When it comes to home appliances, most homeowners don't think of their water heaters as major energy consumers. They're often taken for granted until they stop working, and then it's just a matter of calling a plumber to replace them. However, an old water heater can be costing you more than you think. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it could be time to invest in a new, efficient model. Here’s what you need to know.
How an old water heater increases your bills
Tank water heaters are designed to heat water to a specific temperature and maintain that temperature until the hot water is used. Over time, sediment builds up in the tank, making it harder for the heating element to heat the water. This causes the water heater to work harder and use more energy to maintain the set temperature. Eventually, the water heater may not be able to heat the water to the desired temperature, and you’ll be left with lukewarm water. This, in turn, leads to increased use of hot water, which, of course, means higher bills.
How to tell if your water heater is old
Most manufacturers recommend replacing your water heater every 10-12 years. However, there are signs that your water heater is nearing the end of its life span. One indicator is rust or corrosion around the water supply or discharge pipes. Another is a buildup of sediment in the water tank, which can cause strange noises when the water heater is on. If you're not sure of the age of your water heater, check the serial number. The first two digits often indicate the year it was made, and the second two typically indicate the month.
What to do if your water heater is old
If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it's time to consider replacing it. A new water heater will not only save you money on your energy bills, but it will also improve your home's safety. Old water heaters are at greater risk of developing leaks, which can lead to water damage and mold growth. Plus, new water heaters are now more energy-efficient, thanks to improvements in technology. So, not only will you save money on your energy bills, but you'll also be doing your part for the environment.
How Red Lilly Plumbing can help
At Red Lilly Plumbing, we understand the importance of having an efficient water heater. We offer a variety of water heater services, including installation, repair, and maintenance. Our team of expert plumbers can help you choose the right water heater for your home and install it quickly and efficiently. We can also provide regular maintenance to keep your water heater running at peak efficiency and prevent costly breakdowns. Don't wait until your old water heater breaks down – contact us today and start saving money on your energy bills (323) 319-4102!