Is your hot water heater on the fritz? Is it just not producing the way you want it too or maybe not the way you need it to be? Well there are many reasons why your hot water heater in your home just doesn’t seem to keep up with your needs and expectations whether it be because of a addition to the number of people in your household using hot water, or maybe you added a hot water appliance to your home such as a dish washing machine or a new shower or shower head that allows for more hot water. Maybe its just that your hot water heater is just old and full of sludge and isn’t heating the water the way it is supposed too anymore.
If your hot water heating system has any leaks of water anywhere, high energy bills or unsatisfactory production is a tell tale sign that you need to start thinking about replacing your hot water heating system. Below are some of the options you have when replacing your hot water heating system:
The Standard Hot Water Heater
Standard hot water heater is usually the exact thing that you have if your home currently and is the cheapest way to get your hot water heating system back to the way you are used to. Standard hot water heaters are not the most cost efficient way to heat the water in your home but gets the job done. This option includes typical 30-40-75-100 gallon heaters. The higher the gallons needed the more expensive these get.
These types of hot water heating systems are nice when you need hot water fast and on demand. This hot water heating system has a neat feature built into it which is a exhaust fan motor built on the top the the system which allows the hot air the gas produces at the bottom of the equipment to cycle thru the heat exchanger faster allowing the water to heat up faster. This option is more expensive to install as there are special needs to be addressed when installing a high recovery hot water heating system like installing a electrical circuit to supply power to the “new” exhaust fan motor and the PVC discharge line going outside for proper venting. This option includes typical 30-40-75-100 gallon heaters. The higher the gallons needed the more expensive these get.
Tankless Hot Water Heater
This option has become the most popular option for customers wanting hot water on demand while saving alot of space by removing the old huge hot water tank and replacing it with a 2′ X 2′ wall mounted high recovery tankless hot water heater. This option is not the cheapest way to go but is relatively inexpensive depending on what type of water heater you need. Electric or Gas? Tankless water heaters come in a variety of GPM (gallons per minute) for all sizes of households. The more GPM typically means the more expensive the equipment.
If you are in Houston and need professional advice and/or installation of any of these hot water heating systems please visit our website or simply call to set up a free in home estimate today!
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FURNACES – We recommend having a safety inspection performed on your furnace before the winter season. Please see the 21 point inspection list below for what is included with our furnace safety inspection.
WATER HEATERS – We recommend having a safety inspection performed on your water heater once a year.
A water heater safety inspection includes:
• Inspect the tank for accumulated sediment.
• Check the condition of the anode rod.
• Check for proper flame and gas venting (gas models).
• Check the condition of the heating element (electric models).
• Check the pressure relief valve’s operation.
• Check the thermostat.
BENEFITS OF SAFETY INSPECTIONS:
• Longer Lasting Equipment
• Savings on Utility Bills
• Avoid Costly, Unexpected Emergencies
• Peace of Mind for Your Home and Family
21 POINT FURNACE/AIR CONDITIONING SAFETY CHECKLIST:
• Inspect Outside Coil
• Check Air Cleaner/Filter
• Tag All Valves and Place
Warranty Sticker on Equip.
• Check Refrigerant Levels
• Check Condensate
• Test Emerg. Shut-offs
and Electrical Disconnects
• Check Carbon Monoxide Levels • Check Humidifier Pads,
VV and Operations
• Check Fan Pulley and
• Check and Calibrate
Thermostat as Needed
• Test Electrical Contractor
• Test Electrical Capacitor
• Check & Test for Gas Leaks
• Check Burners for Corrosion
• Check Fan On/Off Delay • Check T-couple Fail/Sensor Timing
• Perform Motor Amp Test
• Check Draft Motor
• Perform High Limit Test
• Perform Vent Tests/Pressure Switch
• Perform Spill Switch Test
• Video Inspect Exchanger/
Having your boiler serviced on an annual basis not only can save you money, but it can also reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and costly repairs of faulty boilers.
Why service my Boiler?
It is important to get any boiler serviced regularly to ensure they are not only safe, but efficient as well. Having a regularly serviced boiler can reduce your fuel costs by up to 10% annually.
+Appliances that are not properly maintained can emit carbon monoxide, exposure to which can be fatal.
+Any faults or problems with your boiler can be identified early on, reducing the chance of expensive repairs further down the line.
Boiler Service Checklist:
When undergoing a boiler service, you should expect your engineer to carry out the following:
Stripping down and cleaning the boiler heat ex-changer.
Cleaning the oil burner.
Inspecting your boiler for wear and tear.
Renewing the nozzle and filter if needed.
Re-assembly and testing to OFTEC requirements.
Checking the condition of the oil tank to ensure it meets Environmental Law regulations
The autumn season can be quite busy for boiler services, as people switch their heating systems back on. When arranging your boiler service, the summer months may be a better option, especially since you will need to turn off your boiler an hour before the service, leaving you without heating for a short time.
Q: Replacing my older water heater isn’t in the budget right now. What can be done to make it run efficiently?
A: There are several easy and inexpensive ways to increase a water heater’s efficiency and longevity. Some things like adding insulation and setting the temperature have to be done only once. Others, such as flushing the tank and checking the anode rod, should be done annually.
The benefits of caring for your water heater are clear. Adding insulation reduces the heat loss by up to 45 percent and can cut as much as 10 percent off water-heating costs. Flushing sediment from the tank improves efficiency and longevity. And making sure a viable anode rod hangs in the tank will help prevent its inside from rusting out. A used-up rod is far cheaper to replace than a new heater.
Call a professional hot water heater technician to get your hot water heater looked at and serviced properly.