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The average water heater should last about a decade or longer, depending on the specific make and model. Your record of routine maintenance will also make a difference as to when you should schedule water heater replacement. It may be time to think about installing a water heater if yours breaks down often or it isn’t as efficient as it used to be.
Residents in Southern Arizona can call Intelligent Design in Tucson to request a free estimate for water heater installation. We’re ready to help you replace your water heater with the right model for your needs. From selecting a tank size to choosing the right heating element, we’ll help you select the right replacement water heater for your home. We also specialize in tankless water heater installation!
Scheduling Your Water Heater Replacement Consultation
You can schedule a consultation with a licensed plumber at Intelligent Design. First, we’ll ask some questions about your preferences and whether you were generally happy with your old water heater. For example, did your family have enough hot water for the activities of daily living, or did you often run out of hot water? Alternatively, we may ask about your preferred water temperature.
Our plumber will also help you decide whether you want a gas or electric water heater. Most families decide to stick with the same fuel type as their old water heater. However, you might want to switch if you’re unhappy with your utility costs. In general, gas water heaters cost more upfront, but they are usually less expensive to operate than electric water heaters. However, gas water heaters tend to have a lifespan of about eight to 12 years, whereas electric water heaters typically last between 10 and 15 years.
Most standard residential water heaters have a capacity of 20 to 80 gallons. Our licensed plumber will recommend an appropriate capacity for your household’s needs. It’s also important to consider the first-hour rating (FHR). The FHR lets you know how much hot water supply you can reliably expect within an hour of use. For example, a FHR of 30 gallons is inadequate for a family that uses about 40 gallons first thing in the morning. Our licensed plumbers will help you choose the right appliance for your family during your consultation.
Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters
Another option is to upgrade to a tankless water heater. This appliance has a slim profile. It’s mounted directly on a wall, so there’s no need to have a bulky reservoir taking up space in your home. Even better, it heats water as it’s used, which means your family will never run out of hot water again! Tankless water heaters also tend to be more efficient and require less energy. This means you can look forward to lower utility bills. Our licensed plumber will be happy to answer all of your questions about tankless water heaters.
Signs You Need a New Water Heater
Not sure whether you really need to replace your water heater? Yours may need to be replaced if any of the following are true:
- Your current unit is more than 10 years old.
- You’re seeing rust-colored water.
- Your water heater has sprung a leak.
- You aren’t getting enough hot water.
- The appliance is making weird noises.
You may also need to replace your unit if you’ve called us multiple times to perform repairs within a short period of time. Older units tend to break down more often and will eventually cost more than a replacement due to frequent repairs.
Whether you’re building a new construction home or replacing an existing water heater, you can rely on the licensed, courteous professionals at Intelligent Design to provide free estimates and upfront, flat-rate pricing. Call our office in Tucson at (520) 462-1187 to schedule your complimentary estimate for water heater installation.