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Is Your Water Heater Ready to Retire?

Water heater maintenance and upgrade tips for your Eastern Massachusetts home.

water heaters Sherborn, MA There are plenty of systems and appliances in your home that you can live without. If your microwave breaks, you won’t be too inconvenienced for a few days while you look for a replacement. Even a major piece of equipment like a furnace or air conditioning unit can be replaced in the off-season without too much disruption.

Water heaters are another issue altogether. If your water heater breaks down, you and your family will be enduring cold showers until we can secure new equipment for you. It’s a genuine pain, and it limits your choices for a more efficient, high-performance water heater.

Are you maintaining your water heater?

When a traditional storage tank water heater fails suddenly, it’s often the result of long-term internal corrosion. Corrosive particles in water can eat away at your tank. For this reason, manufacturers generally put an anode rod in your tank to attract these particles. But the rod will eventually stop working, and your tank lining will suffer.

You can help your storage tank water heater perform efficiently and last longer by flushing sediment out of the tank annually. You can do this process yourself. Generally speaking, it involves these steps:

  • Turn off the burner and close the cold water intake valve.
  • Attach a hose to the unit’s drain valve and run it outside or to a utility sink or drain.
  • Drain the tank, then flush it with more water from the intake valve.
  • Close the drain valve, refill the tank and turn the burner back on.

These are general instructions. For specific guidance on flushing your water heater, consult your owner’s manual or talk to a Needham Oil team member.

Is it time to replace your water heater?

The average traditional storage tank water heater lasts 8 to 12 years. Tankless systems can last up to 20 years. It’s always a good idea to think about replacing your water heater if it’s over 10 years old.

Here are some signs that your water heater could fail:

  • Strange noises
  • Water pooling at the base of the unit
  • Brown, rusty water from the tap
  • Unexplained increases in energy bills

Reach out to us right away if you notice any of these issues.

Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling can help!

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average home uses almost 20% of its energy heating water. Upgrading to a newer or more efficient hot water system can make a serious dent in your energy spending. And there are technologically advanced products that can ensure your hot water taps never run cold. Here are some options you can install:

  • Tankless Water Heaters — These compact systems only heat water when you need it. When properly sized, they can generate virtually unlimited hot water on demand. The DOE has found that these systems can be up to 34% more efficient than traditional units.
  • Indirect-Fired Water Heaters — These systems use heat from your boiler to warm up water. When paired with a high-efficiency boiler, they generate hot water for less than almost any other method.
  • Hybrid Water Heaters — This type of water heater uses heat pump technology to warm up water. This is an efficient process during regular conditions. When hot water use rises, the system switches to standard electric resistance heat.

Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling helps households in Sherborn and throughout Middlesex and Norfolk Counties get the best hot water generation for the lowest operating costs. Contact us today for a free estimate on a new water heater.