Hot water heaters are the most popular way to store water in American homes. They provide a reserve of 20-80 gallons of hot water that is ready to use and can be powered by oil, natural gas, propane, or electricity.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Hot Water Heaters
- Sizes: Hot water heaters come in sizes between 20 and 80 gallons, so you should be able to find the perfect size for your needs.
- Installation: A tankless hot water heater can cost nearly 3 times as much to install as a storage heater.
- Repair and Maintenance: Hot water heaters are so common that they are easier to repair and maintain. Our technicians have years of experience with hot water heaters, so diagnosing and fixing any problem is quick and easy.
- Space: Hot water heater tanks can take up significant space, especially if your home is small. Tankless systems are a much better option for homes with less storage space.
- Lifespan: Hot water tanks have a lifespan of 8-12 years. Other systems (including tankless heaters) can last twice as long.
- Hazards: If you don’t properly maintain your hot water heater tank, it can explode due to mineral build up. Obviously, these cases are rare and easy to avoid with Evolved Mechanical’s seasonal maintenance plans.
Things You Should Know About Hot Water Heaters
The key to an efficient hot water heater is proper installation and maintenance. Evolved Mechanical has seasoned technicians who have years of experience installing and maintaining hot water heaters, so your system will always be properly installed.
To make sure your system continues to run well for many years to come, routine maintenance is key. This includes:
- Flushing a quart of water from the storage tank every three months
- Checking the temperature and pressure valve every six months
- Inspecting the anode rod every three to four years.
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