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A faulty water heater is a big annoyance in any home water system. Most households use hot water from the heater for their daily activities such as showers, hand washing and dishwashing, and even for laundry or other water-related activities.
When your heater is acting up or nearing the end of its lifespan, you need quick solutions to avoid being trapped without hot water in the house for days or even a week.
When you turn on the water do you sometimes get very hot water yet other times it’s lukewarm or cold? A heater with a fluctuating water temperature may be malfunctioning.
This is a common indicator of a failing water heater and we’ll discuss more in this article. However, you might want to consider the help of a plumber to examine the problem for you. If you can, recall the date you purchased the water heater.
Why are water heaters necessary?
The water heater is one of the most important pieces of equipment in today’s homes. It runs on a regular basis and consumes more power than any other household appliance. Every member of the family uses the water heater for personal usage as well as for different household duties. Most of us would find it extremely difficult to live without having hot water readily available.
Types Of Water Heaters
- Storage Tank Water Heater – This is the most common type of water heater and probably the one you are most familiar with. A tank is used to hold the water to be heated in this type of water heater. Therefore, the amount of hot water you are able to use at a time depends on the capacity of the tank. Water is kept warm in the tank until used by keeping it insulated when it heats up.
- Tankless Water Heater – A tankless water heater, as the name would suggest, has no tank. This water heater is usually known as an on-demand model because it heats water instantly as you need it, thanks to super-heated coils. For large families requiring a large amount of hot water at once, this is a good option for heating water quickly. Natural gas water heaters like these work well in homes that power their water heaters with natural gas, but larger models are less energy-efficient and require a larger gas line and more gas to run properly.
- Heat Pump Water Heater – Unlike other water heaters, this type uses both air and ground heat to heat water. Therefore, electricity is mainly used for moving heat from the ground or air to the water versus generating heat with electricity. The energy-saving effects of heat pump water heaters can be as much as 60 percent more than those of other types.
- Solar Powered Water Heater – Powered by roof-mounted solar panels, a solar-heated water heater is a highly efficient option that can save you a lot of money on your utility bills. With the closed-loop system, the energy is transferred from the material to the tank’s water, which is then heated. If you live in an area with sunny and warm weather, this is especially helpful. Water heaters with this system often require a backup plan, such as electricity or natural gas, so they can remain in operation during inclement weather.
- Condensing Water Heater – If your family’s home is primarily powered by natural gas, the condensing water heater may be the ideal choice. Unlike conventional water heaters, this type uses natural gas exhaust to heat the water, which is kept in a tank similar to the conventional one. The fumes from the gas are directed into a coil located at the bottom of the tank where they heat up the water. The process uses very little energy as a result.
How To Maintain A Water Heater
Maintaining your water heater may help you save money on heating bills, extend the tank’s lifespan and avoid costly repair expenditures in the future caused by negligence.
There are many simple, low-cost techniques to improve the operational efficiency and lifespan of a water heater by just increasing insulation and adjusting the temperature.
Another simple technique is to examine the TPR (Temperature Pressure Relief) valve and the anode rod:
- Drain the tank and remove sediment
- The temperature should be adjusted
- Wrap the pipes in insulation
Water Heater Replacement Warning Signs
Hot water is a luxury that’s become a must-have in contemporary living, especially on a chilly winter morning. The continuous flow of hot water is essential for many aspects of our everyday life. So it’s important to keep water heaters in good working order and to replace them whenever necessary. Typically the lifespan of a water heater is about ten years.
Here are the most frequent indications that you may need to upgrade your water heater:
- Rusty Water
- Loud, Rumbling Noises
- Inadequate Heating
Be Proactive and Pay Attention To The Warning Signs
Water is one of the most commonly used resources in any home. We rely on hot water for so many things so if your water heater fails for any reason, the problem must be resolved as quickly as possible for the safety and comfort of your whole family. Be proactive and avoid water heater breakdowns by maintaining your water heater properly. If the day comes that you need to repair or replace your water heater, seek the help of a plumber to make sure it gets done properly.
About the author;
Devon Graham is a blogger in Toronto. He graduated with honors from the University of British Columbia with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing. Devon Graham is a community manager for small businesses across Canada. He also likes to research various topics related to pets, foods, plumbing and business solutions.