Water Heater Installation Options
When it comes to heating water, efficiency counts very much so. With older water heaters being not as efficient, this could be the cause of 25% of your energy bill. By simply replacing your old water heater tank you could reduce that number significantly!
Here in the Salt Lake valley, where we tend to have a lot of water usage with larger families, your water heater can be taking a beating. It can also be costing you more money every year if the water heater is older and not as energy efficient as the newer and updated models.
Another common problem with older units is that they are not up to code. Here are the things to look for:
- Is there an expansion tank installed?
- Is your flu undersized? It should be 4″, not 3″
- Is your tank earthquake seismic strapped?
- Does your tank sit in a pan or is your T&P piped to a drain?
- Is the gas line installed with a double wall flexible pipe?
Water Heater Types
There are several types of water heaters you can choose from. Depending on the size of your family and your usage, there is one that fits your needs. Below is a list of the most popular on the market today. These are the types we install and options you should consider:
Across the nation for some time, gas water heaters have been the dominant choice. In the past, gas was the most common, affordable, easy to replace and very dependable. When installed we make sure that you will have adequate intake for fresh-air as it is required to run the unit correctly.
A gas water heater can be also ordered as a propane model as well. From an installation standpoint, they can be a bit more difficult to install as a vent pipe or flue stack is needed. This should only be done by a professional. We proudly use Rheem water heaters.
Electric water heaters are convenient to install when there is no gas available or when running a flue would be difficult. They are also a preference when space is limited.
An electric water heater also comes in a short version. Perfect for installation in tight spaces. Though the installation is cheaper for electric, the cost of running an electric water heater can be higher over gas.
Tankless units add a luxurious bathing experience with endless hot water. The efficiency is substantially higher than standard tank systems. This type of mounts on the wall and also saves space.
It’s important to remember to place your new tankless system as close to the point of use as possible for the best results.
Tankless water heaters come in indoor and outdoor models since they can be run off of propane.
When the heater is installed a flue will be needed. Also, a sweat drain will be needed to drain any extra moisture created by the unit.
With a tankless electric water heater, you will have the freedom and ease of installation due to its small size. The tankless unit will not need a flue or a sweat drain with its installation.
You will enjoy all of the benefits of the gas heater mentioned above. They are 100% quite and very efficient. You will be surprised where the init can be installed and many have said that it is a game-changer.
As a homeowner, you will save money year after year with an electric tankless unit. This is due t the fact that the unit will only run when water is running through the unit. Very good news and savings indeed.
Free Water Heater Estimate
Here at Keemer Plumbing, we have many water heaters with heating solutions that will lower your energy usages resulting in lower utility bills. Regardless if you are just updating your water heater or replacing, we have an option for you. We also have our famed Utah EZ Pay financing to make the job affordable. Give us a call or send us an email for a free estimate. Contact us now!