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Having an issue with your water heater? Shopping for a new one? We're here to help. Read on to learn about hot water heaters, common issues, and troubleshooting. If you still have questions or prefer bringing in the experts, we're happy to help.
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Water heaters: how they work.
Recovery, supply, and efficiency
In addition to different types of heat sources, every household has unique needs around the supply, heating speed, and energy-efficiency of its water heating system.
Water heaters do just that: heat the water in your home so you have hot water whenever you need it. Different water heaters can heat the water at different speeds. This is called recovery time.
Gas water heaters can heat the water faster than electric ones. If you have a lot of people in your home, or more than one bathroom, you might need a bigger water heater. These water heaters, namely 50-gallon or 80-gallon water heaters, are better at quickly heating up the water for your whole home.
If replacing your existing water heater isn't feasible, there are other options you can consider, such as a point-of-use heater for a particular high-use sink, or a tankless system to cover your entire home's increased needs.
If you'd like to explore options and get expert advice from the Sterling team on improving your water recovery, book a free consultation.
There are several ways to improve the supply of hot water from a hot water heater. One way is to increase the size of the hot water tank. If the tank is too small, it may not be able to keep up with the demand for hot water, especially if there are multiple showers or appliances running simultaneously.
Another way to improve the supply of hot water is to install a "demand" or "tankless" hot water heater. These types of heaters only heat water when it is needed, rather than continuously heating a tank of water, which can help reduce energy usage and improve the supply of hot water. Additionally, insulating the hot water pipes can help reduce heat loss and improve the flow of hot water to the faucets and showers.
If you want to explore your own home situation and learn about your options for improving your water supply, book a free consultation with one the experts at Sterling.
To improve hot water heater efficiency in your home, you can use less hot water, install efficient shower heads and faucet attachments, lower the temperature on your water heater's thermostat, insulate your water pipes and tank, flush out the tank regularly, or invest in a tankless water heater.
Using less hot water and replacing current plumbing fixtures with more efficient alternatives can reduce the amount of hot water you use. Lowering the temperature on your water heater's thermostat can also save energy, while insulating your pipes and tank can help retain heat. Flushing out the tank regularly can prevent calcification and improve efficiency.
Additionally, switching to a tankless water heater will improve overall efficiency in the long run, as they only turn on when hot water is needed and do not require a tank, making them more energy-efficient.
Book a free consultation with one of our Sterling experts to discuss options for improving hot water efficiency in your home.
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