19 Sep Save Hot Showers, Go Tankless
Your alarm sounds, you begrudgingly start to wake up only to find your surroundings dark and cold. The only thing that wills you out of bed is the allure of a nice hot shower. You meander into the bathroom, turn on the water and wait to be greeted by warmth. A few minutes go by and the water is still ice cold. Then a few more minutes, still ice. The realization begins to set in, your hot water heater isn’t working. A broken hot water heater is no way to start your day. Let’s talk about common winter hot water problems and how to avoid them.
Common Winter Water Heater Woes
In your home, heating water is second only to your HVAC system in energy usage. Despite accounting for approximately 18% of your energy expenses, we rarely think about our water heaters. We expect to have hot water from our water heater when we need it. So what causes water heaters to run cold? Here are some common water heater issues…
- Leaking Water Lines: Freezing and thawing may lead to burst or leaking water lines.
- Heat Loss: Traditional tank-style water heaters lose heat, especially if they are in a cold area of your home.
- Rust and Corrosion: Rust and corrosion may lead to the development of leaks.
- Overuse: Your storage tank may not be keeping up with your hot water demands.
- Old Age: Traditional tank-style water heater typically last around ten years.
- Faulty Parts: Mechanical failures may not manifest until the high demand of winter water heating.
- Improper Maintenance: Maintenance is necessary for any mechanical system.
How to Prevent Hot Water Issues
Homeowners can maximize the efficiency and lifespan of their water heaters through proper maintenance and utilizing techniques to boost energy efficiency:
- Leaking Water Lines: Regularly check your water heater for leaks. If you find a leak, contact a professional immediately.
- Heat Loss: Wrapping the tank with an insulated blanket and exposed pipes with pipe insulation can improve efficiency and reduce heat loss by 40%.
- Rust and Corrosion: Regularly check your water heater’s sacrificial anode rod.
- Overuse: Consider changes with your family. Have you added new members? Is your family using more water? It may be time for a water heater with higher capacity.
- Old Age: Is your water heater reaching old age? Contact a professional before replacing your tank-style water heating system.
- Faulty Parts: If there is evidence that your water heater’s components may be failing, call a professional plumber right away.
- Improper Maintenance: For our full maintenance guide, outlining steps for flushing the tank, insulating the tank, checking the sacrificial anode rod, etc, click here.
Consider Having a Professional Install a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters use as much as 40% less energy than traditional, tank-style units. Furthermore, with tankless water heaters, water is warmed instantly, so there is no more waiting for the hot water tank to fill. If your water heater is not keeping up to the task of winter, or you are ready to consider the advantages of installing a tankless water heater, call the professional plumbers at All American Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing.