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Purchasing A New Water Heater? You NEED To Know This First.

If you are in a position to replace your home’s water heater, there are two standard options: traditional tank water heaters or tankless water heaters. Fortunately, our Peter Levi team offers both! We have provided the advantages and disadvantages below to each system so you can make the proper decision that best suits your home and its needs. Continue reading so you can decide on whether a tankless or tank system is right for your home!

Energy-Efficiency 

Although a tankless water heater is a larger investment upfront, the efficiency of the system will save you money in the long run. This is due to the fact that tankless systems only heat water when you need it, unlike a traditional system, which will heat water all day long, even when you are not in need of hot water.  For homes that use 41 gallons or less of water a day, a tankless system can save you 24-34% on utility bills according to energy.gov!  

Lifespans

Tankless water heaters may be more expensive, but their lifespans are twice as long as a traditional water heater. A tankless system can last 20-30 years compared to 8-12 years. This means that in the time it takes to replace TWO tank water heaters, you will still have the efficient tankless water heater you originally purchased. This makes the larger investment not a concerning factor considering you could be paying the cost of TWO tank systems in the same timeframe. 

Endless Hot Water 

Tankless water heaters have an endless supply of hot water and put an end to the possibility of cold showers in your future. However, this is dependent on the flow rate which sits at about 2-5 gallons per minute. If you plan to run your dishwasher, washing machine, and take a hot shower all at the same time, it may exceed the flow rate. On the other hand, traditional water heaters have a water reserve meaning they can only provide you with the water currently heated in their tank. If you use up all the hot water in a matter of minutes, you may be left with a cold shower until the tank heats up again, which could take anywhere from 10-20 minutes. 

Whether you’re in the market for a traditional tank water heater or a modern, efficient tankless water heater, our Peter Levi will TAKE CARE OF IT! Call our team today for more information on what system may be right for your home at (833) 209-3582.


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Do I Need To Replace My Water Heater?

Hot water is essential to the everyday function of modern households. We rely on hot water to bathe, cook, wash clothing, and clean dishes. Over time, you may notice your water heater not functioning as well as it should. Even top-of-the-line systems have a lifespan of around a decade! Although you can prolong your system’s lifespan with preventative maintenance, the time will come for a replacement. Our Peter Levi team has listed the five most common signs it’s time to replace your water heater. Continue reading to learn what they are!

Water Isn’t Heating

This one may be self-explanatory, but if your system is failing to heat water, there may be an underlying issue. Fortunately, there are three associated problems with why your system may not be producing hot water: a misadjusted thermostat, a broken heating element, or a tank that is too small for your house. The first two issues are easy to rectify and don’t qualify for an entirely new system. However, if your system’s tank is too small for your home, then it may be time to reconsider a larger tank size to fulfill the demands of your house.

Older Age

Nothing lasts forever, and that holds true for home systems. Throughout a homeowner’s occupancy, they are bound to face some turbulence with one system or another. Most water heaters have a lifespan of around 8-10 years. The easiest way to learn your system’s age is by looking at the serial number and researching! The letter at the start of the serial number correlates to the month your system was manufactured. For example, if your serial number begins with ‘D’, ‘G’, or ‘I’ those are the fourth, seventh, and ninth months in the year. The two numbers directly after are the last two digits of the year your system was manufactured.

For example, D086462394 was manufactured in April of 2008.

Tank Is Leaking 

If you begin to notice leaking around the bottom of your water heater, your system is likely to be near the end of its life expectancy. Unfortunately, leaks from a water heater can result in significant damage if left unaddressed. If there are no issues with your system’s fittings, then you most certainly have an issue with the tank itself and you will have to replace your system.

Rusty Water Coming From Faucets

The water in your home should only be clear. If you begin to notice rusty water coming from your plumbing fixtures, then you most likely have a rusty water heater. Rust in an aging water heater is inevitable. However, it can be difficult to determine if the rust is coming from your water heater or the pipes that lead to your faucets. If you spot rust along the water inlet or pressure relief valve, then it is most likely occurring inside your tank. Once rust occurs on the inside of your water heater the only choice is to replace your system. 

Noisey Tank

Another sign of an aging system is noise when you use warm water. Noise coming from your water heater is typically caused by sediment build-up. Sediment build-up is the result of long-term use and results in sediment forming and hardening along the floor of the tank. However, flushing your tank can relieve your system of build-up and allow it to work more efficiently. 

If you notice one or more of these signs it may be time to replace your home’s systems. Give our Peter Levi team a call dat (833) 209-3582 and we’ll TAKE CARE OF IT!