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Your quality of life can be greatly influenced by your choice of water heaters . Homeowners may want to install these units themselves; however, hiring a professional contractor can ensure the efficiency and safety of the water heater. Let us help you find a contractor in our network to help you by filling in our free quote form.

Types of Water Heaters

There are several different types of water heaters, and each one has its own advantages and considerations. A few of the most common water heater models include:

  • Gas - Consists of a long cylinder-shaped tank that uses propane or natural gas to heat the water inside it
  • Electric - Similar to a gas water heater with the exception being that electricity heats the water inside the tank
  • Solar - Placed in the ground and uses solar panels to heat water before it is dispersed
  • Tankless - May operate on either gas or electricity and involves heating the water as it flows into the house
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Choosing the Right Water Heaters

There are several factors to consider when choosing a water heater. The biggest consideration is usually the size of the appliance, since smaller units may not provide enough hot water for large families. This consideration is eliminated when choosing a tankless water heater, since this equipment provides an endless amount. In areas where gas is in short supply, electric models could be better choices. Solar tanks can be ideal for primitive locations where electricity is unavailable. The type of warranty offered and a unit’s energy-efficiency rating should be considered as well.

Water Heater Maintenance

Water heaters require regular maintenance no matter which type is chosen. The tank should be flushed periodically in order to keep it clean; tankless models will require the entire system to be flushed out. Lime can also build up inside the pipes or the heater’s element and eventually corrode the parts inside. To prevent this, lime should be removed from the drain valve and the elements at least once a year. It might also be necessary to have an approved electrician inspect the wiring every few years and replace any sections that are rusted or corroded.

Safety Considerations

Water heaters should be placed in an area where children cannot access them since they could become burned if they touch them. Electric units should only be installed if the right circuitry is in place to accommodate them. Gas models should not be placed near open flames since they contain a pilot light. There should be a shut-off valve located near the tank so that the water supply can be turned off in case of an emergency.

Water Heater Installation

Water heater installation may seem like a relatively minor chore, but it is actually more difficult than many people realize. As a result, it can be important to use a professional contractor to install this equipment, since it often involves handling electrical wiring. Water heaters are also heavy and require two or more people to lift them. Individuals who try to maneuver them into position by themselves risk having a back injury by doing so. Units that are improperly installed could leak, damage floor joists because of their weight or fail to heat water properly.

Water Heater Costs

Several things figure into the cost of water heaters, but the biggest one is the size of the equipment. Generally speaking, the higher the capacity is, the more the unit will cost. Tankless water heaters are more expensive, but also provide greater energy savings. The need to run wiring or gas lines will affect an installation estimate as well. Solar water heaters can be expensive to install since some digging is required, but they provide free hot water and can easily pay for themselves in a short period of time.

Your water heater questions answered

Where are water heaters installed?

Water heaters are installed in residential, commercial and industrial areas to provide hot water in those spaces. The size and type of the hot water heater installed will depend upon the need of the client.

What types of hot water heaters are there?

Individuals can utilise electric, gas or oil hot water heaters, depending upon their personal needs and opinion. A customer service representative can go over the needs of the individual and make recommendations based on that.

How much do water heaters cost?

Traditional tanked water heaters will usually cost around £150-£300, where more advanced tank-less water heaters can cost up to twice that much. These prices do not include installation or labour costs.

Can I replace an existing water heater myself?

As long as the pipes and ducts that run to and from the water heater are still intact, then yes you can probably replace it yourself. We do however, recommend calling a professional just in case of injury or incident.

Is it difficult to switch from a gas to an electric water heater or vice versa?

That will largely depend on the condition of your wiring and plumbing lines. When switching from electric to gas, you’ll also need to ensure you have gas utility lines available.

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