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Replacing a Residential Water Heater? Here’s How to Determine the Best One

Don’t Wait For a Complete Failure

Most people wait for their existing water heater to fail completely before they replace it with a new water heater simply because they are unaware of the signs of a gradually failing water heater. It is crucial that you know when your water heater is on its last leg to avoid damage and disruption. Be alert for these four indicators that clearly convey that your existing water heater is about to fail:

  • Rusty water
  • Rumbling sound
  • The heater has sprung a leak
  • Hot showers are not hot anymore

If you discover any of these signs, start exploring your options to identify a heater that best suits your needs.




What is The Average Lifespan of Residential Water Heaters?

The service life of any well-maintained residential water heater ranges from 8 to 10 years depending on the quality of water and the design of the unit. If your water heater is older than a decade, has a leaky base and does not heat water as efficiently as before, it is probably time to install a new water heater.



Know What Resides in Your Water Heater

A water heater over 10 years old  can have buildup of sediment caused by city water  quality and a deteriorating anode rod inside the water heater. When this happens, the water coming into your home can be contaminated, discolored, and affect the overall cleanliness and taste.


Replace or Repair?

If you water heater is not working efficiently, you can have it repaired and extend its service life with regular maintenance depending on your make and the quality of installation. If a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse is not the cause of your water heater’s failure, you can have it checked for the following:

  • The power is connected
  • Sediments are removed
  • The heating element is functional
  • Pilot light is properly lit
  • The gas burner is clean
  • There are not hissing noises
  • The fittings are tight
  • The pressure-relief valve is not leaking

However, if your water heater has surpassed the life expectancy suggested by the manufacturer, it is time to replace your unit.


Points to Consider When a Replacement Becomes Necessary

When replacing your existing unit consider upgrading to an energy-efficient unit. Check the following factors to ensure that you make the right choice:

  • A heating capacity of at least 40 gallons
  • The number of gallons your heater can heat in one hour
  • The height and width of the heater to ensure that it fits the space you have
  • Check the energy-efficiency ratings of the unit you plan to purchase

The label on either side of your existing unit will reveal important information like the tank capacity, model, installation guidelines, serial number, wattage capacity, working pressure, and voltage. This information will serve as a guideline when searching for a similar unit or an upgraded version.


Common Water Heater Problems and Possible Solutions

  • Having to wait for hot water when taking a shower or using fixtures
  • Temperature problems
  • Not enough hot water
  • Noises in Tank
  • Sediment buildup
  • Slow recovery time
  • Black or rust-colored water
  • Tank is showing signs of leaking

If you are replacing your existing unit, consider a tankless water heater or a recirculating pump to avoid the above-mentioned issues.


7 Amazingly Easy Tips to Keep the Water Heater Running Efficiently

  1. Lower the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid overheating
  2. Schedule an annual inspection to check for leaks and rust streaks
  3. Replace the anode rod every three years
  4. If sediments have accumulated in the tank, drain it till the water runs clear
  5. Soak the heating element and other components in white vinegar for an hour and scrape the scaling
  6. Replace the pressure-relief valve if it is leaking and tighten any loose fittings
  7. Drain the heater at least twice a year to prevent corrosion


Safety Precautions for Residential Water Heaters

  • Ensure that you maintain a clearance area of at least 2 feet unless the instruction manual states otherwise
  • If you are converting from a gas unit to an electric unit, don’t attempt any DIY repair and maintenance, hire a professional
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors if your unit is powered by gas


Reasons to Rely on Service Champions When Selecting a New Water Heater

When you purchase a water heater from Service Champions, you can be sure of:

  • Strict adherence to all safety regulations
  • Timely replacement of gas safety valve
  • Installation of earthquake safety straps for complete protection during natural calamities
  • Safe installation of both cold and hot water supply lines
  • Testing of water pressure, shut-off valve, and water delivery rate
  • Installation of safety ground for protection against fire hazards
  • Disposal of the existing water heater

Every Service Champions’ water heater comes with a “No-Change-Order Guarantee” which ensures a single, upfront price. There is zero difference in the estimate you receive and the price you pay.

Risk Free Guarantees

If you are not 100% satisfied with the service we have provided we will refund all of your money. If our technicians smoke or swear in your home; are not drug-free; do not wear medical shoe covers or leave your home without cleaning up, you do not pay for the service.


We guarantee the parts we replace on your equipment are fixed right. Any parts we replace come with a 2 year parts & labor warranty. If you are an MVP Member when we replace a part & stay on the program continuously, that part comes with a lifetime parts & labor warranty.


We guarantee that all the equipment we have installed will perform as we have stated. If during the first two years the system does not heat or cool your home to your satisfaction, we will remove it and return 100% of your investment.

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