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What You Need To Know About Water Heaters

Fun fact time: did you know that Pittsburgh was the first area of the country to have water heaters? After Norwegian mechanical engineer Edwin Ruud created the first tank water heater, he brought the idea to the U.S. and boom, landed in Pittsburgh. It must have been the Primanti sandwiches that brought him here.

 

Now that we’ve started throwing water heater facts at you, it’s time to ask yourself: how much do you know about your current water heater, or the best option of water heaters for your own home? Though they’re in no way “cheap,” making sure that you have the best service and the best quality is our top priority.

 

Besides being here to install and maintain all of your water heater needs, we’re also here to answer any and all water heater questions.

 

What is the difference between a tankless water heater and a tank water heater?

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand or instant water heaters, can be a smart long-term investment. Tankless water heaters will last about 18-20 years while tank water heaters will last 10-12 years. Also, Tankless water heaters produce an endless supply of hot water, take up less space, have a lower risk of leaking, are safer, and have a significantly longer lifespan on average.

 

However, the thing to note about a tankless water heater is that the upfront cost is significantly higher than a tank water heater. However, the benefit is knowing that overtime, this piece of equipment will cost you less than a tank water heater.

 

How often should your water heater be serviced?

It’s extremely important to make sure your water heater is checked often. It’s ideal to drain your water heater fully every two months in order to remove any sentiments that the heater has collected. It’s also important to take note of where your heater is installed and consistently check to make sure there is nothing flammable kept within the vicinity of the heater.

 

How do I know which water heater is best for my home?

The ideal thing to keep an eye on when selecting a new water heater, or upgrading an old one, is making sure that whichever one you choose does its job efficiently. Picking a system that takes less energy will overall cost you less money in the long run.

 

There is also size and fuel source to take into consideration for your home. Depending on where your water heater will be installed, this can determine what type of fuel is used, as well as the ideal size. Our trained professionals are proficient in helping you select the best equipment and services needed for your space.

 

If you have any additional questions about your water heater or want to inquire about replacing your current one, be sure to contact us at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

 

LINKS REFERENCED:

https://www.timothyoffheating.com/about/blog/just-for-fun/15-fun-facts-water-heaters/

https://prudentreviews.com/tankless-water-heaters-pros-and-cons/

http://www.waterheatermedic.com/how-often-should-i-have-my-water-heater-inspected/

https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/water-heating/selecting-new-water-heater