3 Things to Consider When It’s Time for a New Water Heater

All water heaters need to be replaced eventually. If you have a traditional tank model, its lifespan is approximately ten years before it forms a crack or leak that can’t be repaired. If it’s been over ten years since the last replacement, doing a bit of research ahead of time can help you pick your next model without picking the first option in the middle of an emergency. Keep these top three considerations in mind when you’re looking for your next tank-less water heater:

Long-term savings:

3 Things to Consider When It's Time for a New Water Heater

Tanks last for ten years, and tank-less water heaters last for approximately twenty years. That means you’re going to have the same efficiency standards and monthly energy price for a long time. Look for models that are rated for low energy costs. Tank-less models are usually the best option for lowering your monthly energy bill because they don’t have to maintain forty or fifty gallons of hot water at all times.

They are also less likely to develop cracks and leaks, which is why they last so much longer than traditional models. While they have a higher initial cost, they more than make up for that in terms of low energy usage and fewer replacements.


Water heater tanks take up a lot of space. Whether your home is designed to hold your heater in the garage or you have a closet for your heater and air conditioner in your home’s interior, that’s a lot of dead space you can’t use. Switching to a tank-less water heater, which can hang on the wall and uses only a small portion of the same space, gives you more options.

Capacity for long-term usage:

Nobody likes being the one hot water runs out on. Both tanks and tankless water heaters have trade-offs when it comes to capacity. Tanks can store forty or fifty gallons, but once that water is gone it takes a long time for more water to heat up and be ready to use. Tankless heaters, on the other hand, can only heat up so much water at once but they can do so for as long as you need.

Once you know which type of heater is right for you, contact us at East Texas Leak Locators. We can install your new water heater whether it’s tankless or traditional.

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