A good water heater is a necessity for every home. If your water heater is not working efficiently, it may be time to think about replacing it. Stop tolerating long wait times for hot water or inconsistent delivery. You can have a high quality water heater designed to meet the demands of your home installed for a reasonable price in a short period of time.
Water heaters are essential, but they are not particularly complicated pieces of equipment. Because of this, they are relatively easy to install and maintain. The latest hot water heater models are fuel efficient and quite effective at providing your entire house with hot water when you need it, provided they are sized, installed and maintained properly.
Our plumbing technicians can guide you through the new hot water heater selection process and help you make an informed decision about which model is best for you.
Now that tankless water heaters are so widely available, one of the most important and challenging aspects of picking out a water heater is making sure the one you choose is the right size and type for your household. In order to do this, you will need to have a good estimate of how much hot water you use on a regular basis and what kind of demand there will be at any given time of day.
After all, it does you little good to have a state-of-the-art water heater installed if it is not large enough to satisfy all of your family’s hot water needs. While it may be a great piece of equipment, an improperly sized water heater will still leave you waiting for your shower to warm up if someone is using hot water elsewhere in the house.
Tank water heaters maintain a reserve supply of hot water that you can then tap into when you need hot water for something anywhere in your home. Because of this dynamic, the size of the tank your water heater has will directly affect how much hot water you can use at a time.
To pick the right sized tank, you must know the maximum amount of hot water your family will use at any given time. But that does not mean that you should just pick the biggest tank either. The larger the tank, the more expensive the water heater—you don’t want to spend more than you need to.
And the initial cost of the unit is not the only thing you need to worry about. Keep in mind that the water heater will be using fuel to keep the water in the tank at the right temperature at all times. If you have a larger tank, your water heater will need more energy to keep the water hot. So the expense of having a larger tank does not stop at installation.
If the time has finally come to replace your old water heater, you may want to think about going with a tankless model. Tankless water heaters may not be right for everyone, but their popularity and the variety of benefits they offer can be good alternatives for many households.
For many people, tankless water heaters are a bit of a mystery. After all, how can you have hot water as soon as you turn on the tap if there is no big supply of it waiting until it is needed? Well, the secret lies in the way tankless water heaters are put together.
Tankless water heaters heat the water by running it across a series of high efficiency heating elements on the way to your tap. When you turn the hot water on somewhere in your home, it triggers the water heater to begin drawing water into this system, and before you know it, steaming hot water is pouring out of the faucet in front of you.
Of course, traditional tank water heaters provide hot water when you turn on your tap as well. But there are quite a few benefits to choosing a tankless model over a tank one. For instance, tank water heaters use energy constantly to keep the water in their reserve tanks hot and ready for you to use. Tankless models, on the other hand, do not use any energy when you are not using the hot water. This can translate to significant savings each month simply because you will not have to pay for hot water when you are not using it.
Tankless water heaters are also quite energy efficient in their own right. When they do use energy, it is typically very little, and they also do not require as much maintenance as regular tank models do. Tankless water heaters are a good choice if you do not have a lot of room in your house. They take up much less space than tank water heaters which is a big plus for homeowners with limited storage.
Tankless water heaters do have their limits, of course. They come in different sizes, so you can find the one that matches your water needs. But even the largest models may not be enough to keep up with your household’s hot water needs, particularly if multiple people are trying to use hot water at once.
If that is the case in your home, you may want to consider having multiple smaller tankless water heaters installed. This solves the problem of multiple simultaneous users and makes it easier to ensure there is hot water anywhere in your home whenever you need it.
Once you’ve chosen your new water heater, our technicians can have it in place in no time. We can even remove your old one if that’s an issue for you. Whether you opt for a traditional tank style or a tankless water heater, proper installation is very important to avoid chronic problems later on.
Did you know that routine maintenance can help your water heater work better and last longer? Exactly what maintenance you need depends on the make and model of your water heater, but some common tasks include inspecting the anode rod, checking the pressure and temperature valve, and flushing a quart of water from the tank.
Keeping your water heater properly maintained is vital to ensuring that it will serve you well for many years to come. And if you do find yourself in need of emergency repairs, we can take care of that as well. Whatever your water heater needs, call us today and we’ll have a technician there as soon as possible.
You should also pay attention to the respective energy efficiency ratings of the tank water heaters you are considering. Most modern models are quite energy efficient, but some are definitely better than others and it’s worth paying attention to because it can help you save more money in the end.
Standard Plumbing offers a great line up of quality tank water heaters for you to choose from. We can help you examine your options to find the best product, and we provide full hot water heater installation, maintenance and repair services.