When it comes to the health of your water heater, Cleveland residents are advised to carefully consider whether to repair or replace their existing appliances. Since you rely on your water heater to deliver hot water for everything from laundry to taking showers, it’s a key component of your home’s proper functioning. But if you’re noticing that your water isn’t hot enough or if you’re hearing your water heater make unusual noises, you might be wondering if your appliance has reached the end of its’ life and needs replacing.
If your water heater is older than 13 years or if it’s damaged beyond repair, consider it an opportunity to purchase a more energy efficient appliance. Since a water heater is quite a hefty investment, spend some time researching the different types of water heaters and what kind of capacity they offer before making your final choice.
For example, if you purchase an ENERGY STAR qualified water heater, it will use 14 to 55% less energy than one that meets the minimum standard, depending on the type that you purchase. Moreover, if you choose a solar water heater, you can actually save up to 50 percent on your annual hot water costs!