Should I Replace My Old Water Heater?
Old water heaters lose efficiencies depending on their age and the sediment on the bottom of the tank. Hot water heaters can last 8-10 years if they are flushed regularly, so make sure you get yours flushed regularly. When it’s time to replace your old water heater, here are some considerations.
What is the most efficient fuel for a water heater?
There’s two ways to look at it, first is to identify what’s less expensive to operate and next is to know what’s more efficient. The most efficient water heater is an electric water heater. They are completely sealed tanks surrounded with insulation all the way around. With this type of water heater, you don’t lose any of the heat from the water through the tank, yet the electricity can be much more expensive than natural gas.
A natural gas water heater may be less expensive but they’re not nearly as efficient. Natural gas water heaters run at about 60% efficiency while an electric water heater is 99-100% efficient. They don’t lose the heat of the water over a period of time. An electric water heater may cycle on and off three times a day, where a gas water heater would cycle off eight to ten times a day just to keep the water in the tank at the proper temperature.
With plumbing technology today, you have several options when you have to replace an old water heater including tankless water heaters. Be sure to make sure whatever you choose, the space needed for a water heater is sufficient.
Leak Geeks Plumbing provides hot water heaters, tankless water heaters and many other plumbing repair services in Fort Worth TX and the surrounding DFW area. Give Leak Geeks a call today at 817-330-6550 for help with your old water heater!