If you are thinking of upgrading your water heater, you should first understand the meaning of an upgrade. An upgraded water heater should give you substantial benefits over the previous system. Below are some of the things that constitute a substantial water heater upgrade.
More Hot Water
Replace your current water heater if it doesn't supply you with adequate hot water. You might be suffering inadequate hot water because you did not size your water heater properly during installation. A growth in your household size can also lead to the same problem. Alternatively, maybe your water heater is old and inefficient.
Ensure you size the new system properly to have adequate hot water at all times. Consider all relevant factors such as:
- The size of your household
- Number of hot water appliances
- The projected growth of household and appliances
- Water usage habits
A plumber can help you properly size your water heater.
A more energy-efficient water heater is also an upgrade over an inefficient one. The accumulation of wear and tear eventually leads to energy inefficiency. Energy efficiency also varies by make and model, as well as fuel type.
Water heater efficiency is the percentage of energy consumed the system actually uses for heating water. Note that the Federal Government has mandatory minimum energy efficiency for each type of water heater. However, there is no harm in exceeding the government-mandated minimums. At the very least, aim for ENERGY STAR® since the rating indicates a good level of energy efficiency.
You should also upgrade your water heater if it keeps breaking down all the time. Common causes of constant breakdowns include:
- Accumulation of mineral deposits
- High water pressure or temperatures
You can deal with minor problems via repair and timely service. Major problems that require costly interventions call for a replacement of the system.
Lastly, you may also upgrade your water heater to free up space for other uses. Say your home's square footage is wanting and your water heater system includes a storage tank. You can free up useful square footage by installing a tankless water heater.
Consult a plumber for an analysis of your hot water usage before settling on a specific system. Water heaters are durable — a tankless water heater can last even two decades. As such, you should not regret your installation because you will be with it for a long time.