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Points to Consider When Replacing Your Water Heater
When replacing your existing unit, you should consider upgrading to an energy-efficient unit.
Check the following factors to ensure that you make the right choice:
- A heating capacity of at least 40 gallons
- The number of gallons your heater can heat in one hour
- The height and width of the heater to ensure that it fits the space you have
- Check the energy-efficiency ratings of the unit you plan to purchase
The label on either side of your existing unit will reveal important information like the tank capacity, model, installation guidelines, serial number, wattage capacity, working pressure, and voltage. This information will serve as a guideline when searching for a similar unit or an upgraded version as well.
When you purchase a water heater from Guaranteed Service, you can be sure of:
- Strict adherence to all safety regulations
- Timely replacement of gas safety valves
- Safe installation of both cold and hot water supply lines
- Testing of water pressure, shut off valve, and water delivery rate
- Installation of safety ground for protection against fire hazards
- Disposal of the existing water heater
Local Code Requirements
You’ll find many accessories available for your new water heater. Some are required by local codes; others are just good ideas. Plumbing codes vary, so check with your local inspector.
- Gas Shutoff Valve - All codes require a gas valve near the water heater.
- Drip Leg - Any dust or grit in the gas line falls into this short section of pipe before it can reach the water heater’s control valve. The required length of the drip leg varies.
- Isolation Valve - All codes require a valve on the cold-water line. Though not required by codes, a second valve on the hotline makes future water heater replacement easier.
- Overflow Pan - Most plumbing codes require a pan and drainpipe in locations where a leak can cause damage. But installing a drain pan is a good idea for any location.
- Expansion Tank - Some codes require an expansion tank to absorb the pressure created when heated water expands.
- Blow Tube - The T&P valve releases pressure, and a “blow tube” directs the scalding hot water toward the floor. The required distance between the blow tube and floor is usually 18 inches or less.
- Water Heater Bonding - New Jersey building codes require a bonding wire be installed between the cold/hot pipes and the gas line. The majority of local codes don’t require the bonding wires, but they do serve a purpose. According to experts, bonding wires may actually extend the life of the water heater by diverting electrolysis from the anode rod and tank—even on electric models. So, whether or not your local code calls for the bonding wire, you may want to install one to get the most useful life out of your unit.
Tankless Hot Water Heaters Versus Tank Storage Water Heaters
Water heaters can be a costly investment for homeowners that they live with for over a decade. That’s why when it’s time to equip your new home or replace your old water heater, it’s important to consider the cost, efficiency, and longevity of a new unit. We’ve put together this comparison of storage water heaters versus tankless water heaters to help homeowners and contractors decide on the type of water heater that’s best for you. We’ll examine the pros and cons of tankless and traditional units so you can make an informed decision.
What Is a Tankless Water Heater?
Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, use high-powered burners to rapidly heat water as it runs through a heat exchanger and deliver it directly to your faucets or shower without storing it in a tank. Tankless water heaters are usually powered with electricity or gas. These types of water heaters were found to be 22% more energy-efficient on average than the gas-fired storage-tank models in tests conducted by Consumer Reports.
How Are “Traditional” Tank Storage Water Heaters Different?
Storage tank water heaters are commonly found in most homes. Their components are an insulated tank, typically holding 30-50 gallons of water, to heat and store the water until it’s needed. A pipe emerges from the top to deliver hot water to its destination, kitchen, bathroom, or other sinks.
Typically, there are storage tank water heaters that use either natural gas or electricity for their fuel. Natural gas storage tank units use almost 50% less energy, costing less to operate, than the electric variety. However, they cost a bit more than electric models. They also feature a temperature and pressure-release valve that opens when either temperature or pressure exceeds preset levels.
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