You don’t give it much thought until it breaks down, but your water heater works hard for you. Between bathing and showering, washing dishes, laundry, cleaning and other tasks, the typical American household uses between 60 and 65 gallons of hot water a day. Your water heater provides that hot water, day in and day out.
That nonstop workload takes a toll. The life expectancy for a conventional water heater with a tank is between eight and 10 years. But don’t wait for your water heater to fail to replace it: like other essential equipment in your home, such as your refrigerator, you don’t want to go long without it.
If you see any of these signs, make plans to upgrade to a new water heater.
If your water heater is more than 10 years old, y it likely won’t work as well as it did just a few years ago. You’ll see this with higher energy bills, or water not getting as hot.
Here’s how to check its age: Look for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker. The first letter in the serial number corresponds to its month of production; the first two numbers is the year of production. For example, if the serial number on your water heater is H102738598, the “H” is the eighth letter in the alphabet and corresponds to August, the eighth month. The “10” stands for the year. Thus, the water heater was manufactured in August of 2010.
Replacing an old water heater makes more financial sense than repairing it. That’s because today’s high-efficiency water heaters will save you money in the long run.
If you notice water around the base of your water tank, the likely culprit is a leak in the tank. Turn off the tank’s water supply and contact Dixon Energy right away for an inspection of your water heater.
Is the heated water that comes from your tank rusty? That’s a big danger sign because it means that your water heater is corroding. Corrosion can lead to a tank failure, and all the hassle and expense that goes with it, in the near future. Contact us immediately.
Rumbling noises in your water heater tank are a common sign of sediment buildup in your tank. That sediment can reduce your water heater’s efficiency, and, if left unattended, will lead to corrosion that can reduce the lifespan of your water heater. Contact us for a service call.
What is hard water? It’s water that contains higher amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. It can be more common in homes and properties with a private well instead of public water.
Hard water can leave ugly spots on your flatware and glasses, dull your laundry, and cause dry, itchy skin. It can also cause lime buildup in your water heater, reducing its efficiency and shortening its lifespan.
If you recognize any of those signs, and want to start thinking about replacing your water heater, Dixon Energy can help. We sell, install, and service a range of energy efficient tank water heaters and high-efficiency tankless water heaters.
Tankless water heaters offer several advantages. Tankless water heaters save energy by instantly heating water when you need it, rather than keeping a large tank hot all the time. As a result, you can enjoy virtually unlimited hot water—while seeing savings of up to 40%! They also last twice as long (or longer!) than a tank water heater.
Enjoy energy efficiency and comfort with a new water heater! Contact us today to get started.