Hot Water Heater
– We turn the hot water faucet on and magic happens. Hot water starts flowing out. It’s not until the hot water turns cold that we realize there may be a problem with the hot water heater. Typically, water heaters have a fairly long lifespan when compared to other household appliances. On average, a water heater that is maintained will last anywhere from 8 to 12 years. Keep in mind that the actual lifetime of a heater will vary based on the manufacturer, installation, maintenance and usage.
With proper maintenance, the average water heater’s life expectancy can be extended and also reduce the monthly energy costs associated with running the water heater. One way to extend the life of a hot water heater is to drain the sediment from the tank at least once, but preferably twice per year. Not only will this increase the water heater’s efficiency, but it will also allow for the sediment to drain and reduce possible corrosion. Most professionals will recommend setting the water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit which will reduce the damage that can be caused to the tank through overheating.
There are a few common problems that occur with water heaters. The primary complaint is that the water isn’t as hot as it should be. This problem typically occurs from either a defective heating element or a faulty thermostat for electric water heaters. For gas heaters, the pilot light can go out by way of the thermal coupling and that may call for a new thermal coupling or a gas valve replacement. Other common problems with water heaters are when they begin to leak or drip. Over time, calcium and other minerals can build up in the hot water heater causing it to clog.
Replacing a water heater can be done by any person that is handy with tools. As long as the new water heater is similar in size and type of the old one it’s not much more difficult than connecting the electricity or gas and water supply lines. Many home improvement stores will dispose of the old heater when they deliver a new water heater. The problem with water heaters is that they are awkward and heavy so it will usually take more than one person to muscle the heater into place.
Items to consider when looking at water heaters:
Type of water heater (gas or electric).
Gallon capacity. The most common size are between 40 to 50 gallons.
Recovery rate. This is measured in the number of gallons that the water heater will heat within an hour.
Energy efficiency rating. When shopping for a water heater, you will see an Energy Star label that shows the estimated cost for the unit to operate annually.
Price. The average price for a 40 to 50-gallon water heater is between $800 to $1,100.
Size. Tankless water heaters can cost a little more initially, but will save not only space but also money in the long run. They also tend to last twice as long.
Tips for increasing water heater efficiency:
Repair any leaky faucets.
Insulate the water heater. Just make sure to follow manufacturer recommendations.
When replacing other appliances (such as washing machines and dishwashers) that utilize hot water, look for Energy Star ratings.
Insulate the pipes that are connected to the water heater.
“Standby heat loss” occurs when the hot water sits and cools down. Once this happens, the heating element or burner will turn on to warm up the water once again. This cycle repeats over and over as the water is needed.
One of the top items used in the home, the water heater typically accounts for anywhere from 14 to 25 of a home’s total energy consumption (with an average of between $400 to $600 spent each year for hot water).
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