Best Water Heater Installation and Repair in Louisville

Heating your water is the 3rd largest energy user 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.

Capacity, Energy Efficiency, and Cost

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 and the tank size are very important factors in correctly sizing your water heater. Proper sizing provides you the hot water that you need without over-producing which would increase your energy usage and utility bills. Call Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to learn what size fits your needs and to install the water heater in your home.

The energy efficiency of a storage water heater is indicated by its Energy Factor (EF). The more efficient the water heater the higher EFs . 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 sources. Choosing a tank with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation and an Energy Star rating is also advisable.

While cost of the water heater is important, don’t ignore the operating cost. You may save money on the equipment but pay more to the utility company.

Water Heater Flush

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 counteract the 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 quickly and efficiently handle this process for you.


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