Did you know that upcoming changes in regulation might make 2014 the year that it makes the most sense for you to replace your water heater? Today we’re going to talk about how these changes could affect you and some of the best benefits of getting a water heater replacement in your Bay Area home!

Why is 2014 a good year to have a water heater replacement?

New regulations are coming in 2015 that will restrict the options you have for a new water heater. In particular, any system over 55 gallons will require electricity in order to operate an electronic ignition and flue dampers, which will raise the cost of purchasing and operating a new system.

In addition, new water heaters will soon be made larger in order to make room for increased interior insulation. If space constraints are currently an issue in the place that you store your water heater (such as in a utility closet), a larger unit might not fit in your existing location.

How can you benefit from a water heater replacement in your Bay Area home?

  • Reduce your water heating bills. If you have a gas water heater that’s over 10 years old and has never been drained and flushed, it will likely have a large buildup of sediment at the bottom of its tank. This dramatically reduces your unit’s performance and efficiency because it forces your water heater’s flame to heat through the sediment in order to heat your water. A new water heater will reduce your water heating bills because it will operate much more efficiently than your older system.
  • Avoid costly repairs. In some cases, the cost of repairing a water heater can be equivalent to 50% or more of the cost of installing a new unit. If that’s the case, your money would be better spent on a water heater replacement instead of paying to fix an older unit that is likely to need more costly repairs in the future.
  • Have a better-performing unit. Are you constantly running out of hot water when you need it most? If your water heater is old or improperly sized for your home, you’re likely not getting the performance levels that you would from a new unit. A new and properly-sized storage tank water heater will provide your home with the right amount of hot water for you and your family even during the hours of peak demand. You might also want to consider a new tankless system, which will provide an endless supply of hot water to your home.

If you have any questions about a water heater replacement, or if you’d like a plumbing system serviced or installed in your home, contact Cabrillo, your Bay Area plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractor.