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How will you know the right time to upgrade your water heater to improve hot water quality in your home in the Greater Springfield, MA area? Fuel Services wants you to know that the average conventional water heater lasts about 10 years. A lot depends on the water quality in your area and the quality of the water heater. Hard water, with its high mineral content, can shorten the life of a unit. A tankless water heater lasts longer. Because the unit lacks a tank, the chance for corrosion is vastly reduced. The average life expectancy of a tankless water heater is 20 years.

Tankless, or on-demand, water heaters will only heat water when you turn on your hot water faucets. In contrast, conventional water heaters continue to reheat the unused water that sits in the tank, which is a waste of energy. Compared to conventional water heaters, a tankless unit can save you as much as 40% on your annual water heating costs. Some tankless water heaters also qualify for a federal tax credit, which will help you save up to 30% on the cost of the unit.

You’ll get longer life from your water heater and prevent breakdowns if you follow these simple guidelines:

  • Every year, have your water heater inspected by a service technician to keep it in peak operating condition.
  • If you have a traditional water heater, drain a gallon of water from the tank every three months. Do this every month if you have hard water. This reduces the amount of sediment collecting in the bottom of the tank which can make the burner or heating coils work harder.

To learn more about Fuel Services’ water heater installation and service, view our FAQ on water heating equipment.

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