Water Heaters, Pumps, and Pipes
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The cold water is ready to use whenever you please. However, the hot water goes through the water heater to make the water hot for you. Once the cold water moves in the water heater, a hot water line sends it to all the appliances and fixtures, ready to be used. The heater has a thermostat that warms the water at your chosen temperature.
If you’re interested in installing a water heater in your home, do not attempt it yourself. Our St Peters plumbing professionals are available for all your water heater needs. We do, however, encourage you to learn about the different types of water heaters and how to take care of them to increase the efficiency and lifespan of your device.
Types of Water Heaters
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There are a few options of water heaters to choose from:
Conventional Water Heaters
This is a very popular choice and features a basic design where the water is stored and heated in an insulated tank. Because it is not a very complex water heater, its initial and installation costs are low, making it perfect for those looking for a budget-friendly option. However, conventional water heaters come with a list of problems. They waste a lot of energy by continuously keeping the water warm. Moreover, they are large and may take up a lot of space. In addition, they are prone to rust and corrosion.
Tankless Water Heaters
Unlike conventional water heaters which come with a tank to store and heat warm water, tank-less water heaters instantly heat your water (using heated coils) the moment you demand it. Tankless water heaters are great to save up on energy costs. Because they only heat water when needed, they spend less energy. In addition, they are smaller in size, saving space. On the other hand, tankless water heaters are expensive to purchase and will only provide you with a limited water supply, making it hard for larger families to manage.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
These heaters work without generating heat by taking the heat in from their surroundings. They come with low initial costs, require less maintenance, and are efficient. However, they generally don’t last very long and acquire a lot of space.
Solar Water Heaters
These use solar energy to heat your water which is excellent since it’s a renewable energy source. It also means lower utility bills. Unfortunately, these heaters are not suited for places with lack of sunshine, and they require lots of rooftop space.
How to Maintain your Water Heater
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The average lifespan of a water heater is 8-12 years. However, you can lose your appliance early if you don’t take care of it properly. Here are a few ways to maintain your water heater:
Call your plumber to have them regularly inspect your water heater to ensure everything is in order. Catching problems early will make repairs more accessible and enhance the lifespan of your heater.
The anode rod in the water heater attracts all the minerals to prevent them from rusting the inside of the tank. This rod generally lasts around five years and must be replaced. Have your plumber make routine checks to protect your heater.
You must drain all the water from your water heater once a year and have your plumber clean it. Sediment can build up over time, lowering the efficiency of the appliance. Although sediment may not harm your heater, it is best to ensure it works at total capacity.
Insulating your tank is one of the best ways to maintain your water heater for these reasons.
- Insulation will prevent heat from escaping saving up on energy and bills
- Because the insulation will help keep the water warm, your water heater won’t have to put in any extra effort to heat the water, reducing the strain on the tank
Unless you need extra hot water, try keeping the temperature of your water heater lower than 120® as this will reduce energy wastage. In addition, it will protect you from acquiring any burns and injury from the hot water.
How to Protect Your Water Pipes
Your pipes connect your entire plumbing system. Therefore, taking care of them is crucial.
How to Maintain your Pumps
The best way to maintain your pumps is to check them regularly. Experts look out for the following signs during the pump maintenance session: