Hot Water Tank Installation & Service
Finding licensed HVAC contractors who specialize in hot water tank installation and service is very important. It's right when our hot water heater stops working we realize how vital that unit is for our daily comfort. Here are three scenarios when a good HVAC contractor is worth their weight in gold.
Hot Water Tank Installation
Modern technology gives us the comfort of taking a hot water shower or bath. It helps us wake up in the morning, clean our bodies, and start the day. A DIYer who is comfortable with their tools can venture installing a new tank by themselves, but we suggest you leave it to us!
In most cases, hiring a pro is the best way to go. The job seems simple and straightforward. It becomes complicated quickly when a homeowner doesn't have the proper tools or knowledge. This is why hiring licensed HVAC contractor with field experience is so valuable and can save you time.
Hot Water Tank Service
If a proper tank installation is essential, so is a reliable hot water tank service. It helps you by increasing the life span of your hot water heater. An average gas hot water tank lasts from 8 to 12 years, an electric, 10 to 15. But if you fail to maintain it properly, you will suffer from decreased efficiency and a shorter life span.
This is why hot water tank repair is so necessary. By hiring experienced contractors, you are also hiring their experience in finding, identifying, and solving problems. It takes expert eyes to find hot water tank leaks, blown fuses, circuit breakers, bad overload switches, faulty thermostats, and so on. Plus, a good contractor will know right away what needs to be done. And you can save a lot of money by avoiding a premature tank replacement.
Hot Water Tank Replacement
However, if the time comes and you do need a hot water tank replacement, the best advice you can follow is to buy an Energy Star certified tank. Water heaters are responsible for 22% of an average home annual energy bill.
The Energy Star label gives the annual cost to operate the unit. So, it's easy to know how long it takes for an "expensive" unit to pay for itself with its energy savings.
Tank replacement time also offers the opportunity to switch fuel types. You can usually choose between electricity or gas. As a rule of thumb, electric tanks are cheaper to buy and costlier to operate. On the other hand, gas-fueled hot water tanks have a higher starting cost and a lower ongoing cost.
Another alternative you may find interesting is a tankless water heater. The heating device in these units is fueled by electricity, propane, or gas. Gas tankless water heaters usually have a higher heating capacity than electric ones.
The main benefit of tankless water heaters is saying goodbye to that wasted time waiting for the tank to refill and heat the water. In a tankless unit, the water is heated as it is supplied to your shower immediately.
These units have a higher starting cost. On the other hand, you get even more energy savings. That comes from the fact these tanks do not need to keep a 40-gallon tank heated up at 2 am when no one needs (or uses) hot water. Add that to all 365 days of the year, and the energy savings quickly make up the price difference.
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While a good DIYer can tackle simple fixes with a small toolbox and some patience to tinker around, it is worth hiring a pro for the bigger jobs. You get to rely on their experience before making big-ticket choices, and you might even save money with ongoing costs.