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Water Heater Basics For Homeowners

December 10, 2022

Water Heater Basics For Homeowners

Who doesn't want to maximize their water heater's lifespan and ensure it works as effectively as possible? Water heaters are a significant component of our lives and taking care of them correctly is very important. So, in this article, we will go over some basics regarding your water heater and provide you with some tips.

Conventional Water Heaters

As the name suggests, the water is kept inside a tank. When needed, the water heater sends the hot water to that area. Since it works with a tank, naturally, the size of the tank directly affects how much water is provided during the need. It has a simple design, so the maintenance isn't expensive. It has subtypes, but the general installation will cost about $650 to $2,100. Additionally, the running cost annually is about $400-450. Compared to tankless water heaters, it initially costs less.

Tankless Water Heaters

Unlike conventional water heaters, tankless water heaters don't have a tank, so it only heats water when necessary. It's easier to store them inside a home because it doesn't take up space due to the lack of a tank—the installation costs around $2800. The cost of running depends on whether it uses gas or electricity. It has a much longer lifespan than conventional models, and the bills are lower.

Maintenance Tips

  • Regularly inspect your water heater throughout the year. This allows for minor issues to be caught early on, and you can solve the problem with a simple repair instead of replacing it altogether.
  • One of the best ways to ensure your water heater stays clean and free of sediment is through flushing. Make sure to flush your water heater at least once a year.
  • Regularly test your pressure relief valve. If there's a significant leakage when you do so, it's a good idea to replace the valve.
  • Count when you last changed your anode rod. This rod prevents the rusting of your tank, but if it fills its lifespan, it will not effectively keep your tank free of corrosion. So, after five years of getting a new rod, replace it.
  • Typically, water heaters are set at a higher temperature than needed. So, you can lower the temperature in your heater and save on your bills.
  • If you are looking for ways to save up on the bills and prevent damage to your pipes due to freezing in the winter, you can insulate the water heater and your house's water pipes.
  • Even though we advise you to inspect your water heater regularly, a professional's opinion is, of course, the most reliable approach. Hire a professional plumber to ensure everything is alright with your water heater.

Professional Water Heater Repair and Replacement

Since you are constantly using your water heater throughout the day, it's only normal to require certain repairs. If this is the case, you can call the reliable plumbers of Beall Contracting. We will take care of the repair right away. However, the heater can be beyond repair. In these cases, you will need water heater installation, which our professionals can take care of. Call us today to learn more.