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Water Heater Replacements for Your Home

Embrace efficiency and enjoy longer, hotter showers, too.

water heaters Middlesex County, MA When you’ve kept families comfortable for over 150 years — yes, you read that right — you know the value of dependable, efficient heating, cooling and hot water equipment. These are just about the most important items in any Middlesex or Norfolk County household. They also represent a significant investment for homeowners. After all, boilers, furnaces, central A/C and water heaters can be pricy to replace — and they use quite a bit of home energy, too.

Water heating comprises nearly one-fifth of the average U.S. home’s energy usage. The team at Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling is here to help you keep your water heater in good working order and replace it when the time comes.

Knowing When to Replace a Water Heater

A traditional storage-tank water heater generally lasts between 8 to 12 years before needing to be retired. If your unit is over a decade old, it’s probably a good idea to consider your next replacement.

One of the most common causes of water heater failures is internal corrosion caused by continuous exposure to particles in water. While it’s not always easy to recognize the signs of an impending water heater breakdown, there are some you can look for, including the following:

  • Clanging or rumbling sounds coming from your water heater
  • Rusty water from your hot water taps
  • Leaking water around your tank
  • Difficulty flushing your water heater tank because of excessive sediment

We cannot stress enough how important it is to reach out to us right away if you’re noticing any of these warning signs. Waiting until your current water heater breaks down puts you in an unpleasant situation. You’ll be without hot showers or a functional washer and dishwasher until we secure your replacement system. It’s much better to be proactive and reach out to us before your unit fails.

Here are some of your options for replacing your water heater.

Traditional Storage Tank Water Heater

These are the units you likely think of when we talk about water heaters. They have a large storage tank of water that is heated (and reheated) for distribution when needed by a fixture or appliance. Traditional water heaters have a strong track record, and they tend to be among the least expensive options on the market. But they are also less efficient than other options.

Tankless Water Heater

These electric or gas-powered units are incredibly compact — typically the size of a suitcase — and generate infinite hot water only when needed. Also called on-demand water heaters, they can save you a lot of money by eliminating “standby losses,” the energy expended to reheat unused water in a tank. They also have a longer lifespan than traditional storage tank models.

Indirect-Fired Water Heater

If you have a high-efficiency boiler in your home, then an indirect-fired water heater could provide some of the least expensive, most efficient hot water available. These systems use a coil heated by your boiler’s water to warm up water for your home.

Hybrid Water Heater

These electric water heaters use heat pump technology to warm up water most times of the day, but they switch over to standard electric resistance heat during times of high hot water demand. A control panel allows you to customize settings. All told, hybrid systems are among the most efficient products on the market.

Want to explore your water heater options? Get a free estimate from Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling!