While some things get better with age, water heaters aren’t among them. In fact, the average life expectancy for a new water heater is 10 to 15 years.

Here are things to consider when shopping for a new water heater:

• Being proactive pays. Replacing an aging water heater is an investment. When a water heater fails, it can leak and cause damage to your home and belongings. If you wait until your heater has completely given out, you may find yourself too hurried to comparison shop.



• Learn the different types of water heaters and compare costs. Two basic types include conventional storage heaters and tankless water heaters.

• Saving money in the long term. A newer, ENERGY STAR-rated water heater will consume less energy to heat water and reduce the amount you spend on utility bills. Energy-efficient options include solar powered, high-efficiency ENERGY STAR gas or electric storage heaters and tankless heaters.

• Tankless water heaters are more “doable” than ever before because they heat water only when you need it, rather than keeping it hot in a tank.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.