Hot water is a necessity in our lives today. Without it, clothes and dishes wouldn’t feel as clean and there enjoyment of a hot shower or bath at the beginning or end of the day wouldn’t exist.
There are two main types of water heaters commonly installed in phoenix:
Storage Tank Water Heater
The most common type of water heater is the traditional storage tank style which consists of an insulated tank in which water is heated and stored at a set temperature until needed. They come in either electric or gas with gas water heaters being more economical.
Tank-less (On-demand) Water heater
More energy efficient, tank-less water heaters heat the water as it passes through a heat exchanger, only heating the water you actually use. The costs for these units are typically higher but the tradeoff is found in your lower electric or gas bill and the flexibility of places to install the water heater.
Regardless of the type, either are prone to issues from time to time. It’s important to have yearly maintenance performed in order to keep them operating efficiently. Traditional tank and tank-less water heaters should be flushed at least once per year to prevent build-up of sediment due to the minerals in the water being heated. You should keep the space around your water heater clear so that you can tell if you have a leak.
Here are five signs it might be time to have water heater maintenance performed:
In the even that your water heater needs to be replaced Maloney plumbing will:
When choosing a new water heater it is important to keep the following in mind:
Water heater capacity varies depending on the particular needs of your family. The gallon capacity of an electric water heater can range from 10 to 50 gallons. For gas water heaters the range is 30 – 75 gallons.
Hot water tanks have efficiency ranking that the federal government has recommended. All water heaters produced after April 16, 2015 must abide by the new energy efficiency standards. This also includes a mandatory increase of 3%-30% greater efficiency than pre-change models. The larger the tank, the more efficiency that is required. In order to gain that efficiency, manufacturers are adding more insulation to the tank, which in turn increases the physical size. That means that when you replace your water heater it may not fit in the same place as before.