You probably don’t think much about your hot water heater on a daily basis. We wash the dishes, take showers, do the laundry, and run the dishwasher, all without giving a minutes thought to the utility tucked away behind the closet doors. That is, until it breaks. If you’ve ever had to take an ice cold shower, you know how easy it is to take your water heater for granted, and how essential a well-functioning water heater is to your home.
Even if your water heater hasn’t outright stopped working, there are several signs to look for that can tell you if your heater is on its way out. For example, if you are noticing dirty or smelly water, it could be an indication of a faulty hot water heater. If the heater is relatively new (under 10 years old), you may be able to flush the tank; if not, you probably need to start considering a replacement.
Is your hot water running cold too quickly, or not getting as hot as it used to? This could signify a heating element failure or dip tube failure. And take a look at the hot water heater itself – is it rusted, corroded or leaking water? If so, it’s time for a new one.
When looking for a new water heater, there are several types to choose from. Solar water heaters have recently become popular, especially in the sunny Southwest, because they use sustainable resources and can reduce energy bills in the long term.
Tankless hot water heaters are another good energy saving option. Tankless heaters heat water as it’s needed and delivers a constant supply of hot water (you don’t have to wait for the tank to fill up with hot water). The downside is that there is a limit to how much hot water you can get at once – which could make taking a shower and doing laundry at the same time an issue.
Heat pump water heaters heat the water tank by pulling warm air from the room and heating it up to the proper temperature. This can be another energy-saving option if you have a warm space for the heater year-round.
The most common type of water heater is the conventional storage water heater, which keeps a tank full of water and dispenses the hot water from the top of the tank. Purchasing a conventional storage heater with an insulated tank is a good idea to avoid unnecessary heat loss and high energy bills.
Moon Valley Plumbing can help you choose and install the right hot water system for your home. This month, we’re offering $50 off water heater installation on our website, www.moonvalleyplumbing.com . Contact MVP, mention the coupon on our website, and get your home’s hot water nice and toasty for the winter season.
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