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Replacing your water heater: Factors to consider

Posted: January 17, 2018

If you have a conventional water heater (one with a storage tank), you can expect it to last about 8-10 years – a number that that can vary depending on the quality of the tank, the quality of your installation and maintenance, and even the chemical composition of your water. If your water heater is nearing that age, you’re probably due for a replacement – and if you’re finding leaks and rust around your tank, you might even be overdue for one.

Replacing your water heater: The basics

Before shopping for a new water heater, it’s helpful to learn all you can about the model of water heater you have, along with what’s available to replace it.

You can learn most of what you need to know about your current model from the nameplate on its side, including the unit’s tank capacity, insulation R-value, model, and serial number. If you have an electric water heater, the nameplate will also list the wattage capacity and voltage of the heating elements.

As for your future water heater, you will want to know its:

Consider going tankless

One option to consider is switching to a tankless water heater, which heats water on demand rather than storing it for later use. These propane-powered units are a little more expensive up front, but you’ll get unlimited hot water, save space, and cut your energy bills by 30 percent or more – enough to quickly offset the additional cost of the unit.

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