Best Water Heater Installation and Repair in Cincinnati

Heating your water is the 3rd largest energy user in the home.

Did you know that heating your water accounts for about 14% of your utility bill? That can be a large sum of money, so here are some things to think about before you purchase your new water heater.

Capacity, Energy Efficiency, and Cost

It is important to consider capacity when you choose the water heater for your home. The first-hour rating (FHR) is the amount of hot water (measured in gallons) that the water heater can supply in an hour when the tank is full. The most important factors in correctly sizing your water heater are the FHR and the tank size. A properly sized water heater will provide the hot water you need without over-producing, which means you will save money with lower energy usage. Call Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing and we will size and install your new water heater.

The energy efficiency of a storage water heater is indicated by its Energy Factor (EF). The EF value becomes higher as the efficiency of the water heater increases. However, a higher EF value doesn’t always mean it will operate at lower costs. You also have to consider the fuel sources. Choosing an Energy Star rated unit and a tank with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation is advised.

Remember to think about the operating cost of your water heater and not just the equipment cost. You may save money on the water heater but your utility bills may be higher.

Water Heater Flush

Flushing your water heater should be on your annual list of home maintenance, but you may not have even thought about it. By flushing your water heater, you can help extend its life as well as restore its efficiency which will help lower the energy usage and utility bills.

A 15‐year‐old water heater that’s never been flushed may have up to eight inches of sediment at the bottom of the tank. What does that mean? Well, there will eight fewer inches of hot water, and your home’s water is being heated in a tank with calcium, scale, rust, dirt, iron, and sulfuric‐smelling bacteria.

What can you expect during a water heater flush? One of our plumbers will shut off power to the water heater—if it is an electric heater—and turn off the heater’s water supply. The water and sediment is drained, the tank is rinsed, the water supply is turned back on, and the tank is refilled. This will help prevent clogged water lines and the buildup of minerals in your water heater tank.

While you can do a water heater flush on your own, you’ll be dealing with scalding hot water that could be under high pressure, and the heating element can be damaged if the flush is not  performed correctly. Call Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to schedule one of our experienced, licensed plumbers to take care of this for you.


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