4 Signs You Might Need a New Water Heater
1. Rust – rust on water heaters is indicative that there is corrosion. The same is true if you see rust in your hot water coming from the tap.
2. Sediment Build Up – This is indicated if you are unable to drain water through the drain valve.
3. Leaks – a leaking hot water tank is rarely repairable.
4. Not Heating Properly – if your water isn’t getting hot, something is surely wrong. It may or may not be repairable.
If you have any of these indicators, call our service department today (800-562-0220) or fill out this form to set up an appointment to check your water heater.
A New Water Heater Should Do 2 Things:
• Provide enough hot water for your family
• Do so efficiently and save you money
In satisfying those 2 requirements, there are some options to consider. These include the different types of water heaters available and determining the right size and fuel source for your home.
At Dixon, we’ve been installing water heaters for as long as there have been water heaters! We are happy to help you figure all that out in the course of a short conversation.
Types of Water Heaters
It’s good to know the different types of water heaters available:
- Conventional storage water heaters offer a ready reservoir (storage tank) of hot water. They are the most popular type of water heating system for the home. A single-family storage water heater offers from 20 to 80 gallons of hot water. It operates by releasing hot water from the top of the tank when you turn on the hot water tap. To replace that hot water, cold water enters the bottom of the tank, ensuring that the tank is always full.Conventional storage water heater fuel sources include natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and electricity.
- Tankless or demand-type water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. Also known as instantaneous water heaters, they provide hot water only as it is needed. They don’t produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters, which might save you money. Sometimes, however, even the largest model cannot supply enough hot water for simultaneous, multiple uses in large households.
- Indirect water heaters use a home’s space heating system to heat water. Indirect water heaters are a more efficient choice for most homes, even though they require a storage tank. It uses the main furnace or boiler to heat a fluid that’s circulated through a heat exchanger in the storage tank. The energy stored by the water tank allows the furnace to turn off and on less often, which saves energy. An indirect water heater, if used with a high-efficiency boiler and well-insulated tank, can be the least expensive means of providing hot water.