Water heaters use a lot of energy. In fact, they are the second-largest energy user in the home, and as they age they become less efficient, requiring even more energy.
The average water heater needs to be replaced every 10 to 12 years. To find out if it's time to replace yours, take the new quiz at KnowYourWaterHeater.com. The quiz uses five questions to help homeowners decide if and when they should pull the plug on their current water heater.
When it comes to water heaters, it can pay to be proactive. Waiting until your water heater fails will cost you money. By simply switching to a new energy-efficient model or a new energy source, you could save hundreds of dollars each year.
For those looking to purchase a new water heater, use the following advice as a guide.
Know your regulations and installation considerations before you install. In April of 2015, the federal National Appliance Energy Conservation Act standards went into effect, which increased minimum energy efficiency requirements for water heaters in the home. That means manufacturers are required to make more energy-efficient models, which saves you money on your utility bills.
However, standards also mean tank sizes are increasing, particularly for electric water heaters. Standard efficiency tanks for electric storage water heaters are now wider, taller, and heavier, so they might not fit in the same space.
Tankless water heaters can easily address the space issue, and while they are more expensive to purchase, they have a much higher lifespan – they can last 5 to 10 years longer than storage water heaters.
Energy source matters, too. Propane-powered high-efficiency storage tank and tankless models deliver lower annual ownership costs than electric or heating oil models in most parts of the country.
Propane water heaters are better able to overcome the challenges caused by new federal regulations for water heaters. And you may qualify for tax credits, rebates or grants being offered for propane-powered water heaters.
Take the water heating quiz at KnowYourWaterHeater.com to calculate when you should pull the plug on your current water heater. The website also includes information on new NAECA standards and the benefits of propane-powered water heaters.