Water Heater Replacement
Traditional water heaters have a 10- to 15-year lifespan. If you own a home, you’ll almost certainly need to replace at least one water heater at some point. We all rely on rapid and simple access to hot water in our homes, so it’s beneficial to choose a professional that can respond quickly when your water heater needs to be replaced. Earth Temp HVAC can help in the Illinois suburbs, frequently with same-day installation.
Choosing a Water Heater Replacement
It’s critical to understand your replacement options, whether you need a replacement right away or have time to think about it. What you’ll need to know is this:
- gas or electric powered
- current water heater
- capacity of a tank
These facts are usually found on the water heater’s label. If you’re unsure, Earth Temp HVAC can assist you. If you call us, we’ll either walk you through identifying your present configuration or send a specialist out to speak with you. You can look at possibilities once you know what you have already. The most important choices you’ll have to make are probably:
Amount of capacity
Is your present tank capable of providing enough hot water for your family? If that’s the case, you can probably keep the same capacity. Consider increasing the tank size if you frequently run out of hot water. If your family has shrunk, you might want to consider lowering the capacity of your tank to save energy; a smaller tank won’t use as much electricity to keep the water hot. Earth Temp HVAC can also assist you in determining the right size for your home.
Traditional vs. Tankless
Tankless water heaters are a relatively new technology offered to households; for more information, read the section below!
Installation by a professional vs. DIY
Many homeowners are confident in their ability to install a new water heater; nevertheless, there are definite advantages to hiring a professional. Our installation crew at Earth Temp HVAC includes a qualified installer. Our skilled installation will include a thorough draining of your present tank to protect your home and valuables, a secure connection to your power source, and any necessary venting. We’ll also remove and dispose of your old tank for you, saving you time and effort!
Storage (conventional) vs. tankless water heaters
A classic water heater, also known as a storage water heater, preheats and stores water in a big tank, which is then refilled and heated.
Tankless water heaters, also known as demand water heaters, do not store water and instead heat it as needed in the home. For some households, tankless water heaters are the best option.
The advantages are often obvious. Tankless heaters are much smaller than traditional heaters, freeing up a lot of space for other purposes. A tankless heater has a much longer lifespan, potentially exceeding 20 years (compared to 10 to 15 years for a traditional heater). It’s also more difficult to run out of hot water with on-demand capability. Despite the benefits, tankless water heaters in Illinois are generally not a sensible investment for homes due to the high upfront installation costs. A tankless heater’s original cost, as well as its installation, is frequently double that of a typical heater.
- Booster for appliances
- Bathroom remodels or home extensions where a tankless water heater can be installed on-site to supply water to one bathroom
- There is no cost to retrofit a typical water heater in new building.
- Families with fewer members who use less hot water on a daily basis. Demand (tankless) water heaters can be 24 percent–34 percent more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters,” according to energy.gov, saving you money up to $100 per month when daily hot water usage do not exceed 41 gallons. (For comparison, an ordinary American household of four may use 100 gallons of hot water every day!)
If you’re thinking about getting a tankless water heater, Earth Temp HVAC can give you with an estimate for both tank (conventional) and tankless (demand) water heaters.
What Should You Do If Your Water Heater Begins To Leak
First, shut off the tank’s water supply. If you can’t find the tank’s shutdown, you can cut off the water to your residence. The next step for homeowners is to schedule an appointment with Earth Temp HVAC. We can usually get all of the information we need about a new tank within our first phone call with you, and if time allows, we can even make an installation appointment for the same day!