Water Heaters

Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Pros and Cons of Tankless Water HeatersIf your old water heater is causing problems, you may be thinking about replacing it with a tankless water heater. That’s a very wise decision for many homeowners. However, as efficient and convenient as tankless systems are, they are not necessarily the right water heater solution for everyone.

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Bundling Up Your Water Heater During Cold Spells

Bundling Up Your Water Heater During Cold SpellsWhen winter temperatures plummet, your water heater often feels the effects. A residential tank-style water heater stores at least 40 gallons of heated water on stand-by at all times. In winter, temperatures where the water heater is installed — often a garage, a basement or even just an under-heated utility room — are lower than normal. This accelerates heat loss from water inside the tank. Higher energy costs and increased wear and tear on the water heater result.

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Do You Need More Than One Water Heater for Your House?

Do You Need More Than One Water Heater for Your House?Many homeowners can relate to this morning or night routine: the first person who wants a shower has to wait forever to get the hot water flowing. Everyone else has to jump in fast or wait a long time after the previous shower to avoid getting a burst of hot water. What some homeowners may not know is that there’s a simple solution to these shower woes: installing more than one water heater.

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Want to Lower Your Utility Bills? Turn Down Your Water Heater Temperature

Want to Lower Your Utility Bills? Turn Down Your Water Heater TemperatureAs a mindful homeowner that likes to save energy, you use your HVAC’s thermostat wisely to minimize cooling and heating energy bills, right? When you consider that water heating comes in third behind cooling and heating for home energy usage, you would do your pocketbook a favor by looking for ways to reduce your water heating bill, too. Fortunately, reducing your hot water energy usage is as easy as turning back the water heater temperature.

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Discolored Hot Water Could Be Telling You Something

Discolored Hot Water Could Be Telling You SomethingIt can be alarming when discolored water starts coming from the faucets. If this happens when you run either the cold or hot water, then it could be a break in underground water pipes or be another issue with your local water supply. However, when it happens only when you turn on the hot water, it can be a sign of other issues. Here are the most common causes of discolored hot water.

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How to Know When to Replace Your Water Heater

How to Know When to Replace Your Water HeaterIf your water heater fails unexpectedly, you’ll not only face a major disruption in your daily routine, you may have to deal with a messy cleanup and potential water damage to your home. Knowing how to recognize that the appliance is on its last legs can allow you to have a new water heater installed before a failure happens. Here’s what to watch out for:

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Why it’s Important to Flush Sediment from Your Water Heater

Why it's Important to Flush Sediment from Your Water HeaterSediment problems are unavoidable with storage-tank water heaters. At high temperatures, minerals naturally present in water form into sediment and slowly settle at the bottom of the tank. If you’re not flushing the tank annually, this sediment buildup can block the electric element or gas burner and decrease your water heater’s energy efficiency. Over time, a severe accumulation can reduce the unit’s capacity, clog the drain valve, block your home’s plumbing lines and even cause a premature water heater failure.

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Find Out Where Your Tankless Water Heater Should Go

Find Out Where Your Tankless Water Heater Should GoTankless water heaters save energy and offer the convenience of a continuous supply of hot water. You can get greater cost savings and satisfaction from your tankless water heater if you choose its location carefully. Consider the following as you and your plumbing contractor plan your installation

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Discover How Turning Down Your Water Heater Temperature Can Save Money

Discover How Turning Down Your Water Heater Temperature Can Save MoneyDo you often wonder why your energy bills are so high? The A/C and furnace are not the only appliances to blame. The water heater accounts for 15 to 25 percent of the energy usage in the typical home. One of the simplest and quickest ways to save money on your energy bill is to turn back the water heater temperature. Here’s why:

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Water Heater Maintenance Tasks Homeowners Can Tackle Themselves

Water Heater Maintenance Tasks Homeowners Can Tackle ThemselvesWater heating appliances use a good deal of energy, second only to keeping your home comfortable with your HVAC system. Routine water heater maintenance gives this hard-working appliance a longer lifetime and cuts your energy costs.

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