Here are the basics on how to remove your old water heater and install a new one.
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There is nothing worse than discovering those long, hot showers you are used to taking aren’t so hot anymore. Maybe your hot water heater has sprung a leak or it’s just stopped working. Well, it might be time for you to replace your water heater.
The average life span of a water heater is between 8 and 12 years. When it comes time to replace yours, chances are, you’ll pick the same type of unit -- either gas or electric. The key is picking the most efficient water heater large enough to handle your needs. An average family of four with two showers will use a 65 gallon unit, but the experts at your local home center can help you come up with the best size. Also, make sure you check the annual cost of operation for the unit. This should be listed on the sticker on the side of the heater.
Tip: Routine upkeep on your water heater is a good idea. Drain the water heater twice a year. This will get rid of sediment and increase its efficiency.
Tip: Look closely at the temperature knob on your water heater and look for the word "vacation." If you are gone for more than five days, turn the water heater setting to "vacation" which means your water and your heating bill will be getting some rest while you are away.