Replacing Your Water Heater? Learn How To Choose A New One

Would you love to take a cold water shower in the winter? Chances are you wouldn’t. Sometimes, even during the hottest months of the year, a relaxing hot bath is all you want at the end of a long day. That’s not the only use of hot water, though: It’s also helpful for washing dishes and clothes, heating spaces, and cleaning. However, you can’t just take hot water for granted; you need to ensure that your water heater is running smoothly. After all, this equipment alone can amount to nearly 20% of your home’s energy costs, so it’s best to make sure you don’t need a repair or a replacement.

Should You Replace Your Water Heater?

First, you need to evaluate the state of your equipment. While a tank-type water heater usually lasts between 8 and 12 years, a tankless water heater typically has a longer lifespan. Since each model is different, we advise you to look for this information in the manufacturer’s manual.

Keep in mind that even newer water heaters might have some issues. Call a professional to inspect your equipment if you notice any of the signs below:

  • Your water heater is making strange noises.
  • Your hot water is no longer transparent, and looks yellow or red.
  • You’re experiencing a temperature drop in your hot water.
  • Water is pooling around the base of your tank.

How To Choose A Water Heater

If you’ve concluded that replacing your water heater is the best option, make sure your new one comes from a reputable brand. At Goff Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we encourage our customers to opt for Rheem, because they’ve been around for almost a century and have a selection of award-winning products.  

So, how do you choose a water heater? Start by deciding which water heating fuel type suits you best: gas or electric. It’s normally most cost effective to use the same fuel of your old water heater.

Another aspect to consider is the type of water heater. While the most popular options are tankless, traditional, solar, and point-of-use, we suggest a high efficiency tank-type because it reduces the operating cost and helps you save on your energy bills.

You’ll notice that most water heaters manufactured by Rheem have easy-to-use controls with diagnostics, so you don’t have to spend your precious time trying to understand how to make it work.

Goff Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing is located in Texarkana, Texas. We’re offering a one year installation warranty on Rheem water heater purchases. If you have any questions, contact us through our website or call (903) 838-6923 to get the job done.