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3 Key Benefits of Getting a New Water Heater

The start of a new year is the perfect time to do away with the old and usher in the new - whether it’s replacing bad habits with healthy ones, cleaning out the garage or basement to make room for a workspace, or upgrading a few fixtures and appliances around the house. And when it comes to making such improvements, there’s no better way to start than by replacing that clunky old water heater.

Installing a new water heater may not seem like the most profound or exciting change. Still, it can significantly impact everything from utility costs to overall comfort and convenience. This article will outline three ways homeowners can benefit from a new water heater - not just this year but for many years to come!

Better Energy Efficiency (and Lower Utility Costs)

The first benefit of a water heater upgrade is that it can save homeowners money on their energy bills. The water heater accounts for around 20% of household energy usage in a typical home - more than the fridge, dishwasher, and laundry machines combined! 

To make matters worse, older water heaters tend to be inefficient compared to newer models. This is partly because technology is constantly improving to make water heaters more efficient and partly because water heaters lose efficiency over time as they succumb to normal wear and tear. For these reasons, getting rid of that old, outdated unit in favor of a new high-efficiency water heater can save homeowners hundreds of dollars per year on water heating costs. 

Improved Hot Water Recovery Rate shower

As newer water heaters offer greater energy efficiency, they also tend to have better water recovery ratings. The hot water recovery rate measures how much hot water the unit can produce in a given timeframe after depleting the tank. This is typically expressed in gallons per hour (GPH).

In homes that have older water heaters with low recovery rates, it’s common for people to be left with lukewarm or cold water for a while after someone has taken a shower or hand-washed a sink full of dishes. With a new water heater with a higher recovery rate, there will be plenty of hot water to go around - which means no more fighting over who gets to shower first!

More Compact Unit = More Space

savings In addition to improved performance and efficiency, today’s water heaters tend to be less bulky than older models. Of course, this depends on the size of the tank. Still, with the faster recovery rates of newer water heaters, homeowners may be able to upgrade to a unit with a smaller tank - without having to worry about running out of hot water.

For an even more compact option, homeowners can switch to a tankless water heater. These rapidly heat water as needed, so they’re highly efficient and have a much smaller design than traditional water heaters. Most tankless water heaters are not much bigger than a home’s main electrical panel and can be mounted on a wall in a discreet location. 

Whether they choose a traditional or a tankless unit, upgrading to a smaller water heater can free up extra storage space, whether installed in a basement, garage, or utility closet. This can be particularly helpful in smaller homes where space is tight. Of course, homeowners will want to ensure their new water heater is correctly sized for their household’s needs, so they would ask their trusted local plumber about a water heater replacement!

About All Purpose Plumbing

The family-owned and operated All Purpose Plumbing has been the go-to plumber in Tacoma for years. Their licensed, drug-tested, and background-checked technicians are always punctual, courteous, and efficient, so homeowners can return to their routine quickly and without hassle. As a top-rated, award-winning local business, All Purpose is proud to offer up-front pricing, 24-hour emergency service, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee on every job. Call them today for a water heater replacement in Tacoma, WA!