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Don’t wait for your water heater to completely give out before you start considering your replacement options. While your choices were once between competing brands of water heaters, you now have to determine what type of water heater you want before you can even consider competing brands.
Selecting between gas and electric water heaters may be simple, depending on whether other appliances in your home operate on one type of service or the other. Yet, you now have the added options of solar water heaters if you want to invest in a truly green home and maximize savings over a longer period of time.
4 Star Plumbing Water Heater Professionals can provide you with any type of water heater that suits your needs, and we are available around the clock for emergency services. Contact us at any time of the day or night, any day of the week. We are there to keep your hot water flowing 365 days a year.
If you need to replace your water heater, you may consider the advantages of going with a tankless water heater. A tankless heater is much smaller than a tank water heater, so you can find a more functional purpose for the area currently consumed by your old water heater tank.
Rather than heating the same tank of water over and over, a tankless heater will only heat your water when it is needed. The result is fresh hot water produced on demand with much less energy consumption. The greater energy efficiency of tankless water heaters allow you to spend less on your energy bill while living a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
The downside is that traditional water heaters are more affordable than tankless water heaters. If you are interested in exploring your options, contact 4 Star Plumbing Services to learn more about the advantages of switching to a tankless heating system.
Hybrid water heaters blend the technology used in traditional tank water heaters and tankless heaters. They still use a tank, but the water is heated in a more energy efficient manner like tankless heaters. This is a good compromise if you want to save some money on your energy bills without going completely tankless.
Tankless water heaters are quite popular today, but they do not always provide consistent water temperatures. Since water is not stored in a tank, these heaters must start the heating process fresh every time a hot water tap is turned on in your home. If cold water remains in the pipe, then you could receive a mix of cold and hot water as that old water is processed out.
The complaints against tankless water heaters are relieved when you look at a hybrid heating system. This is an excellent way to improve the efficiency of your hot water tank without completely buying into the tankless technology.
Don’t let these choices scare you away from updating your hot water heater if you know it is needed. It is much better to talk with a professional from 4 Star Plumbing Services and learn more about your options now than to wait for that emergency that requires you to make a fast decision.
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Water heaters typically last 8-12 years, but proper maintenance can extend their lifespan to 15 years or more. Factors that affect a water heater's lifespan include water quality, water pressure, usage in the home, the water heater's age, and maintenance. To increase the lifespan of a water heater, it's important to flush the tank annually to remove sediment and check for corrosion or leaks. Keeping the water temperature low, insulating the water heater, and insulating or heating water lines in cold climates can also help extend the life of the water heater.
Hot water heaters can fail for various reasons, including age, sediment buildup, mineral deposits, and defective parts or installation. Sediment and mineral deposits can cause reduced efficiency and leaks, while faulty components or poor installation can lead to water pressure imbalances or damaged seals and valves.
Routine maintenance by 4 Star Plumbing Services is crucial for the long-term efficiency and reliability of your water heater. Maintenance should include inspecting, cleaning, and checking for issues such as sediment buildup or corrosion, flushing the water tank, and checking water pressure, temperature, and hot water production. It is important to address rusting or corrosion immediately and replace the anode rod every few years to prevent deterioration of the tank lining. Electrical connections should be tightened and worn-out parts such as gaskets or washers should be replaced. It is recommended to have your water heater evaluated at least once a year to catch potential issues early. Proper care of your water heater can extend its life and reduce energy costs.
Signs that your water heater is going out include slow heating, temperature changes, decreased water pressure, rust-colored water or sediment in the tank, leaks, loud noises, and corrosion. If your water heater is over 8-10 years old or you see a sudden increase in energy bills, it may be time to consider replacing it.