You’re in the shower preparing for that long Monday ahead of you.
You’re soaped up from head to toe, enjoying the warm shower before you face the day, until …that first drop of cold water hits your back. There’s no going back now. The threat of cold showers has been lurking around for a while now, and now you’re out in the cold.
After suffering through the rest of your shiver-inducing shower, you run to the basement and check your water heater,
and, yep, you guessed it…it’s not working anymore. Maybe it’s finally time to replace that old unit.
Your water heater is one of the most-used but rarely-seen appliances. The only time you pay attention to the water heater is when it stops working. Then you realize just how important it really is.
If your current water heater is more than 10 years old, you could be in the market for a new one soon.
Next to your heating and cooling system, your water heater is one of the biggest energy users in your home. With homes becoming more energy efficient, it’s important to consider efficiency when selecting a new water heater. But the lifespan, cost and capacity are important, too.
Mr. Plumber offers high efficiency units with less emissions. The energy efficiency of a storage water heater is indicated by its “Energy Factor” (EF). The higher the EF is, the more efficient the water heater is. Gas water heaters have an EF between 0.50 and 0.60, but some high-efficiency models go up to 0.80. Other efficiency features to look for are tanks with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation.
Mr. Plumber also offers tankless water heaters, which are more efficient than traditional tank water heaters. These work by heating the water on an as-needed basis rather than heating and reheating your tank full of water.
The average lifespan of a water heater is about 8-12 years, depending on the brand, location and quality of installation and whether or not you do the needed regular maintenance. Your water heater will last longer with annual flushes. Mr. Plumber offers maintenance plans when your purchase a new water heater from us. We also offer 6 year, 10 year and Lifetime Tank Warranties. Under the lifetime warranty, if your tank fails any time during the lifespan of your water heater, we will replace your water heater tank with a brand new one.
To save energy, don’t buy a water heater that is bigger than you need. Although some consumers base their purchase on the size of the storage tank, the peak hour demand (or first-hour rating, FHR) is actually a better indicator. The FHR is how much hot water the heater will deliver in an hour.
Tankless water heaters have a capacity of up to 9.8 gallons per minute (GPM). This allows continuous hot water to flow between appliances simultaneously, so you can take a shower and do dishes without worry about running out of hot water.
Before installation, our techs will do a capacity test to make sure you get the best water heater to fit your needs.
Since your water heater is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind appliance, it can be tempting to buy a low-cost unit for your home. But, low cost water heaters often end up being more expensive to operate and maintain. While energy efficient water heaters and those with longer tank warranties may be more expensive up-front, they can save you money on your water heating bills in the long run. If the cost of a new water heater is out of your price range, we also offer special financing plans that can make payments for a new water heater around $15-$25 a month.
So soap up, wash lively and avoid the frigid feeling that comes the minute that old water heater calls it quits. Contact us for a free estimate on replacement or schedule your next maintenance appointment online. Our team of experts will make your home a safe-haven for a lifetime of warm showers.