Did you know that performing yearly maintenance on your water heater can help extend its life? Water flushes, cleaning burners or elements and checking safety valves are good preventative measures.
As hot water is pushed from the tank to fill the need of a sink or shower, cold water fills into the tank to keep it full. Water is heated using electrical elements or a gas burner depending on the type of water tank installed. The water heater tank also serves as storage for prepared hot water until it is needed. If you have a tankless water heater, the unit will heat water on demand allowing you to have a limitless amount of hot water.
There are several differences between an electric and gas powered water heater. Electric powered water heaters will have no exhaust fan or vent and will be wired directly. Electric units generally take longer to heat.
Gas powered water heaters need an exhaust vent to dispose of any gasses omitted while burning gas to heat the water. You will see a large exhaust pipe coming out of the gas powered tank.
Costs of replacement depend on size and type of unit. Gas and electric units are typically similar in price but the real cost difference is in the annual operating costs. Historically, electricity has been more expensive to use thus causing the cost of ownership of an electric water heater to be more over time. However, the corrosive nature of running a gas fueled tank can take its toll on a water heater causing the life expectancy of a gas powered tank to be less than an electric one.
Tankless hot water heaters will heat water on demand. They are ideal for smaller families or smaller structures. Their cost will vary depending on need.
Repairs will all depend on the type and age of the hot water heater. Most hot water heaters have a life expectancy of 10-15 years. If your hot water heater is close to this age, it may be cheaper to replace it than repair it. Typically an electric hot water heater may need to have the heating elements replaced if the water is not staying warm. Sometimes a thermostat can break and will need to be replaced. If your hot water heater has sprung a leak, repairing it may not be an option.
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