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Few appliances are essential to a comfortable home than a functioning hot water heater. Unfortunately, because hot water heaters are subjected to moisture, sediment from city water supplies and constantly changing temperatures, they don’t last forever.
When you need to repair or replace your hot water heater, call the experts at Airco Service. We’re standing by 24 hours a day to help you select a water heating system that will save you money and provide enough hot water to meet your family’s needs.
Hot water heaters are some of the hardest-working appliances in your home, and as they age, they tend to become less efficient at heating water and more prone to need repairs.
The city water supply, as well as your home pipes, contain tiny amounts of rust, dirt and dissolved minerals that settle to the bottom of your water tank over time. As sediment builds up on the bottom of your hot water tank, it heats less efficiently. Every 1/2 half inch of sediment on the bottom of a gas-fired water heater requires 70% more fuel to heat the water.
Tank-type hot water tanks are steel tanks lined with vitreous glass. Over time, heat and pressure inside the tank cause the glass liner to crack and water to come in contact with the steel tank, causing it to rust. Eventually, the tank
When it’s time to replace your hot water heater, Airco Service offers a wide variety of energy efficient hot water tanks and tankless hot water heaters for your home and business. Our licensed professional plumbers and technicians are here to help you decide that’s the right size and fuel source for you and your home, and provide a FREE ESTIMATE for installation. Here are some things to consider when choosing a new hot water heater:
Conventional tank-style hot water heaters electric or natural gas heating elements to keep 30-50 gallons of water at a constant temperature. When someone in the house turns on the shower or runs a load of laundry, the preheated water is drawn through the pipes until the tank is empty. Once the tank is empty, it automatically refills with cold water and begins to heat it. For many Tulsa homes, conventional hot water tanks make the most sense.
Tankless hot water heaters heat water without the use of a storage tank. When someone in your home turns on the hot water tap, either a natural gas or electric heating element heats the water as it travels through the unit, providing a continuous, on-demand flow of hot water that never runs out.
Tankless water heaters are much more energy efficient than their conventional counterparts. According to the Energy Department, for homes that use fewer than 41 gallons of hot water per day, tankless hot water heaters can be up to 34% more energy efficient than conventional models.
The downside of tankless hot water heaters is that due to their design, their output is limited. A typical tankless water heater provides hot water to your home at a rate of 2-5 gallons per minute. While that’s plenty for one use, such as taking a shower, simultaneously taking a shower and running the dishwasher can stretch a tankless hot water heater to its limit.
To solve this problem, some people install two or more tankless water heaters, connected in parallel for simultaneous demands of hot water, or install separate tankless water heaters for their appliances.
Another potential downside is the relatively high initial cost of a tankless system versus a conventional hot water heater. However, tankless heaters last longer and have lower energy costs than conventional hot water heaters, which may offset the price.
Advantages of Installing a Tankless Hot Water Heater