Your water heater is something you probably don’t think too much about and take for granted; you turn on the tap and hot water comes out. However, one day it probably won’t and it is at that point that you suddenly realize the importance of your hot water heater. No more do you take it for granted; the water heater has to mended or replaced urgently.
It’s only when your water heater ceases to operate, you realize how reliant you are on it. You and your family can’t take a shower and you can’t wash up the dishes. With personal cleanliness at an all time high, it’s likely you and family may take more than one shower a day, so not having hot water is a real problem.
Water heaters generally work for up to 15 years and most of the time they are completely maintenance-free. This is the reason why you take it for granted and therefore why it comes as a terrific shock the day it stops producing hot water.
The best way of ensuring you don’t end up getting let down without warning is to check the age of your water heater and make a note of it. You will find the manufacture date on the label of the heater. If you find the heater is more than about eight years old then now is the sensible time to start undertaking some research into getting a replacement water heater.
Having just mentioned that many water heaters work well for up to 15 years, you may think that looking for a replacement for one that’s eight years old is a little early, but you need to realize that 15 years is about the maximum, so many will break several years earlier. Another thing to consider is that continuing technological advances mean that water heaters are constantly getting more and more efficient so one that’s eight or so years old will use a lot more energy than a new one. Obviously, the initial cost of a new one may make you think twice. However there are two things you need to consider.
Firstly, a new energy efficient water heater will save on your energy bills; it’s estimated that 18 per cent of your home energy bill is heating your water. Secondly, it really is sensible to have a new one installed before your existing water heater stops working.
If your water heating stops working the first thing you are likely to do is call out an engineer. Now you have the associated call out charges and the cost of any replacement parts. The engineer may say that your water heater really needs replacing; now you have a problem because you are without hot water and haven’t thought about the type of water heater you would like. You can easily make a rash decision at this time and get a water heater that you don’t really want. So, sensibly check out new water heaters before your existing one stops working; it will be far less stressful and you can choose one that’s perfect for your hot water requirements and one that saves on your energy costs.