Do You Need a New Water Heater?
First up, you'll need to decide whether a repair will hold you over or whether it's time to fully replace your current water heater. To make this decision, we recommend looking at the following factors:
- Age. If your water heater is over a decade old, it's time to consider purchasing a new system.
- Sediment buildup. If your water heater does not run as efficiently or is producing rust-colored water, you'll either need to flush it out or call a professional for advice if that doesn't clear up your water.
- No hot water. Obviously, if your water heater is not producing hot water, then you've got a problem.
- Frequent repairs. If you find yourself calling a plumber every few weeks to look at your water heater, then you should consider purchasing a new one.
Types of Water Heaters
You're most likely familiar with the conventional tank water heater model, but there are other options to consider as well.
Here's a breakdown:
- Conventional storage water heaters are the traditional option. They fill the tank with water and heat it to the desired temperature. The downside is that once the tank of hot water is used, you have to wait for it to refill and reheat to enjoy hot water again.
- Tankless or on-demand water heaters are the next most common models. They heat water directly without the use of a large tank. Reminder: the water is not instantly hot; you still have a waiting period before the water is at your desired temperature.
- Solar water heaters are less common but the most efficient. As their name suggests, they use the sun's heat to warm the water.
If you have questions about upgrading your water heater or which model is best for your home, call the professionals at Seiter Services. We would be happy to help you make this decision, so visit us online or give us a call at (937) 507-3372 to learn more about your water heater options!