How to get your water heater replaced.
Your water heater doesn't get much attention, even though you use it more than almost any other appliance in your home. While you may take it for granted, everything in your house can grind to a stop when the water heater fails. If your hot water heater has developed a leak in the tank, doesn't keep water hot, or it's nearing ten years of age, it's time to consider water heater replacement. Our Las Vegas water heater contractors offer reliable and affordable hot water heater replacement. We'll also help you choose the right model and type for your needs and ensure your water heater is sized properly for your home.
Capacity and Energy Efficiency
Capacity and energy efficiency will determine the upfront and long-term cost of your new water heater. Today's water heaters range from 20-gallon to 80-gallon capacity and it's important to make sure the unit is sized properly for your home. Still, capacity isn't everything. It's also important to check the water heater's first-hour rating (FHR). This tells you how much hot water the system can deliver within an hour. If your home has high demand during certain times, such as early in the morning, it's worth investing in a water heater with a high FHR.
Energy efficiency is also a major concern when you buy a new water heater. After all, heating water is the second-greatest expense in your home, making up around 18% of your utility bills, according to the Department of Energy. When it's time for hot water heater replacement in Las Vegas, remember that the decision you make today will affect your energy costs for years to come.
Gas Hot Water Heater Replacement
Gas water heaters are popular in Las Vegas as they offer lower operating costs than electric models. While a gas water heater will cost more than electric upfront, you will likely make up the difference in energy savings in just one year. If you currently have an electric model, gas hot water heater replacement also means faster heating. A gas water heater usually heats water twice as fast as an electric heater. If you have a large household or high hot water demands, you may want to invest in gas when you need water heater replacement in Las Vegas.
Electric Hot Water Heater Replacement
While gas water heaters tend to be more energy efficient, there are many good reasons to choose an electric model. With an electric water heater, you never need to worry about a gas leak, which can threaten everyone in your home. Electric heaters can also be installed in smaller places. This is because a gas heater requires anywhere from 6 to 18 inches of ventilation around the top and sides. It can't be installed in a small closet.
Because electric water heaters have fewer parts, they tend to last longer than gas water heaters. Depending on the brand and quality, an electric water heater can last up to 15 years compared to 12 years with a gas model.
Tankless Water Heater Installation
Say goodbye to waiting for your shower to warm up! A tankless water heater can free up space in your home, lower your energy bills, and reduce the risk of water damage that comes with a large tank. You can even qualify for rebates when you install a tankless water heater in Las Vegas. With a tankless water heater, you can enjoy high-quality hot water on demand. Tankless heaters are also long-lasting with a life expectancy of at least 20 years. We install electric and gas tankless heaters, including outdoor heaters to keep your pool or hot tub at the perfect temperature.
Have questions about hot water heater replacement in Las Vegas? We are always happy to help! Here are a few questions we often hear from our clients. If you have a more specific question, or you're ready to request an estimate, please give us a call.
When should I replace my water heater?
Over time, pressure, high heat, and sediment can cause the glass liner of your water heater to fail. When this happens, the water heater's tank will begin corroding. Your water heater will give you several signs that it's ready to fail. Common signs of a failing water heater include knocking noises, failure to maintain a steady temperature, and failing to consistently produce hot water. You may also notice your hot water is a dirty yellow or red color, which indicates rust in the water heater. You will also need to replace your water heater if it's too small for your household size or the tank has developed a leak. As a general rule, a water heater should be replaced after 10 years. It even makes sense to replace a functional but inefficient water heater as it may only take a few years to recover the cost in energy savings.
Should I get a gas or an electric water heater?
If you already have an electric water heater, replacing the electric water heater with a gas model may make sense. Natural gas water heaters may cost a bit more upfront with higher installation to run a gas line, but you will save a substantial amount of money each year. If your budget won't allow for additional installation costs, it makes sense to stick with electric.
What are the pros and cons between conventional and tankless water heaters?
Tankless water heaters, also called on-demand water heaters, have a lot to offer. Still, they can't replace a conventional tank water heater in all cases. Rather than storing water in a large tank, this type of system uses heating coils to heat water as it passes through on demand. Tankless water heaters are incredibly energy efficient because they do not store an entire tank of water that must be kept at a constant temperature.
Still, tankless water heaters aren't limitless. They can only heat a certain amount of water at once. If hot water will only be drawn in one place at a time, a tankless water heater can work for the whole home. If you need to wash dishes while taking a shower or doing laundry, a tankless system will not be able to meet the demand.
Conventional water heaters, while more expensive to run, have a lower upfront cost than tankless water heaters. You may need to let the water run briefly until it warms up, but you will have a steady supply of hot water available. With a traditional tank-style water heater, you can use hot water in multiple areas simultaneously.
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