Homes that are comfortable and tidy needs hot water tanks. They assist with everything, including washing your clothes and dishes. In some structures, hot water tanks also control indoor temperature.
We at Order a Plumber have a fair amount of knowledge about water tanks. It's crucial to us when working with clients in the Long Island region that they are aware of their options and the necessary safety precautions when it comes to hot water tank replacement and repair.
Here, we'll discuss briefly about some frequently asked questions we get and what your plumbers might not be saying.
1. What Is My Tank's Energy Efficiency?
Like many other appliances, water heaters are becoming greener. This is crucial as the world struggles with climate change and we work to lessen our carbon footprints.
Energy-efficient tanks do more than save the world. They save your wallet as well. The fact that investing in energy-efficient appliances would ultimately save money is something that many homeowners are unaware of.
Sometimes the higher price serves as a deterrent. Selecting a less expensive unit will save you money up front, but it might add that money back to your power bill.
Efficiency of water tanks is measured by the energy factor, or EF. Your hot water's energy is divided by the heater's energy consumption during a 24-hour period.
2. What Role Does Preventative Maintenance Play?
A hot water tank will typically last 10 to 15 years. Preventative maintenance is one of several elements that affect the tank's lifespan.
Homeowners rarely like to spend money on preventative maintenance, but they should make time. Why? Because it indicates that your hot water tank is currently in good condition. Spending money on a problem-free appliance is not always easy. You should get it serviced to keep it operating without issues.
Every year, water tanks should be inspected. At this time, the technician will examine items like:
- Accumulated Sediment
- Anode Rod
- Pressure Valve
- Fuel Or Source Of Energy
The tank might need to be cleansed to wipe away any silt if that is a problem. As required, other parts can be fixed or replaced.
3. How Do I Choose The Right Tank Size?
The volume of water you wish to heat for your home will determine the size of the tank. This question is vague, but the response depends on the size of the house, the number of bathrooms, the number of occupants, and whether you require additional water heating.
A typical water tank has a capacity of 25 to 50 gallons. Tankless heaters, which operate without a tank and rapidly heat water as needed, are another alternative. This is a different choice that you should talk about with your plumber or salesperson.
4. What Will Happen To My Old Tank?
Old water tanks cannot simply be thrown out with this week's garbage bags on the curb. They are excessively heavy and difficult to transport and too big for garbage trucks. It is not advised that you attempt to lift a hot water tank by yourself.
You might be able to get some advice from your plumber on how to take the tank out and get rid of it. You can also get in touch with nearby recycling businesses. For no charge or a modest fee, many of them will come and pick up the tank for you.
5. Is Replacing My Tank Cheaper Or Should I Repairing It?
This entirely depends on the tank's age and the issue you're having with it. It might be worthwhile to replace a part if it has to be replaced and your tank is only five years old. It is preferable to replace a water tank that is over 12 years old.
The 50% rule is another technique to decide if something is simpler to replace or repair. It is preferable to get a new hot water tank if restoring the old one will cost you more than half as much. Why? Because while though that one repair might buy you a few more years, it might also be the first of many.
To Find Out More, Call Order A Plumber
We can assist Long Island residents who require hot water tank repair or replacement. Reach out to us today to talk with a knowledgeable member of our staff. Additionally, you can look at our services online.