Welcome to 2018! Everyone at ABW Halton ClimateCare wishes you all the best for the upcoming year.
Winter’s been tough in Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Brampton, Mississauga, and surrounding areas.
That means your water heater is working overtime to deliver hot water whenever you need it.
As reliable as your water heater has been over the years, it might be reaching the end of its lifespan.
Is home improvement on your New Year’s Resolution list?
If so, here’s why getting a new water heater should be on your list.
Reason #1: You’re worried about its reliability
Have you noticed your hot water isn’t as hot as it should be?
Or that the water pressure feels weak or inconsistent?
Those are tell-tale signs that the current hot water solution you have in your home is starting to wear out.
If your water heater is exhibiting any of these signs, it may be time to replace it with a brand new model (or at the very least, consider scheduling water heater maintenance):
Sign: No hot water
Your water heater is pretty useless if it doesn’t provide hot water due to things like:
- Dip tube corrosion: This is the pipe which sends cold water to the bottom end of the tank to get heated.
- Gas valve overload: This is a potential safety hazard. The element which sends gas to the pilot light and main burner.
- Electrical component malfunction: The elements (usually a coil) which use electrical resistance to heat your water.
Sign: You notice leaks
A solid sign your water heater is at the end of its lifespan due to problems in the following areas:
- Sidewall seam: To fix this, the sidewall seam must be removed, any damage inside the water heater must be repaired, and a replacement seam must be built from scratch.
- Welded joints: The weakest part of your water heater will begin to leak due to regular use and wear-and-tear.
- Rusted threads: Constant exposure to hot and cold water will cause the threads to corrode and/or rust.
Sign: Unlit gas pilot
Without a reliable gas pilot light, the water inside your tank won’t heat up due to:
- Thermocouple failure: This happens if the thermocouple is in the right place (1/2” inside the pilot flame) and the pilot still goes out.
- Malfunctioning electromagnet: If you replace the thermocouple outright and the pilot keeps extinguishing, the electromagnet (and by extension, the gas valve) needs replacing.
Reason #2: You’re tired of monthly rental payments
Two questions for you to answer:
- Question 1: Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to save money?
- Question 2: Do you know how much rent you’ve paid towards your water heater?
Outright ownership of your water heater offers money-saving and home-improvement advantages which you can’t get from a rental company:
- Total possession of all equipment
- No change to your monthly payments
- Full warranty protection
- Open contract
- Included WeCare Maintenance/Protection Plans based on your choosing
- Easy contract transfers should you sell your home and move
By choosing to own your water heater, you’ll know how much your monthly payments will be (with no chance of sudden increases).
That’ll help with your household budget (if you plan to save more money in 2018).
Better still, once it’s paid in full, it’s yours. And you still get the benefit of water heater maintenance from ABW Halton ClimateCare.
Reason #3: You’re thinking of going tankless
- Because there’s no tank, the issues listed earlier in this blog aren’t applicable.
- Tankless units heat water on-demand. That means no wasted energy (or money) is spent readying and storing hot water which won’t get used (i.e. when you’re at work, sleeping, etc.).
- Conventional water heaters are large, bulky, and take up space. A tankless water heater is wall-mounted and doesn’t require much room.
Most importantly, tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than their traditional counterparts.
On average, a tankless water heater is 20% – 50% more efficient than storage tank units (which easily puts $100 or more back where it belongs: in your pocket).
Interested in a new water heater? Let’s talk
The last thing you want to discover is that your water heater no longer works the moment you need it most.
So whether it’s suffering from regular usage or it’s just plain old, it’s much better to upgrade your water heater sooner rather than later.
Whatever you do, we’ll get back to you ASAP with the answers and info you need.