Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Homeowners in New England know that using high-efficiency HVAC equipment is essential to save money without sacrificing comfort. But we’re not just talking about your oil boiler, gas furnace, or ductless mini-split system. Don’t forget about the hero of daily household activity: your water heater.

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, your water heater is operating constantly to deliver the hot water you need for laundering, showering, dishwashing, and more. This hardworking appliance not only requires professional maintenance, like your heating and cooling systems, but should also be replaced every decade or so for your cost savings, safety, and convenience.

When should I upgrade?

The most common reason for water heater failure is old age. Most models have an expected lifespan of about 10 years. If your system is not being maintained on a yearly basis by a Sandri HVAC professional, sudden system failure can occur without warning. This is an unnecessary safety hazard that can cause significant damage to your property. We at Sandri can recommend when it’s time for an upgrade.

Replacement Warning Signs

  • Higher than average utility bills
  • Delay or lack of sufficient hot water production
  • Rattling, banging, or other abnormal sounds

Which type of water heater is best?

As technology continues to advance for oil and gas water heating systems, there are several options for homeowners to consider:

Conventional Storage Water Heater

This unit holds a supply of hot water and operates by releasing it from the top of the tank when hot water is called for. Afterward, cold water fills the bottom of the tank. According to ENERGY STAR®, new gas-fired storage water heaters are about 8% more efficient than older models.

Indirect Water Heater

This system uses the heat from your boiler or furnace to heat your hot water simultaneously. At the time hot water or heat is called for, the demand is taken from the indirect water tank instead of the heating system. Energy stored by the water tank allows the furnace or boiler to turn off and on less often.

Tankless Water Heater

With this system, there is no need for a storage tank. Cold water simply travels through a pipe to reach a unit with a heating element, resulting in instant hot water always available when you need it. ENERGY STAR states that this water heating option can be anywhere from 8% to 34% more efficient than a storage water heater!


Say goodbye to cold showers and high energy bills! Contact Sandri to get an estimate on a new high-efficiency water heater for your VT, MA, or NH home.