Waking up to a cold shower before school or work isn't very fun. If
you're getting the kids back into their fall school routines in anticipation
of the 2015-2016 academic year, you might want to put a water heater inspection
on your to-do list.
What the School Year Does to a Water Heater
You may not have given it much thought, but the school year can put a lot
of pressure on your old water heater. Running the dishwasher, showering,
shaving, and washing clothes all increase when the school year starts
back up. The additional use adds significant extra wear and tear on your
water heater, and someone may end up with the cold end of the stick.
Even if your water heater is only a few years old, that's enough time
for sediment to build up and corrosion to impact the pipes and internal
components. Getting an inspection is an easy way to make sure your water
heater can handle the additional use and approaching colder weather.
When to Replace Your Water Heater
If your water heater is 10-13 years old, it's at the end of its expected
life cycle. You may understandably want to get as much use out of your
old standby as possible, but doing so may leave you with a less efficient
system and more bouts of cold or lukewarm water. Whether you want to wait
until Old Faithful finally gives out or you're ready to look into
an upgrade now, there's one alternative you should definitely evaluate:
tankless water heaters.
Considerations for Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters conserve space and energy and are available in both
gas and electric forms. they’re up to 20-30% more efficient than
traditional water heaters and they offer a continuous supply of hot water.
While they do tend to come at a slightly higher price, they also have
a life expectancy of up to 20 years - twice the life expectancy of most
traditional water heater models. They also have easily replaceable parts
that can extend the lifespan longer than 20 years. Add together the lifespan,
efficiency and space-saving benefits of a tankless water heater, and it
becomes a very competitive alternative to traditional heaters.
For the school year specifically, a tankless water heater would also mean
mom, dad, brother and sister could all get a shower in the morning without
fighting over who gets the hot water.
How Often to Get an Inspection
The more a water heater gets used, the more often it needs to be maintained.
If you have a large family and anticipate a high-use school year, go ahead
and schedule or perform a basic inspection. Households with 1-2 individuals
should check the water heater every 6 months. Families of 3 to 5 or more
should check it every 4 months and drain it every 8 months or sooner.
Regular inspections and maintenance can extend the life expectancy of
your current heater and ensure that it's running as efficiently as
possible for those morning showers.
To have your hot water heater checked or discuss tankless water heater options,
contact The Eco Plumbers today.