One of the most important pieces of equipment in your home is your hot water heater. It provides reliable heated water for your family throughout the year, ensuring you always have what you need to take a nice hot shower, wash clothes, or do the dishes. So, when your hot water heater stops working or you notice a drop off in the capacity in your system, it may be time for repairs or replacement.
Regardless of what problems you have with your hot water supply, contact Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for immediate assistance. Our team of highly trained Nashville area experts will walk you through the process of choosing a maintenance plan or new hot water system for your home.
Did you know that the less hot water you use, the more energy you save? Your water heater can account for a significant amount of your home’s energy usage, so you can save energy by using less hot water. An easy way to do this is to use cold water when you only need the water for a short period of time. When you turn the hot water on and off quickly, your hot water heater will probably be unable to heat the water quickly enough to reach the faucet before you turn it off.
Tank Hot Water Heaters
The most common form of hot water heating is a traditional tank system. A tank water heater is generally very effective and provides reliable hot water for your home. If you haven’t bought a new hot water heater in some time, you’ll be surprised by how much more energy efficient today’s tank models are than just a few years ago.
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a tank hot water heater, however. First, you must consider hot water tank capacity. Every home has a certain amount of water it will use in one hour. This is how hot water tanks are measured – their one hour peak capacity. If you turn on every shower, hot water faucet and dishwasher in your home for an hour, how much hot water do you need? The realistic amount your home uses will help determine how big of a tank you’ll need.
Tank hot water heaters, while more efficient than they once were, are still not the best options around. They use fuel to heat water continuously, whether you’re using it or not. So, even if you don’t use hot water all day, you’re paying money to heat it for no reason. You can take some steps to reduce the consumption, such as cutting the holding temperature to just 120°F instead of 140°F and cleaning your tank once every 6 months.
Tankless Water Heaters
However, regardless of how frequently you clean your tank and where you keep the temperature, you’ll still always use energy to keep the water hot whether it’s in use or not. That’s why tankless hot water heaters are becoming so popular.
These systems work by heating the water only when you need it. Rather than storing water in a tank and constantly using energy to keep it hot, a tankless system flash heats water when a fixture calls for it. There is often a short delay, so you’ll need to be a little more patient, but a tankless water heater will work as long as is needed to keep your water warm. And when you don’t use your hot water at all while on vacation or a weekend away, you’ll save a lot of money.
Water Heater Installation
Once you’ve selected a type of hot water heater, you’ll need a professional to install it. The process requires careful measurement of your water needs, placement of the system and recalibration of the heating source.
To ensure you get the best service possible, contact Hiller today. Our Nashville metropolitan area water heater technicians work closely with homeowners to choose and install water heaters that fit their specific needs. Whether you’re ready to start the installation process now or you’d first like to discuss your options more in–depth with a technician, call us today.