Some appliances provide obvious services, such as the refrigerator or washing machine, but there are other, less notable appliances that work in the background to make civilized life at home a possibility. One of those appliances is the hot water heater. Tucked away out of sight and out of mind, water heaters tend to get neglected until they fail, but these units truly do deserve proper attention.
A household with two adults and one child uses about 60 gallons of hot water every day for bathing, laundry, and dishwashing, and that number goes up with more occupants in the household. Therefore, your hot water heater works super hard. Take a look at a few of the reasons your water heater deserves your attention on a regular basis.
1. It Is One of the Largest Energy Consumers
Most homeowners assume other major appliances utilize the most household energy, but the water heater is actually one of the biggest energy consumers overall. In fact, about 4 percent of the country's energy consumption as a whole can be attributed to heating water. It can cost you roughly $21.45 to heat 1,000 gallons of water with electricity, but that number can vary according to:
What type of water heater you have
How efficient your water heater is in general
The rates of electricity where you live
Nevertheless, because the water heater is a large energy consumer, it should be given regular and proper maintenance attention. If your water heater is not functioning properly, you could be spending far more than you should for the convenience of hot water.
2. It Does Not Have an Indefinite Lifespan
You can easily forget that an appliance will not last forever when you do not check on it regularly. Water heaters have different lifespans according to their design and manufacturer, but in general, you should expect a water heater to last about 8 to 12 years if it is a regular tank model. Tankless or on-demand models can last up to 20 years when properly maintained.
It is better to perform regular maintenance and catch problems early so you can plan for replacement when it becomes necessary. Otherwise, you could be left with a failed unit and no funds to have the water heater replaced, which can be a major inconvenience when you are accustomed to always having hot water.
3. It Is a Costly Home Appliance
Water heaters are not the most expensive home appliance, but they are quite the investment when you have to replace them. On average, homeowners pay $889 for a 40 or 50-gallon tank water heater replacement with the tank, and a tankless water heater costs and as much as $3,000, according to Home Advisor.
Also, unlike other appliances, you probably will not find many used water heaters out there for sale by homeowners unless the units have problems; most people use these units until they reach the end of their life cycle. Keeping a close eye on your water heater will protect your investment and prolong the life of the water heater you have so you can avoid replacement costs sooner than usual.
You need to keep your water heater in check, which means being a mindful homeowner who understands the importance of this appliance and appreciates how hard the unit works for your household.
At First Class Water Heaters, we service all types of water heaters. Reach out to us if you need help with your water heater or you are in need of an updated replacement for your home. We can discuss installation options and repairs to meet your needs.