Sooner or later it’s going to happen. That old water heater is going to give out. When it does, you may not have time to shop around for a new unit. Water heater replacement is something that needs to be done quickly since water heaters are vital to the smooth operation of a home.

Here are a few telltale signs that can tip you off beforehand that your old unit needs replacing soon.

  • Age – Gas models last about 8 to 10 years, while electric models will perform for an average of 10 to 15 years.
  • Water color – Tinted water is a good indication that your water heater’s life is running out.
  • Water temperature – If your water isn’t as hot as it should be or you run out of water under normal use, check the thermostat setting. Otherwise, you might be dealing with a declining heater.
  • Moisture – Leaks may cause water to build up around the unit’s base.
  • Standing water – Puddles around the heater can signal it’s time for a new one.

Shopping for a water heater replacement

If it’s determined that a new water heater is needed, take the following factors into consideration:

  • Size – Figure out how much hot water your household needs before you make a big investment. A trusted professional can help you determine just the right size for your needs.
  • Fuel type – Do you want to use gas, electric or solar?
  • Unit type – You can choose a standard tank model or opt for the newer tankless systems.
  • Efficiency – Keep an eye on the water heater’s efficiency, particularly since this system will be in your home for several years to come.
  • Incentives – Tax credits and other incentives are worth looking into. Nothing makes committing to a significant home investment a little easier than getting some money back.

You’ve invested in a water heater replacement. Now what?

To keep your water heater in top shape, a few yearly maintenance tasks may prolong the life of your system.

For more information about water heater replacement, contact the pros at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’re proud to serve homeowners throughout the greater Cincinnati area.

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