Key Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home
Heating your water is the 3rd largest energy-using process in the home. Water heating accounts for about 14% of your utility bill. This is a large investment, so here are some things that you need to know to make an informed decision when choosing a water heater.
- Capacity. Capacity is critical in choosing the correct water heater for your home. The first-hour rating (FHR) is the amount of hot water in gallons that the water heater can supply in an hour when the tank is full. This is a very important factor in correctly sizing your water heater. If the water heater tank is too small, you won’t have enough hot water to meet your needs. If it is over-sized, it will heat more water than you use which increases your energy usage and utility bills. Call Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to learn what size fits your needs and to install the correct water heater in your home.
- Energy Efficiency. The energy efficiency of a storage water heater is indicated by its Energy Factor (EF). The more efficient the water heater the higher the EF rating. However, just because a water heater has a higher EF value, it doesn’t always mean it will have lower operating costs. You also have to consider the fuel source. Choosing a tank with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation and an Energy Star rating is advisable.
- Cost. While the cost of the water heater itself is important, don’t ignore the operating cost. You may save money on the equipment but pay more to the utility company.
Louisville Water Heater Repair
If your water heater is acting up and providing you with less than ideal service, it’s probably time to call a professional. Older homes in Louisville, KY tend to have potential hazards like leaks related to the age of their water heaters. Water heater tanks can become a safety concern if the problem is left unattended. Schedule a time for one of our experts to come out to repair your water heater. If it’s an emergency, please call us right away at (502) 324-1257 .
Louisville Water Heater Maintenance
Your water heater should be flushed once a year. If you’re like most, you’ve never even thought about it, but flushing your water heater can help it last longer and could save you money on energy costs by restoring the efficiency of the water heater. If you have a 15‐year‐old water heater that’s never been flushed, it may have up to eight inches of sediment at the bottom of the tank. That means eight fewer inches of hot water, not to mention the fact that your tap water is being heated in a tank with calcium, scale, rust, dirt, iron, and sulfuric‐smelling bacteria.
A water heater flush is a simple process; one of our plumbers will shut off power to the water heater—if it is an electric heater—and turn off the heater’s water supply. After draining and rinsing all water and sediment from the water heater tank, the water supply is turned back on and the tank is refilled. This process will help prevent clogged water lines and buildup of mineral deposits in your water heater.
Although a water heater flush can be a do‐it‐yourself project, you’ll be dealing with scalding hot water, potentially under high pressure, and may run the risk of damaging your tank’s heating element if the flush is not performed correctly. Call Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to arrange for one of our licensed plumbers to evaluate your water heater to determine if flushing the system is right for you. There are times that a flush could potentially cause more harm than good. If our licensed plumber determines a flush is best, he will quickly and efficiently handle this process for you.
Louisville Water Heater Replacement / Installation
Your water heater is a major energy consumer in your home. Most water heaters are built to last for 8-12 years. If your water heater exceeds that age range, you should consider replacing it with a newer, more energy efficient model. Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers service on all brands, sizes, and models of water heaters in Louisville. We can install any type of water heater and make a professional recommendation based on your specific needs. We have an outstanding complete guarantee on water heater installations that are above and beyond industry standards.