Why Replace My Gas Water Heater?
Several issues may come up with a gas water heater. While it makes sense to invest in repairs for a gas water heater in like-new condition, some problems indicate it's time to consider retiring your water heater in favor of a newer model.
Here are a few problems that may indicate you need a new one:
A smell of rotten eggs or strange noises
No hot water
Rusty or orange hot water from the tap
Water leaks and flooding (for tank water heaters)
Scalding water that can cause injuries
Call in the professionals to determine whether these symptoms indicate a fixable problem or whether it's time to part ways with your current unit. For water heaters over six years old, it might be better to get a new one than pay for repairs.
What Type of Water Heater Would Benefit My Home?
If you decide on a gas water heater replacement, you first have to decide whether to stick with gas or switch to an electric water heater or hybrid unit (heat pump).
Look at units with energy efficiency ratings that fit within your budget. Most appliances have a yellow energy guide indicating the first hour rating (fhr). You want a water heater that matches your peak hourly demand. If you need help figuring this out, call the appropriate utility company for an estimate.
Should I Stick With Gas or Go With Electricity?
Start by comparing the pros and cons of sticking with a gas water heater. Gas water heaters run on natural gas, which requires gas lines running from a city line or tank to appliances in your home. If your gas lines are relatively new, it might make sense to stick with gas to power your water heater. Also, gas typically costs less than electricity when it comes to running appliances.
Gas water heaters heat water more quickly than electric. For example, a gas water heater can heat 50 gallons of water in an hour, but electric models take up to three hours. If the electricity goes out in your area, you'll still have hot water if you stick to a gas water heater.
When in use, both the electric and gas tank water heaters will maintain the temperature of the water. You could always switch to a tankless water heater that will heat the water on demand.
Gas leaks can pose a danger to your home and family. Undetected leaks can cause explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. This risk deters many families from choosing more efficient, cheaper gas units over electric ones.
You also have to decide whether to use a traditional water heater with a tank or an on-demand tankless water heater. There are pros and cons to each, and both are available in gas or electric models. While tankless water heaters are more efficient, traditional systems may have a higher capacity, depending on the needs of your family.
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Benefits of Replacing Your Gas Water Heater Today
There are many benefits to going ahead with a gas water heater replacement, including the following:
A new traditional unit will last up to 10 years, and a new on demand water heater will last up to 20 years.
You won't have to worry about losing hot water during a shower anymore.
With a larger tank, you can meet the needs of a growing family.
New models typically run more quietly.
A new, more efficient water heater will save money on monthly utility bills.
You can also take advantage of rebates of up to $700.
We would be happy to talk to you about eligibility requirements for additional rebates offered by programs such as Mass Save®.
Contact us today for gas water heater replacement and installation near you!