The Age of Your Water Heater will Help Determine When to Replace it With a Direct Vent Water Heater

While there is no exact rule for when to replace an old water heater with a new direct vent water heater, the age of your current water heater is often the most important factor you can take into consideration. Knowing when to buy a new water heater can not only help save you a lot of money through reduced energy costs, it can save you a lot of money that you may never recover if you buy a new water heater before you need one. So before you make that mistake, let’s look at a closer look at the reasons that may indicate a new water heater is the right choice for you.

The most important factor when making the decision to purchase a new heater is the age of your current water heater. How long have you owned it, or how long has it been in service? The answer to this question can be answered by examining the manufacturers data plate, where the serial number is located. Each manufacturer of water heaters typically uses the serial number to show the date that the unit was manufactured.

Unfortunately, this date scheme isn’t universal whereby every manufacturer would code them the same way. But even so, many of them use the first 4 numbers to signify the month and date. And while it’s beyond the scope of this post to provide the date scheme for every hot water heater ever produced, the information for each specific manufacturer should be easy to find by emailing the manufacturer, by visiting their website, or by searching online. Chances are someone has already figured it out for your particular heater.

Now that you know the age, it’s a fact that most water heaters have a service life of between 10-15 years. So if yours is approaching the end of it’s service life, you may want to replace it on your own before it’s a problem rather than waiting for an emergency where you need to replace it.

Not only is the risk of a leak higher with an older hot water heater, there is a very good chance that the efficiency of your current unit is much lower than it was when new, and in turn is costing you much more to heat your water.

Hard water buildup combined, aka scale, is the biggest cause of decreased efficiency, and increased costs for a water heater. If you suffer from abnormally hard water, there’s a chance that your current heater has a layer of scale buildup already. The reason scale is so bad is that it acts as insulation and therefore decreases efficiency due to decreased heat transfer.

So as you can see, the age of a hot water heater is the primary consideration for swapping out an old water heater for a new direct vent water heater. Swapping out an old and inefficient water heater can be a great way to save money in the long run, not to mention the peace of mind that you’ll attain with a new one.

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