A New Water Heater Is the Gift that Keeps on Giving This Holiday Season!
It’s safe to say that most people’s holiday wishlists probably don’t include something as unromantic as a water heater - but maybe they should. The water heater is in many ways the unsung hero of any home’s plumbing system, especially in the cold winter months, when hot water is a must.
So if the current water heater is ancient or malfunctioning (the two tend to go hand in hand), a shiny new water heater is the perfect gift! Keep reading for tips on how to know when it’s time to pull the trigger on a water heater replacement, as well as the advantages offered by some of today’s best water heater models.
How To Tell When a Water Heater Is Broken
There are several signs that a water heater is malfunctioning. The most obvious sign is if the home doesn’t have any hot water. If the home does have hot water but it runs out quickly, or the temperature fluctuates frequently, this could indicate a range of electrical or burner-related issues - or that the unit is simply too small.
Other indicators of a broken or malfunctioning water heater include smelly, cloudy, or discolored water, low hot water pressure, water leaking from the unit, and strange sounds such as rumbling or popping coming from the unit. Some of these problems are dire and may require an all-out replacement, but others are relatively quick fixes - particularly if caught early enough.
To Replace or Repair?
Many homeowners are understandably hesitant to replace their entire water heater but lean instead toward repairing it, if possible. But sometimes, there’s simply no choice.
For instance, if the unit is leaking, the issue may simply be a faulty temperature & pressure (T&P) valve or a loose pipe fitting, both of which are easy fixes. But if the tank itself is leaking, the whole unit will need to be replaced. The unit may be repairable in other cases, but it may not be worth it.
As a general rule, if the cost of repairs is more than half the cost of a replacement, homeowners should seriously consider the latter, particularly if the unit is more than 8 years old. Most residential water heaters last between 8 and 12 years, so replacement may be more economical. Homeowners can consult with their water heater service company to determine which option is best for their specific circumstances.
Benefits of Water Heater Replacement
While repairs may be the best option in some cases, there are a few key advantages to replacing the unit outright. To start with, most newer water heaters are more energy-efficient than older models, so homeowners can start saving on their utility bills right away.
Newer models also tend to have better recovery rates, which means they can provide more hot water within a given time frame. On that note, getting rid of the old unit allows homeowners to upgrade to a larger unit (space permitting) with a greater tank capacity to ensure there’s enough hot water for everyone in the house. Tankless water heaters are also great in this regard, as they heat water on demand to provide a continuous supply of hot water.
About Cajun Maintenance
The award-winning Cajun Maintenance has been handling the plumbing needs of the Baton Rouge community for over a decade. As a family-operated local business, they are committed to clear communication, honest, no-surprise pricing, and above all, the safety and peace of mind of every customer. Cajun offers personalized solutions to fit any budget and situation, so call them today for water heater installation in Baton Rouge, LA!