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What Water Heater Is Right For Me?

There are few things more alarming than a cold shower when you’re expecting hot water. Most standard tank water heaters have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years, and tankless water heaters can last even longer than that. But if your home’s hot water source has reached its end of life, it’s time to determine what water heater is right for you.

When should I replace my water heater?

Depending on the quality of water going through your water heater, you can expect a shelf life of 8 to 15 years. But there are a number of tell-tale signs that might indicate it’s time to replace it. The most obvious sign is that you no longer have hot water. But rusty or cloudy water can also indicate a water heater that’s going out. Once the anode rod starts to go, this usually happens when the water heater is becoming compromised. Rumbling, popping and leaking at the base are additional signs that you should replace your water heater.

What are the main water heater types?

There are 5 primary types of water heaters. The two most common types are standard tank models and tankless water heater models. But for those that are interested in branching out, the water heater space has experienced some innovation in recent years. Solar powered water heaters are an option for some homes, as well as indirect water heaters that use the main furnace or boiler to heat water.

What features should I be looking for when considering a new water heater?

There are five features you should consider when investing in a new water heater for your home. What manufacturer’s warranty comes with your new purchase? Does the unit come with any anti-scale devices? Are the drain valves brass or plastic? Is the tank glass-lined to reduce the rate of corrosion? Does it come with a digital display (typically applies to tankless water heater units)?

Should I install my new water heater myself?

If you’re on a budget, you always have the option as a homeowner to install your new water heater yourself. However, a couple things to consider when choosing to hire a licensed plumber is that contractors will be able to assist with filing the correct permits. Licensed technicians are also keenly aware of the proper safety compliance codes and state laws and regulations. Service plumbers also back their work by an additional labor warranty and insurance.


Thanks for reading our in-house water heater replacement guide. If you’ve determined which type of water heater is right for you, give Hudson Plumbing a call today and we’ll make sure you have hot water tonight. Even if you still aren’t sure what type of water heater is right for your home, give us a ring anyway and we’ll help pinpoint the exact right unit. Our friendly and trusted team of preferred plumbers can be reached by phone at (765) 349-0900.


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