Today, we’d like to spend some time focusing on your home’s water heater. Your water heater is arguably the hardest working appliance that you have in your home. For example, did you know that your water heater accounts for nearly 17% of your home’s overall energy usage? That 17% might not seem like a huge percentage, but it becomes a lot bigger when you consider that it’s coming all from one appliance. You use your water heater when you bathe, wash your clothes, wash your dishes, or even wash your hands.
If you want to make sure that you’re always treating your water heater well so it can best serve you, then there are certain things you should know. Luckily, we’re experts on everything regarding water heaters in Sugar Land, TX. Let’s run you through the basics below.
A Water Heater Pop Quiz
The Jeopardy music is playing in the background and we’re waiting on your answer. Do you know it? Let’s take a quick run through this quiz and see if you know your stuff.
When Should You Replace Your Water?
You should replace your water heater every 10–15 years. This is because this is how long your system is set to last. Although a water heater can last about 15 years, it’s likely that it won’t be as efficient as possible at this point in its journey. We suggest that you have a plan in place and a model in mind to upgrade to before system failure forces you to.
What Problems Show a Need for Repair Work?
This is a question with a wide range of answers. A few causes for concern include:
- A lack of hot water
- Water temperature imbalances throughout the home
- High water bills despite routine operation
- Smelly water
- Debris in water
Really, anything out of the ordinary is a cause for concern and should be addressed immediately.
Which Is Better: Tank or Tankless?
We’ll admit it—this is a bit of a trick question. Which model is better is going to depend on what type of home you have and your specific needs. If you’re prioritizing efficiency and eco-friendliness, then we suggest a tankless model. If you want reliability and familiarity, then you might want to go tank. Either way, we can help you weigh your options because we’re experts.
Checking Your Answers
This isn’t one of those scenarios where there’s “no wrong answer.” There are some wrong answers here, but the good news is that we’re not going to judge you for them. We’re only here to gently correct you and then set you back on the right path. If you only got one question right or didn’t get any right at all, we’d suggest combing through our blogs to brush up on your water heater knowledge. Even if you got everything right on our quiz, we’d still suggest touching base with a professional to figure out what your best plan of attack is. You can think of our professionals as having your blind spots. We’re going to make sure that you have the best water heater service available.
Contact Doug Turner Plumbing CO. today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. Services you can depend on!