How to Choose the Right Water Heater for Your Home
Water heating accounts for about 14% of your utility bill. Heating your water is the 3rd largest energy-using process in the home. This is a large investment, so here are some things that you need to know to make an informed decision when choosing a water heater.
- Capacity. Capacity is critical in choosing the correct water heater for your home. A top factor in correctly sizing your water heater is the FHR (first-hour rating) is the number of gallons of hot water that the water heater can supply in an hour when the tank is full. If the water heater tank is too small, you won’t have enough hot water to meet your needs. If it is over-sized, it will heat more water than you use which increases your energy usage and utility bills. Call Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to learn what size fits your needs and to install the correct water heater in your home.
- Energy Efficiency. Choosing a tank with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation and an Energy Star rating is advisable. The energy efficiency of a storage water heater is indicated by its Energy Factor (EF). The more efficient the water heater the higher the EF rating. However, just because a water heater has a higher EF value, it doesn’t always mean it will have lower operating costs. You also have to consider the fuel source.
- Cost. The upfront cost of the water heater itself is important, don’t ignore the operating cost. You may save money on the equipment but pay more to the utility company.
Cincinnati Water Heater Repair
Older homes in Cincinnati, OH tend to have potential hazards like leaks related to the age of their water heaters. Water heater tanks can become a safety concern if the problem is left unattended. If your water heater is acting up and providing you with less than ideal service, it’s probably time to call a professional. Schedule a time for one of our experts to come out to repair your water heater. If it’s an emergency, please call us right away at (513) 327-2578 .
Cincinnati Water Heater Maintenance
If you’re like most people, you’ve never even thought about it, but flushing your water heater can help it last longer and could save you money on energy costs by restoring the efficiency of the water heater. Your water heater should be flushed once a year. If you have a 15‐year‐old water heater that’s never been flushed, it may have up to eight inches of sediment at the bottom of the tank. That means eight fewer inches of hot water, not to mention the fact that your tap water is being heated in a tank with calcium, scale, rust, dirt, iron, and sulfuric‐smelling bacteria.
Although a water heater flush can be a do‐it‐yourself project, but you’ll be dealing with scalding hot water, potentially under high pressure, and may run the risk of damaging your tank’s heating element if the flush is not performed correctly. Call Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to arrange for one of our licensed plumbers to evaluate your water heater to determine if flushing the system is right for you. There are times that a flush could potentially cause more harm than good. If our licensed plumber determines a flush is best, he will quickly and efficiently handle this process for you.
Flushing a hot water heater is a simple process; 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. After draining and rinsing all water and sediment from the water heater tank, the water supply is turned back on and the tank is refilled. This process will help prevent clogged water lines and buildup of mineral deposits in your water heater.
Cincinnati Water Heater Replacement / Installation
Most water heaters are built to last for 8-12 years and are a major energy consumer in your home. If your water heater exceeds that age range, you should consider replacing it with a newer, more energy efficient model. Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing offers service on all brands, sizes, and models of water heaters in Cincinnati. We can install any type of water heater and make a professional recommendation based on your specific needs. We have an outstanding complete guarantee on water heater installations that are above and beyond industry standards.