You are happily dozing away when the alarm clock goes off. It’s time for work. You don’t feel like getting up, but thoughts of a cup of coffee and a warm shower are just enough to motivate you to get up. You groggily step into the shower only to be unpleasantly jolted by a stream of cold water! You are wide awake now, and you realize (and everybody else in the house realizes it too) that it’s time for a new water heater.
The cold shower may not be enjoyable, but it usually takes one such shower before you replace your water heater. However, even if your current heater seems to be working fine, it could still be a good idea to have it replaced. See, the cold shower is one thing, but an inefficient heater makes your energy bills higher month after month and year after year.
Heating water for the home is one of the biggest uses of energy in the home. How much money you save will depend on how old your unit is, the energy rating, and what your utility rates are. While it may vary, you could save $100 or more every year and that adds up!
Leaks, funny noises, and odd smells can all be signs that your water heater is on the verge of going kaput. These things can be signs of bigger problems, so it’s best to at least get a qualified plumber to come out and take a look. One person I know smelled burning rubber and couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. After a brief inspection, it was discovered that two wires in the water heater had shorted out. They had a new water heater the same day. There’s no telling what could have happened had that not been discovered and fixed right away.
If it is time to get a new water heater, then it’s a good idea to have it installed professionally. A plumber will be able to do the job well, and can also tell if there are other issues that need to be addressed. This isn’t the kind of thing that should be put off until some vague future date. So, whether you want to take hot showers, pay lower utility bills, or just need an upgrade, get in touch with a plumber to see what they can do for you. With a professional involved, you’ll get the results you want.