From doing laundry to washing dishes, we all rely heavily on our water heaters. Without one, all of our daily routines would be hampered. Say hello to cold showers! The average tank-type water heater lasts for around 7-12 years with proper maintenance. With that being said, eventually it will come time for a replacement. In other cases, you may need a water heater installation as you build your dream home. Regardless of the situation, there awesome things you should consider first:
- What kind of water heater installation do you want? If you’re looking for a classic option, you should go with a tank-type water heater. They were invented in 1889 and are virtually unchanged today. There are both gas and electric options for you to choose from, each coming with their own benefits. The other type offered is a tankless water heater. These are popular because they save you a considerable amount of space and energy-cost. In addition, they can keep your water hot for hours upon hours. While they are the more expensive option, tankless water heaters have a much longer lifespan.
2. How much hot water do you need at a time? Each family is different and has different usage needs when it comes to hot water. If you have a family of six and you all like to shower at the same time, you’ll probably need a bigger tank. However, a one bathroom house can suffice with something smaller.
3. How fancy do you want your water heater to be? While most water heaters are pretty plain and simple, technology is advancing quickly. In today’s world, you can choose wifi-enabled water heaters that sync to your phone and allow you to change the temperature, track usage, look at logistics of your plumbing system, etc..
When do I need an installation?
There are several different signs that your old water heater is on a downward spiral. The first and easiest to notice is a lack of hot water. If you’re in the shower and your water starts to get cold much faster than normal, that should be a red flag. Similarly, your water taking forever to heat up is also a bad sign.
The next noticeable sign is a dark, rust-colored tint to your water. Most tank-type water heaters are made out of stainless steel and will eventually start to rust on the inside from coming into contact with so much water and oxygen. If you notice this, it’s best to get it checked out immediately. If ignored, it could cause a leak in your water heater and cause severe water damage to your home. The best way to spot a leak is by continuously checking the drain pan at the bottom of your water heater. If it starts to fill up faster than usual, a leak is probably somewhere nearby.
Can I install a water heater myself?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. A water heater installation is a fairly labor-intensive task and your whole plumbing system needs to be taken into consideration. It’s best to leave it to certified professionals that have the skills and training necessary. When you attempt to do an installation yourself, you may cause significant damage that can become expensive. Our staff here at FloGuard is more than happy to help with your water heater installation and we anxiously await your call!