Quick, what’s the one thing that accounts for up to 25% of your energy bill?

If you didn’t answer “the water heater,” you should keep reading for more facts that you should know about your home’s water heater.

Water heaters are one of the nicest innovations of our modern home infrastructure, and we take it for granted that we can have instant hot water at the mere turning on of the tap. Water heaters work in the background, almost invisibly doing their jobs. We don’t notice them or pay attention to them when they’re working fine; it’s only when they break that we suddenly remember the water heater and realize that it needs to be addressed. You jump in the shower and turn on the hot water, only to get a cold shock! We don’t want this to happen to you.

1. Water heaters need regular maintenance.

When you maintain your water heater on a regular basis, you can save yourself from a scenario where little problems lead to big, expensive problems. It’s a good idea to get a tune-up of your water heater once a year in order to make sure that your water heater lasts longer and runs as efficiently as possible.

2. Rust is a bad sign on your water heater.

How often do you inspect your water heater for rust? If you don’t, you should. Rust on a water heater, especially if it spreads extensively, can put your water heater at risk, and in rare cases, it can even explode.

3. It’s important to regulate the PSI on your water heater.

Every water heater operates under pressure, but if the PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) gets too high, your water heater could be damaged. One of the friendly technicians at Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating can perform a check of your water heater’s PSI as part of your regular water heater service.

4. If your water heater uses fossil fuels to heat water, you are required to install a carbon monoxide alarm.

The Kankakee County board requires you to install a carbon monoxide alarm in any dwelling that has sleeping quarters, if your hot water heater or furnace runs off of fossil fuels (such as oil or natural gas).

5. With any type of water heater, there is a trade-off between convenience and efficiency.

The most popular type of water heater in the United States is the storage water heater, which constantly keeps hot water in a storage tank. This is extremely convenient, but it is not the most energy-efficient method of heating water. Other models of water tanks, such as demand water heaters, heat pump water heaters, tankless coil water heaters, or indirect water heaters, offer superior energy efficiency in many cases, but each one comes with its own pros and cons. For instance, the flow rate on demand water heaters is lower than it is on storage water heaters.

When you need water heater maintenance or repair, count on the friendly folks at Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating. To schedule your service, please contact us today. We look forward to serving you.