Water Heater Services in Southern Indiana
Water heaters are used every day in our homes and are often the unsung heroes of our homes that provide us with hot water in the coldest months. When selecting a water heater, you’ll want to choose one that can safely heat your entire home in an energy-efficient way. No matter what kind of water heater you have in your home, they’ll all need maintenance or run into problems at some point.
When that happens, you can rest assured that Jake’s Heating, Air, and Plumbing is only a phone call away! With decades of experience in the HVAC field, you can breathe easier knowing that qualified technicians are ready to perform emergency maintenance on your water heater.
Types of Water Heaters
Electric water heaters use heating elements in a water storage tank to heat the water. Some water heaters use electric rods that transfer heat to the water around them. The hot water then rises in the tank and exits the tank when needed in the home. This type of water heater is more energy-efficient, but it’s also more expensive to install.
Gas water heaters are some of the most popular water heater options. In a gas water heater system, water is stored in a tank that releases hot water when a faucet turns on. As the hot water exits the tank, cold water enters the bottom of the tank, ensuring that the tank is constantly full of water. Although popular, gas water heaters must continuously use energy to heat the water in the tank continually. While they’re more cost-effective to use, the initial installation process may be more expensive than electric or tankless water heaters.
Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, only provide water when it’s needed. As the name suggests, this type of water heater can heat water without using a tank. This type of water heater is often mounted on the wall and is perfect for homeowners wanting hot water in a smaller space. A tankless water heater will heat water by drawing in cold water and using a heating element to heat the water you need, whether for a shower or washing the dishes. Once the tap is closed, the heating element stops warming the water, limiting energy consumption.
Water Heater Maintenance
Regular maintenance is pertinent to make sure that your water heater performs its best. If your water heater fails to work correctly, this could be because of a sediment build-up or damage to the water heater. Maintenance performed on your water heater by a skilled technician will extend the life of your water heater and keep it at optimal performance throughout the year.
Emergency Water Heater Service
The last thing you want is for your water heater to quit on you in the dead of winter. Even if it does, Jake’s Heating, Air, and Plumbing have got you covered for water heater emergencies. We are on standby 24/7 to handle your water heater maintenance when you need it the most.
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You may have questions about water heater installation or the water heater cost. Jake’s Heating, Air and Plumbing, LLC. prides itself on our ability to answer any questions you may have right from the start.
What does the Energy Factor (EF) on my water heater mean?
The water heater Energy Factor (EF) is a measure of the overall efficiency of the water heater. This is determined by comparing the energy in the heated water used daily to the total daily energy consumption of the water heater. The EF can be used to compare the energy efficiency of water heaters. Water heaters with higher EFs will have lower annual operating costs than comparable models with lower EFs. A higher EF signifies a more efficient model. Water heaters with high EF ratings may cost more initially, but save energy and money in the long run. Eventually, they will pay for themselves through a lifetime of energy savings.
Why doesn't my old water heater make as much hot water as it used to?
The answer may be that you have sediment buildup in your tank. As water heaters age, they tend to accumulate sediment and lime deposits. If the heaters are not cleaned periodically, the sediment may rise to a level that will act as a barrier between the burner and the water, making it harder to heat. An article published in a national ASPE plumbing journal states: for every half inch of sediment on the bottom of a gas fired water heater, it requires 70% more fuel to heat the water.
Can I use my water heater with a solar heating system?
With the increasing costs of energy and a desire for environmental friendliness, some customers are turning to the sun as a way to heat their domestic water. Bradford White manufactures a solar water heating storage tank for use with solar systems. This tank takes the heated water from the solar panels and uses it as a heat source instead of conventional gas, oil or electric heat sources unlike other tanks, this water heater has an electric heating element for back up on cloudy days, and when the solar system is not providing enough heat. However, it is important that you use only POTABLE (or domestic use) water in this tank.
Is a drain pan necessary?
A water heater should be placed in an area that will prevent damage to floors, ceilings, and furniture if the heater leaks. When this is not possible, a drain pan must be installed under the water heater. Since a typical drain pan doesn’t hold that much water, it must have a pipe to a drain or other outlet for the water. When installed properly, a drain pan and pipe will keep any leakage under control and protect your belongings from water damage.