Your homes uses a water heater to supply the hot water you use for bathing, doing dishes, and preparing meals. When your water heater starts to show signs of wear or isn't meeting your needs, then you can upgrade the unit to a better appliance. Tankless water heaters are known for their efficiency and reliability, so talk to your HVAC specialist about this type of replacement.
Is it time to upgrade your water heater? You may not realize you actually need a new water heater until you really look into your situation. Here are signs it's time to upgrade your water heater.
You run out of water frequently
Are you running out of hot water quickly? The issue could be for a few reasons. First, your current water heater may just not have the capacity to supply the hot water you use as readily as you need it. Second, your water heating appliance may be wearing out, so it doesn't keep water as hot or heat water as quickly as it used to. Either way, if your water heater is coming up short when you want hot water, it's time to consider a new unit.
Your HVAC specialist will help you select the right tankless or other style water heater for your needs based on your family's size and other factors. Since water heaters come in different sizes and designs, you want to let your HVAC specialist assist you.
You have discolored water
When your water heater is starting to wear out or show signs of needing to be drained, your hot water will start to become discolored. The water may look rusty orange or have bits of metal in it, which is actually debris or metal matter from the inside of the water heater's tank. The tank to your water heater may just need to be drained and filled, or there may be a more serious condition, like a rusting tank.
You have higher electric bills
Your water heater uses electricity to heat up. The unit will kick on and off throughout the day as your water usage increases. If your energy bill is higher than normal suddenly or is gradually increasing despite no changes in your actual energy usage, your water heater or other appliance is likely to blame. If your water heater is older, have your HVAC specialist replace the unit for a new one that is more energy efficient.