Prevent Water Heater Repairs

There’s nothing more frustrating than discovering – usually in the midst of showering – that the water heater is no longer working. Sometimes it is discovered when you turn on the faucet and only get cold water and other times it can be discovered because of an unpleasant smell. Either way, dealing with a lack of hot water is not much fun!

But even more discouraging than the lack of hot water, is knowing that replacing the water heater is likely to be costly – whether it is the entire tank, or just having repair work done. Consequently, it is important to know some basic steps to take to keep water hear repairs at a minimum.

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Traditional Hot Water Tank

Tips for Preventing Water Heater Repairs:

  1. Be sure that your water heater’s temperature is not set any higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only will having it higher mean that your utility bill will be more expensive, but making it worker harder means that there is more wear and tear on the various parts.
  1. At least twice a year, check the pressure relief valve to make sure it is not corroded. Catching leaks or corrosion early means less chance of future problems.
  1. Schedule a maintenance visit with a plumber at least once a year to make sure all the parts and pieces are working properly.
  1. Check to see that there is plenty of ventilation – especially if you have a gas heater! If the vents are not properly working your home can be invaded by toxic fumes.
  1. Twice a year, take time to drain the water heater to remove any sediment. If sediment is allowed to build up it can result in an assortment of problems. You can drain the tank by first placing a 5-gallon bucket below the drain valve, then turning the valve counter-clockwise to release a few gallons of water into the bucket. Then close the valve and proceed as usual.
  1. Test the temperature and pressure valve by lifting up the lever part way and then letting it snap back into place. You should hear a gurgling sound that indicates that there was some water released into the drain pan. If you don’t hear anything, then it is time to replace the valve.
  1. If you have a gas water heater, make time at least once a quarter to ensure the pilot light is lit, and to remove any soot build up.

So, don ‘t wait until your water heater needs to be repaired– start taking care of it today to get the longest lifespan possible from your home water heater. Still have questions, give Adams Design Construction a call – 608-241-9009 – we’re here to help!

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Tankless Hot Water Heaters

We all know hot water is very much a necessity. Most of us have water heaters at home and do not give it a second thought, we just assume we will have hot water on a daily basis until…you are standing in the shower and the water goes cold because someone in the other part of the house decides to turn on the water, or there is just no hot water at all.  It may be time consider replacing your traditional tank-water heater with a tankless hot water tank.

Let’s discuss the advantage’s of replacing your old hot water tank with a Tankless water heater. Have you found yourself scratching your head when the electric bill comes, most of us have. Depending on your household size and use, your conventional hot water tank can drive your electric bills through the roof.

Did you know that most conventional heaters make up for almost 20% of your household energy consumption. Think about this for a moment 20% is a lot of consumption when you begin thinking about the different household items that make up your electric bill…clothes dryers, stoves, heat, washing machines, lights, hair dryers and the list goes on. So when you think about it on this level 20% for the use of hot water is quite a bit of your electric bill..

Lets review some of the reasons why installing a tankless heater could be very beneficial:

Tankless hot water heaters are energy efficient. You can cut your heating cost to up to 30%. Now think about this for a moment…If your hot water is costing you up to 20% on a conventional hot water tank and your saving up to 30% on a tankless hot water system and the tankless is also eco -friendly well, this sounds pretty beneficial.

Tankless hot water heaters work differently from the conventional water heaters. With a Tankless water system the water is heated only when it is needed. When you turn on the faucet that is when the Tankless heating system kicks in and at the same time the water is heated (using a heating element). That is why a Tankless hot water system is also called “Instantaneous or Demand. “  It creates a constant flow of hot water, so this allows everyone in your home to have hot water at the same time!  Wow….no more being deprived of hot water in your home.
And keep in mind tankless water heaters are safer because the system does not store water which can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

So, if it’s time to replace your hot water heater, check out tankless hot water heaters.  it will save you money and it can last up to 20 years and still maintain its efficiency!

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Traditional Hot Water Tank

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Tankless Hot Water Heater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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