Water Heater Installation and Repair
Did you know that performing yearly maintenance on your water heater can help extend its life? Water flushes, cleaning burners or elements and checking safety valves are good preventative measures.
How does a water heater work?
As hot water is pushed from the tank to fill the need of a sink or shower, cold water fills into the tank to keep it full. Water is heated using electrical elements or a gas burner depending on the type of water tank installed. The water heater tank also serves as storage for prepared hot water until it is needed. If you have a tankless water heater, the unit will heat water on demand allowing you to have a limitless amount of hot water.
How do you tell the difference between an electric and gas powered water heater?
There are several differences between an electric and gas powered water heater. Electric powered water heaters will have no exhaust fan or vent and will be wired directly. Electric units generally take longer to heat.
Gas powered water heaters need an exhaust vent to dispose of any gasses omitted while burning gas to heat the water. You will see a large exhaust pipe coming out of the gas powered tank.
How much does it cost to replace a gas hot water heater?
Costs of replacement depend on size and type of unit. Gas and electric units are typically similar in price but the real cost difference is in the annual operating costs. Historically, electricity has been more expensive to use thus causing the cost of ownership of an electric water heater to be more over time. However, the corrosive nature of running a gas fueled tank can take its toll on a water heater causing the life expectancy of a gas powered tank to be less than an electric one.