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Water Heater Leaking? Consider these tips before replacement.

So you are going about your normal life at home, business as usual; possibly cleaning, organizing, or putting something away near your water heater when you see the unmistakable sign of water pooling beneath the system. Oh, <insert your choice of expletive here>!

Replacing a water heater is a significant expense to the average homeowner. Added to that duress, most people have never even given any consideration to their hot water system and are often caught by complete surprise when a problem with the system occurs. Because hot water is such a vital component to most people’s lifestyles, the window of time in which a failed water heater is replaced with a new one is often very narrow. Therefore, it is advantageous to utilize that time to define what you expect to be your specific hot water needs for the next 8 -12 years (the typical life span of a properly installed hot water heater system) and then identify the kinds of hot water systems available to you that will sufficiently fulfill your needs over that period.

Want to Replace Your System with a Tankless Water Heater?

Not a bad idea. The system will use considerably less energy than a standard tank since hot water is generated “on demand” (when a faucet is turned on) and little, if any, heated and stored. Sized properly, tankless water heaters can provide your home with an endless supply of hot water.

But expect a considerable upfront investment. Tankless water heater systems typically cost between two to four types more than a standard 4o gallon atmospheric vent water heater. On top of that, extra expense is often incurred to re-position your existing water and gas lines to accommodate the new system. Proper ventilation of a tankless water heater is also extremely important and, in some homes, it is necessary to install the tankless water heater in a different area of the residence to ensure proper venting.

By following a regular manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule, a typical tankless water heater installation can expect to perform for about 20 years.

Want to Stick With the Same Old Kind of Hot Water Heater  Tank That You Already Have?

That’s fine, but recent changes in water heater design, influenced by federal regulations that went into effect in early 2015 has resulted in the production of hot water heaters that are bigger in size than their predecessors, with thicker insulation to promote better energy efficiency. So, expect your new system to be one or two inches wider than the water heater you already have.

Thoughtfully consider what your future hot water needs are going to be before you commit to a water heater purchase. A 40 gallon water heater might seem suitable for a family with two or three young children, but as the kids get older their changing lifestyles may dramatically increase hot water demand. Spending a little extra money to install a 50 gallon water heater may therefore prove to have been a wiser choice.

Water heater replacement is an expensive investment. Don’t cut corners. Choose a professional installer; properly licensed, bonded, and insured to handle the job. A proper installation will go a long way towards maximizing the life expectancy of your new hot water heater system.


Titan Plumbing proudly serves Elgin, St Charles, Wheaton, Naperville, and Aurora Illinois along with their surrounding communities. For help with your hot water heater replacement or repair, give us a call at (630) 907-9655. Visit www.bringthetitan.com for more information.