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Frequently Asked Questions about Hot Water Heaters

Hot water heaters are among one of the most useful and important appliances used in your house today. Whether it’s taking a shower, washing your dishes or doing laundry, not having your hot water heaters work properly can really make things very inconvenient.

The following are three of the most frequently asked questions about hot water heaters. Even if you’re not an expert, you can use this information to help you get a general understanding of hot water heaters work. This will allow you to make an educated decision and do what’s appropriate for your individual situation.

How do you know when your water heater needs replacing or repairing?

If you’ve had your hot water heater for a long period of time, it may not perform as effectively and efficiently as it used to. If you catch the problem early enough, you can get away with replacing a few parts and extending the life of your appliance. Neglecting this will make matters worse and can end up costing you more in the long run.

  • When you begin to notice discoloration in the water you’re using, there’s rust that’s build up in the storage tank.
  • If your water takes longer to heat up or doesn’t get hot enough, your thermostat needs some maintenance.
  • Hearing rumbling or unusual noises in your tank as your water heats up can mean sediment and mineral build up.
  • When there’s leaking under or near the heater, you may have a loose connection in your bolts.

Watch out for these signs. They’ll give you notice in advance and help you take appropriate action.

What are different types of hot water heaters?

It’s very important to know the various types of hot water heaters so you can choose which one fits your personal needs and budget as well.

Solar water heaters are one of the most cost effective one available in the market. It uses large panels to heat water. Storage tank water heaters store water in storage tanks and heats water for immediate use. Also, there are three types: gas water heaters, electric water heaters and oil water heaters.

Tankless water heaters do not have a storage tank and only heats water when required. These can be very efficient and effective to use compared to other types.

How much will a new hot water heater cost?

There are many factors that affect your purchase of hot water heaters. Before you invest money into it, it is important to consider a few things.

Tankless versus traditional

While tankless hot water heaters can be a big financial investment upfront, the benefits can outweigh the initial cost in the long run. Not only are they great for instantly heating up water as soon as the faucet is on, they can also save you money on your water bill, electricity and gas bill.

Warranties and service plans

Typically, companies offer warranties and service plans with your purchase of a hot water heater. Depending on your expertise and available resource, you may be able to do a lot of the work by yourself. If not, you’re better off being on the safe side and get the warranties and service plans. Ultimately, the choice is up to you.

GPH Recovery Rating

GPH stands for gallons per hour your hot water heater of your choice can produce. The better the rating, the most it cost so make sure you choose the right one for your home usage. Choose too low GPH and you risk running out of hot water, too high and you’ll spend your money unnecessarily.

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