The hot, humid weather leads the family to take more showers and wash clothes more frequently. With the family all at home, you are using your dishwasher more frequently and running hot water through faucets to wash hands and brush teeth.
Even though these are the warmest months of the year, you still need your water heater because no one likes a cold shower.
You may be finding your water heater is not keeping up with your needs. You have found the last shower of the morning ends up being lukewarm or worse, or you don't have enough hot water after doing a load of laundry or dishes.
Maybe it's always been that way in your home, and you are ready to see if there is an alternative.
In this article, we want to help you determine if it is time for a new water heater, and what type you should choose.
Is It Time for a New Water Heater?
Here are a few signs it is time to replace your existing water heater:
- Age: The average age of a tank-style water heater is 8-12 years old. Entering or exceeding this age range is a sure sign you're going to need a new water heater soon.
- Leaking: If your water heater is leaking, it is a sure sign of, at the very least, the need for repair. However, multiple occurrences of leaking could be indicative of the need for replacement.
- Rust: If your water heater has visible rust, that problem is not one that will correct itself. It is likely a sign you need to begin shopping for a water heater.
- Heat: When your water heater stops heating water effectively and efficiently, it could be a sign your water heater is nearing the end of its life.
- Maintenance: Some homeowners may not realize water heaters need routine maintenance. You may have purchased a home with an aging water heater that the previous owners neglected. Inconsistent maintenance will lead to the need to replace your water heater sooner than later.
If your water heater is showing some of these signs, you need to reach out to your trusted local plumber. They will be able to advise you on whether it is time for repair or replacement.
Breaking Down the Three Types of Water Heaters
When it is time to replace your water heater, here is a quick breakdown of the three different types of units from which you will choose:
1. Traditional Tank-Style Water Heaters
This is a standard water heater that has an insulated tank to store pre-heated water. When you turn on the tap or power up your appliances, the heated water is released into your plumbing system through a pipe on the top of the tank.
2. Tankless or "On Demand" Water Heaters
While water is continuously being heated with traditional water heaters, on-demand units only heat water when you need it.
An electric element or a flame-heated coil inside the unit heats water only when it is needed, rather than storing it in a tank where it may not be used for hours.
3. Hybrid Water Heaters
A true hybrid between traditional and on-demand water heaters, electric hybrid water heaters have both a tank and a heat pump. It transfers heat from the air to your water using electricity.
It can both store water for high-demand times (e.g., morning showers or nighttime dishes/laundry/baths), as well as heat the water directly with immersion elements.
When utilized in the energy saver mode, they are two to three times more energy-efficient than traditional tank-style electric water heaters.
Hybrid Water Heaters Are the Best of Both Worlds
If you want to make sure you have hot water when you need it while also improving your overall energy efficiency, hybrid water heaters provide the best of both worlds. Switching to a hybrid water heater can help you save money and reduce your consumption.
Also known as heat pump water heaters, these units help you save up to 63 percent on electricity. However, you do not have to sacrifice performance for efficiency. Hybrid water heaters can handle your hot water demands more effectively than tank-style units.
At the same time, the price point is often more palatable than tankless units. Many homeowners find they perform better than tankless water heaters, especially when natural gas is not available.
If you are searching for a new water heater and have questions about hybrid units, we would love to help. Action Service Company, LLC has been serving people in and around Statesville for decades, providing the highest quality water heaters and water heater installation in the area.
Contact us for more information about new water heaters and professional grade installation.