If you’re a homeowner in the Greater Phoenix AZ area, chances are you’re familiar with water heaters. As common as this home system may be, there is a lot people don’t know! Here are three things that everyone should know.
1. Let’s start with the basics.
All water heaters stem from two fuel types: gas or electric. Gas water heaters are a bit more expensive up front than its electric counterpart, but can be cheaper to operate in the long run. It will require (you guessed it) a dedicated gas supply line in either natural gas (NG) or liquid propane (LP) and venting for the exhaust that it creates. As far as operation goes, imagine a big pot of water with a burner below it, heating the water from the bottom up.
Electric water heaters are powered by either a 120V or a 220V supply, depending on the size and element output of the unit. It does not require any venting, and most units are very cost efficient to operate. These water heaters have either one or two elements (upper and lower) which heat the water in the tank in two places, delivering hot water to you quicker.
2. You don’t have to stick solely to a traditional water heater.
While the norm is still the tank-type style, there is another option–tankless. While much smaller in size, it can certainly hold its own against the big guys in regards to hot water output. A potential downfall of these units is that it is recommended to install a water softener ahead of it, since hard water can affect these quicker than a traditional style can. The benefit though, will be softened water throughout the home’s entire plumbing system.
3. All water heaters will require periodic maintenance throughout their lifespan.
To reduce the amount of limescale buildup inside the tank, it’s always a good idea to drain it completely every 4-6 months, depending on your water hardness. If your water heater starts to make strange sounds–popping, gurgling, or boiling–make sure to call a professional immediately as these are signs that limescale is wreaking havoc on the system.
If you’d like to talk to someone about these three things, or anything else related, we encourage you to Contact Us!