Most water heater installations can be done in less than a day. If there are any factors that could make your installation take longer than that, we’ll let you know before starting work.
To maintain a hot water tank, we suggest draining it once a year to remove sediment and regularly having the heating element and pressure relief valve checked for safety.
To maintain a tankless heater, flush the system once a year and check the filter for debris.
If you need help maintaining your water heater or troubleshooting an issue, call us! We’ll be happy to send an experienced technician over who can take care of the work safely.
Installing your new water heater will depend on your home’s plumbing and the installation location. Generally, you should budget a couple of thousand dollars for a new water heater (but remember, financing is a great way to split this amount into convenient monthly payments).
Hot water tanks tend to cost less than tankless heaters, since they are simpler technology. However, the energy-efficiency of tankless heaters means you can save money by using them in the long run.
The energy efficiency of your water heater will depend on its model, age, and other factors—but here’s a general idea of how efficient each type is:
- Conventional tank water heaters: about 60-70%.
- Tankless water heaters: up to 98% efficiency (since they only heat water on demand).
Tankless water heaters are attached directly to your water lines, and only heat water as it flows through on the way to your taps and other water fixtures. This takes up less space and prevents you from using energy to heat water when you aren’t using it.
Hot water tanks store water and heat it consistently until it’s required. When you turn on a water fixture, the tank releases hot water that flows through your pipes. Your home’s water lines then send new cold water into the tank so that it can be heated up for the next time you need it.
If the water heater you own is over 10 years old, struggling to heat the amount of water you need, or leaking, it’s probably time to replace it. Contact us and let one of our comfort advisors recommend a solution that works for your home and budget.