How do you know when to replace your Water Heater?
A water heater is essential in our day to day lives. It provides us with hot showers as well as baths. We use it to wash our dishes and even our clothes. No one enjoys being without hot water when they need it.
But how do you know when your water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan? Typically, there are no warning signs. The only clue to know if the heater is getting ready to go is its age. The average water heater last anywhere from 9-12 years. If you believe your heater may be nearing this time frame, it is a good idea to have it changed out before it ruptures and causes unnecessary damage.
Rheem Water Heaters
When we change out your water heater, we recommend replacing it with a Rheem heater. A Rheem water heater is the longest lasting heater. The average lifespan of a Rheem heater is 12-15 years. In fact, some Rheem heaters have been known to last up to 20 years before rupturing! By hiring us to put in a Rheem water heater, you can rest assured that your new heater will last you for many, many years to come
What is a Thermal Expansion Tank and how do I know if I need one?
A thermal expansion tank is a small secondary tank that is piped into the incoming cold water line before the water heater. This expansion tank is a code requirement for anyone who receives their water from the county. If your water source is a well, you do not need one.
The purpose of the thermal expansion tank is to capture any buildup of water pressure. When your water heater heats the water, it causes a rise of pressure in the water system. It used to be that the pressure would travel back through the pipes, past the water meter, and into the main water system under the road. The pressure would then safely dissipate.
Today however, meter boxes have built in check valves which prevent water from flowing back into the main water system. As a result, any build up in pressure the water heater creates has no place to go. This is why, if your water comes from the county, we will always install a brand new thermal expansion tank when we install your new water heater.