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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.
Cost and efficiency are major factors when deciding whether to purchase a gas or electric water heater, as well as the parameters of your home and how it has been constructed.
As of December 1, 2018, there have been national code changes that may impact the ability to install a standard gas water heater in your home without significant modifications. If your home previously had a mid or standard efficiency furnace that was replaced with a high-efficiency model, it's possible your chimney is now oversized. This may be because the chimney was originally designed to accommodate both a furnace and a water heater and, now that the furnace vents out the sidewall, the chimney does not meet current code requirements.
Water heater types: you have options.
Let's look at three potential options to replace your existing water heater, depending on your home.
A standard gas water heater works by using natural gas or propane as fuel to heat water inside a tank. The water is heated until it reaches a pre-set temperature, at which point the gas supply is shut off and the water is held in the tank until it's needed. Gas water heaters generally have a faster recovery time, meaning they can heat a large volume of water quickly, but they may be less energy-efficient than electric or heat pump water heaters.
Electric water heaters are easy to install and do not require ventilation, making them flexible in terms of placement within a home. They operate without using fuel, making them energy-efficient and producing fewer emissions. They are also easier to manage than gas water heaters and have a longer life expectancy. However, electric water heaters can have a slower flow rate and may run out of hot water more quickly than gas heaters.
Power Vented Gas
A power vent heater is a type of water heating system used when it's not possible to use a traditional chimney for venting. It works by drawing air from inside the home and using a motorized blower with a rotatable exhaust to force the air outside. This allows the heater to function without the need for a chimney.
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.
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