Without water heaters, modern families would be stuck heating up water for dishes, hand washing, and bathing on the stove, yet many homeowners neglect to consider how much these devices improve their families’ lives. As a result, they often pay little attention to their water heaters unless something has gone seriously wrong, and they have stopped working entirely. That’s a mistake, because adequate maintenance and timely repairs, coupled with a high-efficiency water heater, can save them a lot of money in the long run.
Experts recommend scheduling maintenance visits at least once per year. These visits ensure that the unit is operating efficiently, decreases the chances of expensive breakdowns, and ensures that any problems are diagnosed early when they can still be repaired.
During a maintenance visit, the technician will change filters, flush the tank to remove the sediment buildup, check electrical or gas connections, test the valves, adjust the thermostat, check for leaks, and more. While homeowners can technically perform some of these maintenance tasks or themselves, provided they’ve got some experience as home handymen and have all the right tools on-hand, it’s better to call Water Heater Services in Boise, Idaho for help. Homeowners may be able to flush tanks and change filters, but few will know how to recognize potential problems and replace parts.
Breakdowns become more common as these appliances age, but issues can come up at any time. Some homeowners’ first instinct is to just replace the water heater every time something goes wrong. That’s often a mistake, as repairing the most common problems is actually much more affordable.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to keep the water heater if the cost of repairs will be less than half the cost of replacement, and it usually is. Here are a few common signs it’s time to call a repair technician:
The components most likely to fail in a gas heater are its pilot, thermocouple, and gas control valves. On electric units, the thermostat and heating elements are likely culprits. No matter what type of water heater a homeowner has, a repair technician should be able to identify the underlying problem quickly and recommend the most cost-efficient solution.
There are many reasons to upgrade a water heater. Serious breakdowns like leaky hot water tanks almost always require replacing the unit, but not all homeowners wait until their water heaters are broken to install new ones.
As families grow, their existing water heaters may no longer provide sufficient hot water to meet everyone’s needs, for example. Water heaters also lose efficiency over time, which means homeowners can sometimes save money by upgrading to a more efficient model.
The most important things to consider when choosing a new water heater are its efficiency rating and its ability to provide consistent hot water for the whole family. Here are a few types of heaters homeowners may want to consider:
Gas water heaters are one of the least expensive options in terms of initial installation costs. Keep in mind that large-capacity tanks and energy-efficiency upgrades typically cost more, though, and gas water heaters may not last as long. They also require a hookup to either a municipal gas line or a gas storage tank, so it makes little sense to switch to a gas water heater from an electric model.
Electric water heaters with storage tanks cost about as much to install as tankless heaters. They cost more to operate over time, though, so they’re not as popular as gas heaters. Install an electric model with a tank only if the home doesn’t have a gas hookup and a tankless heater is prohibitively expensive.
Tankless heaters are more expensive to install, but they provide hot water on-demand and they run more efficiently. They’re also smaller, so they can fit almost anywhere.
Whether homeowners want to replace an aging water heater, repair a newer model, or just schedule an annual inspection and maintenance visit, we can help. Browse the website to learn more or call (208) 732-1211 today.
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