Fountain Valley, CA (PRWEB) September 18, 2013
Each year, American homeowners pay $400 to $600 on average, to heat water for their washing, bathing and cleaning. That comes to 64 gallons every day, 365 days a year, or more than 23,000 gallons annually.
Although most water heaters last 10-12 years, it's best to start shopping now for a new one if yours is more than 7 years old, according to Noritz America. The manufacturer recently developed an infographic to guide homeowners in their water heater replacement decision.
The water heater is probably the appliance least thought about in the home -- until it fails. And when water heaters go bad, many do so in grand (ugly) fashion. Nearly three of every four water heaters fail due to a tank bursting or leaking 30 to 80 gallons of rusty water - depending on tank size - in your finished basement, attic or garage.
There are two basic ways to heat that water: (1) with a conventional storage-tank water heater that's always on or (2) with a tankless water heater that operates only when hot water is needed ("on-demand"). Tankless is a relatively new technology for most Americans, but has been widely used for decades around the world.
Noritz counsels homeowners to choose energy-efficient, certified ENERGY STAR water heaters as new technologies can shave anywhere from 7 to 55 percent off household water-heating costs. To view the water heater replacement guide, visit http://www.noritz.com/tank-vs-tankless.