Water Heater Replacement Specialists
Water heaters are a critical household appliance at home warming cold water to prepare it for shower, bath, washing machines and dishwashers. They sit in basements doing their job without so much fuss and rarely get noticed until they fail, often at the worst possible time.
If you have plans to shop for a new hot water heater very soon, whether to replace a worn-out existing unit that broke down or installing one in a new house, explore your options well. Hot water heaters are the second biggest single energy user in the home. With soaring energy costs these days, do a research first on the various options available so you can find a unit that is not only right for your home but one that meets higher efficiency requirements to help you save money over the course of its life span which is usually 10-15 years.
One of the key considerations when buying a water heater is the fuel type. Your choice should be one that is most suitable and practical for your home. For instance, oil- and propane-powered water heaters may cost less than electric-powered models but there’s the high upfront cost to worry about. Or maybe, you are currently using electric water heater at home but natural gas is available in your area so you might be better off switching fuel to save money.
Another vital factor to take into account is the type of hot water heater you want for your home. The most common type used in many households is the storage tank which holds water inside that’s constantly heated by any of those fuel sources. Once a faucet is turned on, hot water from the top of the tank is released and the cold water flows in the bottom to replace the hot water that has just been drawn out.
Another type of water heating system is the tankless water heater often referred to as on-demand water heater. As its name implies, it provides hot water without the need for a tank. A gas burner or electric element heats water as it flows through the unit when there is a demand. Solar water heater is yet another type of hot water heater system which basically has water heated by the sun and either uses natural circulation or a pump to move water between the collector and tank. When the water is not warm or hot enough, a traditional water heater is often used to get the desired water temperature. Finally, there’s heat pump water heaters which are considered 2 to 3 times more energy efficient than standard storage tank models although generally, they are a bit costlier to install.
Other factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing your water heating system are the cost of the unit and its installation as well as the energy factor (EF) rating. The EF rating which is established by the U.S. Department of Energy measures the energy efficiency of various products including hot water heaters. Obviously, water heaters are not built the same. Some are more efficient than others. The higher the EF number, the more efficient the unit is.
If you have more than one fuel type available in your area, it’s a good idea to compare fuel costs, especially if you’re building a new home. Even if you’re replacing a water heater, you may find that you’ll save more money in the long run if you use a different fuel or energy source. Contact Weldon Couch Plumbing for help in choosing the right size and fuel type for your home and usage needs.
Many people find that their hot water runs out before all the baths and showers have been finished. Or you might find yourself on the other end of the spectrum and you never run out of hot water... Ever! Either one of these circumstances may mean that your water heater is either too small or too large for your household. Or perhaps the temperature setting is just too low or too high.
In any case when you find yourself needing a new hot water heater, Weldon Couch Plumbing can assist you in not only replacing the heater but choosing the right size heater for your family.
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