Raleigh Water Heater Replacement
All water heaters need to be replaced at some time. A leaking hot water tank may be the most common reason to replace a water heater. Today’s water heaters may be installed in an interior closet space, the crawl space or in the attic. As home design has changed over the years you water heater may not be in the garage or basement as they use to. With the new placement of water heaters there is a greater chance of water damage if the hot water tank leaks. All water heater have a drip pan that may not contain all of the water leakage. If your water heater placement is in a hidden part of the home you may not notice there is a problem until you see a water stain on the ceiling or wall.
Most water heaters have an 8 to 12 year life cycle depending on the capacity and efficiency of the unit. You may have more than one water heater in your home and should have all your hot water tanks inspected to minimize the chance of a leak doing damage to your home.
Another reason to consider changing your water heater is the operating efficiency and type of hot water tank. Heating water consumes around 15% to 20% of your home utility costs. There are numerous energy efficient choices when looking for a new water heater. The three main options are an electric water heater, gas water heater and a tank less water heater system. All three have advantages in size for placement, location to energy sources and availability of venting space. A tank less water heater will allow quicker hot water access while having a more expensive upfront cost. Gas and electric water heaters have a lower cost point and have more flexibility on placement of the unit.
If you are in need of a water heater replacement or are looking for a new alternative to your current water heating system call the water heater specialists in Raleigh at 3rd Generations Plumbing.