New water heaters offer benefits for water conservation, energy efficiency, and comfort. Replacing your old water heater will provide a more reliable supply of hot water and operate at a lower cost, giving you savings on your monthly utility bills.
Water temperature inconsistencies, a lack of adequate hot water, foul-smelling or discolored water, extinguished pilot lights, no hot water, and decreased water pressure are all common water heater problems that indicate the need for a repair.
The reason behind the leak really will depend on the location. For example, if your water heater is leaking from the top it could indicate a problem with the plumbing connections, damage to your anode rod, or a loose temperature and pressure relief valve. While a leak at the base of the water heater is most likely due to a clogged drain valve. These issues can often be fixed with a repair.
However, if you notice that the tank itself is leaking you are most likely in need of a replacement. This typically occurs when the tank becomes damaged from age, corrosion, and other deterioration.
When you are replacing your water heater, it’s imperative you select a system that is the correct size. If you get a traditional tank style water heater, you’ll need to calculate how much water you need based on the size of your family and your demand for hot water.
If you select a water heater that is too big you could see a loss in energy as water is being heated and stored that isn’t being used. While a system that is too small will not be able to produce the level of hot water needed, often leading to wear and tear on the unit.