So much is riding on your hot water heater.
Just think about your morning routine: if you want a refreshing shower, clean clothes and an easy way to wash your breakfast dishes, you need a reliable hot water heater.
But like any essential household appliance, a water heater won't last forever. Sooner or later, it will need to be replaced. In this blog post, we'll help you prepare for that important step.
What's the cost of a water heater replacement?
In the Philadelphia region, the average cost of installing a new one is $944, with prices ranging from the mid $700s to just under $1,200.
In addition, there are two key factors that can affect the cost:
1. Tank vs. Tankless
A tank water heater stores water and keeps it heated at a pre-set temperature. When you turn on the faucet, the heater sends water your way. With a tankless system, you aren't heating water ahead of time. Rather, the water heater heats water only when you need it using super-heated coils.
The tank system is cheaper and easier to install, but they are less efficient and have a shorter life span. Tankless water heaters are more efficient and longer lasting – they also never run out of hot water – but are more expensive. Installation will take significantly longer, as much as 10 hours.
2. Gas vs. Electric
Electric heaters are more energy-efficient than their gas counterparts. However, the cost of electricity can make gas the more affordable option. In addition, a gas water heater will still work when your power goes out, while an electric heater is at the mercy of your utility company.
How do I know it's time for water heater replacement?
There are a few different signs you need a new water heater:
· You have rusty or off-color water coming from your faucet.
· The water doesn't get hot enough, or doesn't heat up at all.
· You hear loud pops and cracks, which are a sign the heating element is about to fail.
· If you have a water heater that's more than 10 years old, it's come to the end of its life expectancy.
· Leaks around the water heater are a significant sign of trouble, indicating major internal failure. Shut off the electricity or gas to the system and let it cool down before replacing it.
You may be tempted to try to replace your water heater on your own, but hiring a professional installer can give you the peace of mind that the job has been done safely and up to code.
Let All Seasons Comfort Control be that installation service. Our professionals have spent the last 15 years installing gas and electric water heaters to homes throughout the region. If your water heater is showing signs of giving up, give us a call. We'll take care of the HVAC work, and you can check this off your list of things to do!”