Nothing says “civilization” like hot water. It’s both a necessity and a luxury, a privilege and a staple of modern life. Who wants to live in a home without hot water? That’s why water heaters are one of the most important pieces of plumbing in your home.
At Boydco Plumbing, we understand the pivotal role a water heater plays in your home, and how it important it is that you take care of it. Here are five things that you need to know about your water heater.
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Water heaters use up about ¼ of your home’s energy. This usage comes from your water heater heating up water for showers, washing dishes, laundry, and more. The average American household uses between 80 to 120 gallons of hot water a day. Tankless water heaters tend to be more energy efficient but also don’t let you use as much hot water as a typical tank heater would
A water heater is a good investment because they’re built to last. A standard tank water heater should last you anywhere from 10-13 years. A tankless water heater will last even longer: They average around 18-20 years.
Water heaters have been dogged for decades with the perception that they’re prone to blowing up. This is exaggerated: The truth is that while it IS possible for a water heater to explode, this is pretty easy to prevent. So long as you properly maintain your heater you should have nothing to worry about. You just have to make sure to regulate your temperature and psi, and to regularly check for signs of rust or the smell of leaking gas.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Heaters can come in several different sizes. Some of the most common models include “lowboys” and “tall” heaters. Lowboys are shorter and wider than normal heaters. They can hold the same amount of water as their larger brethren while fitting in more compact areas. They vary in size between 30 to 49 inches and can hold up to 50 gallons of water. Tall water heaters range in size from 50 to 76 inches and can hold up to 100 gallons of water. These are best suited for garages or basements.
Water heaters can run off a variety of different fuel sources. The storage capacity of your water heater and how much it costs will vary depending on the type of fuel it uses. These can include:
- Gas or Propane
- Heat Pump
- Natural Gas
- Hybrids (Electricity/Gas)
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To find out more about our services, call Boydco Plumbing at 602-335-0323.