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Budget now to avoid water heater system failures

When budgeting for next year’s facilities and plant improvements, consider the age of your existing water heating and storage equipment. We all know that any equipment which contacts water can corrode over time, leading to unplanned system failures and expedited repair costs. There are 4 basic methods of identifying equipment which should be considered for replacement or overhaul:

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1. Which water heating or storage equipment is the oldest?

This method isn’t always 100% accurate, but the risk of failure for water heating or storage equipment increases over time. Also, even when old equipment is still reliable, it may be so expensive to operate that you could pay off replacement equipment in a short period of time with increased energy efficiency. Make a list of your oldest pieces of equipment and consider the risk of leaving them in service for another year.

2. Which water heating or storage equipment has cost the most to repair this year?

This is a pretty good way to identify equipment which should be replaced. We can all be guilty of thinking “I’ve put so much money into it lately that it has to stay in service for a while to pay for the repairs!” Sometimes we have to cut our losses when it comes to water heaters and similar equipment. Make a list of the equipment which required the most repair this year. Which ones of these are likely to require continued repairs?

3. Which water heating or storage equipment is so expensive to operate that it might pay to replace it?

Put together your operating costs. Let us help you budget for replacement and help you put together a return-on-investment calculation. You can decide if the saved energy costs will pay for the equipment replacement in an acceptable period of time.

4. Which piece of water heating or storage equipment would you be least surprised to have break down?

This is the “gut feeling” check. Not scientific, but if you know your facility well enough, this “catch all” will give you pause thinking about under-rated equipment pressed into duty for which it wasn’t designed and similar situations. Check with us on replacement costs. Planned replacements will always be cheaper than emergency repairs.