If your water heater breaks you’ll face an emergency plumbing repair, not to mention the potential damage that a big leak could cause, and you would have to deal with all of that without a hot shower. No thanks!
As of April 16, 2015, higher energy efficiency standards will be expected for residential water heaters in the U.S. This means that all manufacturers must meet more rigorous energy efficiency requirements when developing their products. Most will undergo changes to meet the new minimum efficiency levels, such as added insulation. In addition, most standard water heaters – gas, electric, oil, and tankless gas – will be larger, meaning that they might not fit in their original spaces. Think of it like this: a standard 50-gallon gas water heater from one manufacturer will increase in diameter as much as two inches. That’s okay for some, but many times there isn’t even an inch to work with, especially if your heater is in a narrow closet or some other small space. The important thing is to be prepared to accommodate the new regulations so you don’t run into any issues.
The good thing is that with these new regulations will bring some very positive changes to our environment. According to the Department of Energy, the new regulations will “avoid about 172.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 33.8 million automobiles.” Now that’s something to look forward to!
Simple, routine maintenance of your hot water heater will extend its life and help you stay aware of the condition of this essential appliance in your home. That way, you’ll know when your hot water heater should be replaced before it breaks down. If your water heater is 10 years old or more you ought to be thinking about replacement now.
Water Heater Maintenance
The only maintenance involved in both the conventional and tankless water heating systems is to have them flushed once a year to get rid of calcium and scale buildup. An anti-scale device can be added to the water heater itself. Scale and rust build up inside the system because of a chemical reaction that occurs when calcium and magnesium in the water react with each other. When the water inside your tank turns from hot to cold, this creates a chemical reaction between the calcium and magnesium, which produces scale and rust. Not good!
Selecting A New Water Heater
We know it’s a hard decision when it comes to choosing a new heater and plumbing repair, so we are here to help. Here are three important questions to address when making the big decision:
1. Is this water heater going to supply enough water for my whole family?
You may live in a home that only has one water heater. For the previous owner of your home, one water heater may have been enough, but it may not be enough for your family (do you have teenagers? They live in the shower!). It’s important to calculate the amount of hot water your family uses in order to determine the size and number of hot water heaters needed for your home.
2. How long is the warranty?
Water heating systems are costly. Some warranties last only 12 months and some last up to 8 years. It’s important to purchase a water heater with a long warranty so you know that if something goes wrong in the next several years, you will not have to pay any out of pocket expenses to get it fixed.
3. Do you want lower monthly payments for your electrical and water bills?
Some water heaters are more conservatively priced than others. Usually the ones that are more energy efficient will cost you more up front but will save you lots of money on your energy and water bills in the long run. It’s important to factor in the savings that an energy efficient water heating system will give you before making the final decision.
If you take care of your hot water heater, it will take care of you! If you need maintenance, plumbing repair, or just an assessment of your current system, call the experts at John Moore Services. We offer $0 down financing with approved credit, so don’t postpone important system repairs or replacements in your home. Give us a CALL TODAY or CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment.