Facts About Water Heaters

Myths and Misconceptions about Water Heaters

Now that you have the basics, let's take a look at some of the myths that are circulating about water heaters.

Myth: A new water heater offers significant savings
In reality: New water heaters only offer marginal savings, and even replacing a 15 year-old water heater will only save about $6.30 a month in energy costs. These savings don’t take into account the additional cost of the new water heater. What may matter more is how you choose to use hot water in your home. Visit the Water Conservation section for some great tips on using hot water wisely!

Myth: Older water heaters = dirty water
In reality: Water heaters are designed to work for years without accumulating rust buildup.  If you do notice a rust-coloured tinge to your hot water, or feel it’s taking longer than normal to heat the water, call your local service provider.

Myth: Proactive maintenance improves efficiency
In reality: Only under the most severe conditions of sediment or lime accumulation will proactive maintenance improve efficiency. Maintenance is best done when homeowners notice a problem, like insufficient hot water or a rust-coloured tinge to the hot water. 

Myth: Older water heaters do not meet safety standards
In reality:  Water heaters are installed according to code at the time of installation.

Myth: Tankless water heaters are right for everyone
In reality: Tankless water heaters are more energy efficient than a storage water heater, which could translate into savings of up to $4-$5/month, depending on the age of the water heater being replaced. Because tankless water heaters work differently than consumers may be used to, they should walk through a needs assessment with a reputable provider before investing in tankless.

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