Going Back to School: Water Heaters 101

Water Heater Basics

Almost every house has a water heater. It is an essential component of the modern household and is usually used daily. Water heaters account for about 25% of the overall home energy expenses. The average lifespan is between 8 and 12 years. However, they may break down from time to time, causing many issues in the home. Read on for more fundamentals of water heaters, the various types, and their components.

Best Type of Water Heater For Your Home

types of water heatersTank water heaters can be powered by gas or electricity and heat water and store it for when it’s needed. The pre-heating and storage method of water heating isn’t as energy efficient as some other options, as the unit constantly uses energy to keep water warm to a comfortable temperature.

A tankless water heater is a type of water heater that only heats water when needed. This saves energy because the heater doesn’t have to keep the water warm all day. Tankless heaters typically use less electricity or gas than traditional water heaters, so homeowners can save money on utility bills by switching to a tankless model.

Water Heater Maintenance

professional maintenanceOne common issue with water heaters over time is the buildup of sediment. This can happen if the water heater hasn’t been inspected or maintained recently. Sediment can build up in the heater, making it less efficient and increasing the risk of water safety issues.

The easiest way to flush a water heater is to drain the debris from the system. Professionals will drain the water heater by connecting a hose to the drain valve and emptying the tank. This should remove any residue in the tank. Routine maintenance can extend the life of a water heater by years, save money on utility bills, and prevent repairs which is why professionals recommend regular maintenance at least once a year.

Most water heaters have an anode rod protecting the lining and interior of the water heater from corrosion. The anode rod should be replaced every few years during maintenance once it wears out to prevent the tank from corroding and needing a premature replacement.

Signs the Water Heater Needs Repair

Most water heater tanks are made from steel, which makes them prone to rust and corrosion. If homeowners see small pieces of rust in the hot tap water or the water is discolored, it’s a sign that the tank is starting to rust. Rust may also be found around the joints and pressure relief valve. If the tank is deteriorating, it will need to be replaced.

If the water doesn’t seem as hot as it used to, or it cools down quicker, this could be a sign that there is a problem with the heating element or electric thermostat. These problems will prevent the heater from performing effectively and make the water cooler. This can happen over time or all of a sudden. Homeowners should immediately contact a professional if they notice these signs, so the issue doesn’t worsen.

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