Water Heater Installation
Considering how important it is to have water heater installation completed correctly for the operational safety of your home and the comfort of your family, it’s critical to seek out the installation of a water heater by qualified professionals.
Water Heater Installation Types
While water heaters with storage tanks are the most commonly installed water heater in homes today, other types make sense given the situation. Additional types of water heating equipment include tankless water heaters, heat pump water heaters or hybrid water heaters, condensing water heaters and solar water heaters. The optimal type of water heater depends on the household size, and concerns about upfront cost, hot water capacity and energy efficiency.
Check the warranty of your current water heater to determine if it’s time to replace your old water heater for a newer and more energy-efficient model. Take advantage of knowledgeable industry experts who can explain with you the latest first-hour rating rating (FHR) for tank heaters, gallons-per-minute rating for on-demand water heaters, the latest energy efficiency standards and capacity options.
When Water Heaters Need to Be Replaced
Even if your water heater remains under the warranty period, there may be situations in which it must be replaced. Probably the most serious problem—one in which you should shut off the water supply and have the unit replaced right away, is a leaking water tank caused by excessive corrosion. A water heater is a fairly sophisticated piece of technology that combines plumbing, electricity and often times a fuel source such as natural gas. Other common problems of water heaters include defective temperature and pressure relief valves, bad heating elements, electrical problems, malfunctioning gaskets and leaks from incoming plumbing sources.
Experts in water heating installation and repair are available to discuss with you which type, size and manufacturer are best depending on the method of heating: electricity, gas, oil or the sun.
There are several features that you should look for in a water heater, including:
- Warranties, which generally last two to 12 years.
- Electronic displays to observe how the unit is working and to set various modes.
- Valve material. Brass drain valves and fittings hold up and last longer than composite or plastic fixtures.
- Glass-lined tanks, which prevent rust and corrosion.
- Devices to reduce mineral scale build-up in the tank bottom.