The water heater is probably the appliance least thought about in a building, whether it be a single-family home, apartment building or commercial facility, according to leading water heater manufacturer Noritz.
Until it fails.
And when water heaters go bad, many do so in grand – and 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 – into a finished basement, attic or garage.
Noritz recommends that home and building owners look for energy-efficient, certified ENERGY STAR water heaters, as new technologies can shave anywhere from 7 to 55 percent off household water-heating costs.
The infographic below produced by Noritz examines topics to consideration when replacing water heaters.