How do you know when to replace your water heater?
Having a water heater is essential in our day-to-day lives. Not only does it provide us with hot water for baths and showers, but it also allows us to be able to wash our dishes and 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 not many warning signs. The best way to know if your heater is getting ready to fail is its age. The average water heater lasts anywhere from 9-12 years, so if your heater is nearing this time frame, it is important to have it changed out. This will prevent inconvenience and possible damage to your home, should your heater rupture.
What water heater is right for you?
When we change out your water heater, we recommend replacing it with Rheem’s Professional Classic water heater. These heaters are an upgraded version of the original Rheem Classic series, which are the longest-lasting heaters on the market. While the typical heater lasts around 9-12 years, Rheem’s Classic heaters tend to last 12-15 years. In fact, we have even encountered some that have lasted as long as 20 years! Based on this information, it is safe to say that the upgraded model, the Professional Classic series, will serve the needs of your household for 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 that supplies your water heater. The purpose of the thermal expansion tank is to capture any buildup of water pressure, which is caused by the initial heating of your water. This expansion tank is a code requirement for anyone who receives their water from the county. If your water source is a well, then you are not required to have one, though it is recommended in some scenarios. Because the thermal expansion tank is an integral part of your water heater system, we keep them in stock so that they are ready to be installed along with your new water heater.