a lack of hot water. The heating elements may be failing and the water not staying hot or the controller for the elements may be at fault. In either case, the hot water heater is most likely able to be repaired for less than the cost of a new hot water heater but if the tank is very old, you may be better off to replace it with a new one. If the tank is leaking, the entire unit will require replacement but inspection of the entire unit is required to determine is that is the case.
Inspecting The Hot Water Tank
Taking the time to inspect the hot water tank for damage, leaks, and plumbing problems can help find a problem while it is still small. Just taking the time to look over the entire unit and check for water leaking from the tank, corrosion on the outside of the case, or other visual problems will only take a minute but can save you a lot of headaches down the road. If you are not comfortable inspecting the hot water heater, have a plumber come in and look at the tank if you suspect there is a problem.
Upgrading To A High-Efficiency Tank
If your hot water heat does fail, the options for replacement are varied. You could get a direct replacement unit if your old one provided enough hot water or you could consider an upgrade if it didn't. High efficiency water heaters are readily available and use less electricity to do the same job. The insulation is better so the water stay warm longer as well. These hot water heaters are going to be a little more expensive but in the end, they can save you money on your electric bill.
Installation of the New Hot Water Heater
While a homeowner may be able to install a new hot water tank, but it is recommended that you hire a plumber to do the work for you. The tank may not be the same dimensions and could require the plumbing to be altered to fit the new position. In some cities or states, you are required to have a professional for the water heater installation, but check with your municipality if you are going to try and do the work yourself.Share
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