If you aren't sure whether or not to replace your old water heater, it can help to know the benefits of upgrading. Keep the following in mind as you make a decision about a new water heater installation.
1. Better Efficiency
A huge reason to install a new water heater is that new models tend to come with a much higher efficiency rating compared to the old models that are reaching the end of their useful lifespan. You can compare efficiency ratings across models by checking the Energy Star rating labels, which will provide a guideline on average energy costs for the unit. Better efficiency isn't just good for the environment since it will also save you money.
2. Improved Supply
If you are tired of running out of hot water, then installing a new unit is a chance to increase your hot water availability. You can opt for multiple point-of-use in-demand units, which provide hot water on demand. Or, you can increase the size of your tank or choose a tank with a quicker refill and reheating rate to better handle the demand for hot water in the home.
3. Increased Safety
Safety is always a concern, and new water heaters come with a variety of safety devices. Where an older tank may have only featured a pressure relieve valve, which could still cause burns and damage if triggered, new heaters have a pressure relief tank that fully prevents the chances of damage and injury. There are also better safety shutoffs on newer units that will help prevent overheating or gas leaks.
4. Fewer Leak Concerns
Even small leaks can lead to a lot of damage when you consider how much water a heater tank can hold. Your installer can put in larger drain pans, along with pans that integrated drain systems to route water away in the event of a leak. Further, a newer tank is less likely to have internal corrosion, a major cause of leaks on older water heater tanks.
5. Space Saving Options
If space is a concern, you can rip out your old tank water heater and upgrade to in-demand models. These water heaters can be placed in the back of a closet or under a sink and vented to the outdoors, so they don't require nearly as much space as a full-size tank-style water heater that needs a dedicated closet and sufficient ventilation.
Contact a water heater installation service to learn more about all of the options that are available.