Most water heaters are placed in hidden areas for aesthetic purposes. Who wants to see an old water heater tank with all the pipes sticking out of it anyway? But the problem is out of site, out of mind. We tend to ignore them until they bust open and rivers of water flow all over the house.
At minimum, our professional Raleigh plumbers at Streamline Plumbing hope to convey the idea that water heaters need attention too. But sadly, most aren’t noticed until it’s time for replacement.
What state is your water heater currently in? Does it need maintenance, repair, or is it time for replacement? If you don’t know, perhaps it’s time to have your water heater serviced.
Our pros would like to keep you informed about water heaters. Here is some information about maintenance and the different types of water heaters available for replacement. Remember, your water heater is necessary to serve hot water to you and the family. It only makes sense to learn something about it.
Maintenance For Water Heaters
The water heater in your home needs occasional maintenance. The water heater may look like just a tank. However, there are many functioning parts within, enclosed in the outer shell. These parts need to be maintained, tested, adjusted, or replaced when they fail. The tank alone needs to be properly inspected by your plumber for rust or corrosion. Gas water heaters need additional gas leak testing and maintenance. Don’t take your water heater for granted and it will serve you well for the number years it should and often for years longer.
Annual Water Heater Tank Flush Outs
The water heater tank will hold sediments and minerals that cause rust. Have the tank flushed out by your local plumber once per year to avoid early replacement and repairs.
Specialty Water Heaters To Consider For Replacement
Compact Water Heaters – A compact water heater is a tank system that is designed to fit in small spaces. Generally, the heating element delivers more watts to heat the water quicker. The tanks hold from about 6 to 20 gallons.
Tankless Water Heaters – Tankless water heaters have no tank. They heat the water directly as it flows through as you demand it from the faucet. They fit in very small spaces and are very energy efficient. They can serve the whole house or just one sink.
High Efficiency Water Heaters – Save energy with a high-efficiency water heater. Heating the water in your home accounts for about 15% of the energy usage. A high efficiency systems uses about 10-15% less than standard models. There are various water heaters that offer high-efficiency including storage tank, tankless, heat pump, and solar.
Premium 50 Gallon Water Heaters – These water heaters have a larger storage tank. They are designed better, last longer, and work better. The most efficient are the natural gas systems.