You probably don't think about your water heater until a cold shower suggests you need a new one. How do you choose? Storage tanks cost less but tankless heaters save energy by only heating the water you draw. Hybrid electric/heat-pump models and solar water heaters are two newer options.
Before you shell out thousands for a tankless or solar model, see whether your old water heater can be fixed. A corroded storage-tank model is history. But a leaky drain or pressure-relief valve or a burned-out heating element can often be fixed. Rule of thumb: Consider a repair if the labor cost (which warranties often exclude) averages less than $50 per year over the years left in the warranty. Otherwise, buy a new one, especially if the warranty has run out.
Consumer Reports tests through winter snow and summer heat also show that what you save with solar and tankless systems can vary significantly based on which one you buy and where you live. They also tested an add-on heat pump that, because of high maintenance, costs far more than its low price suggests.
To be sure that you need a new water heater or that you get the best deal on a new one, the experts at AquaTech Plumbing are a phone call away. If you live in Naperville, Lisle, Plainfield, Aurora, Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles, Wheaton, Winfield, Warrenville, or Glen Ellyn, give AquaTech Plumbing a call today about your water heater or any other plumbing need at 630-416-3555, 630-898-3444, 630-377-9555, or 630-462-3555.