When you keep getting cold water when you want hot…there’s a problem. Water heaters can last years – 7-10 is your typical span – without any major issues. No hot water is definitely a big red flag, but not the only one. If you notice leaks, hear a noise, or just know that it’s time to start thinking about a new model, call L.D. Smith Plumbing.
We keep different brands of water heaters in stock and offer tankless and storage tank types based on your needs. Here are a few things to consider when buying a new water heater:
- Size – Consider the size of your current water heater. Is it meeting your needs? Do you need a larger or smaller size?
- Type (tankless or storage tank) – Once you know the size you need, determine if you want a storage tank type or tankless water heater. If you have gas in your home, would it make sense to go tankless if you have a larger water demand? According to studies, gas-fired tankless water heaters are big energy savers. Our licensed plumbers can provide more information about the best option for your home.
- Equipment – Be sure your new water heater will have the proper equipment to protect it. Check the water pressure and consider having a thermal expansion tank or pressure reducing valve (PRV) installed to protect your new equipment from potential damage that may be caused by excessive water pressure or a thermal expansion condition.
- Cost – Typically, storage tank-type water heaters cost $1,300-$1,500 on average. Typical tankless installation ranges from $3,500-$4,500, but that extra amount can quickly be recouped in energy savings.
Wondering if you need to repair your water heater, or shopping early for a replacement? Contact L.D. Smith Plumbing.