Older water heaters and many lower-priced models are known to waste about 20 percent of the energy they consume. Much of the heat these types of heaters produce is either lost because it sits unused for many hours or it escapes and seeps through the walls of the hot water tank.
The average lifetime of a water heating tank is 10 years. Homeowners can increase the life of their water heaters by lowering the temperature to a more reasonable setting, by periodically flushing sediment from the bottom of the tank, and by replacing the anode rod.
If your water tank heater is more than ten years old and has not been maintained, it may be approaching the end of its useful life. If it’s leaking or showing signs of rust, it definitely needs to be replaced. Start thinking of replacement options – don’t wait for the water heater to stop working before you make the decision to change it.
Here is a list of obvious signs that it is time to bring in a newer and more efficient water tank model:
– The unit does not provide the same temperature or duration of hot water as it used to
– Pieces of white plastic are found in your aerators
– When you open the drain valve, water is not released
– There is little or no pressure on the hot side of the water tank
– You are finding rust or sediment visible in your water supply
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