A Guide to Hot Water Systems

//A Guide to Hot Water Systems

Hot water systems (or water heaters) are used in homes and commercial buildings for a variety of tasks.

Over the last 120 years these systems have evolved from old units that created huge greenhouse gas emissions into compact eco-friendly units. Various types of hot water systems are available in  today’s market. We’re going to discuss various types of hot water service systems, their benefits, and more.

What types of hot water systems can I purchase?

Electric systems:

  • They are powered by electricity
  • They are easy to install
  • They are easy to operate
  • The water heats quickly
  • They are environment friendly

Gas powered systems

  • They are highly efficient
  • They are more affordable than electric
  • Their heating capacity is the same as electric powered systems
  • They are more sustainable.
  • They produce low greenhouse emissions

Solar systems:

  • Cost efficient because it is a one-time investment and you’ve no more bills later
  • Highly efficient
  • Easy to maintain
  • Highly environment-friendly
  • Useful for large projects

Commercial systems:

  • These include hot water supply boilers and unfired commercial water heaters.
  • The heating process is quick
  • It keeps the water warm for long
  • Duct leaks are negligible
  • They are energy efficient

Liquefied petroleum gas heaters

  • Also known as LPG; they are costlier than natural gas heaters
  • They are not good for small consumption
  • They require a larger gas burner
  • They are not required to be replaced often
  • They are low in maintenance cost

How can I save money on hot water bills?

  • Reduce hot water usage in general.
  • Use a low flow shower head to reduce the hot water use during a shower.
  • Use timer on your systems.
  • Always keep the pipes and taps providing hot water maintained.
  • Don’t use mixer taps as they increase the hot water usage.
  • Maintain the hot water system as per the manufacturer’s instruction manual.

How should I choose a hot water system?

  • Consider the size of your household and requirement for hot water.
  • Consider the region you live in. You will may need more heavy duty units if you are living in cold region.
  • Consider your budget for buying and maintenance as well as how much can you spend in bills later.
  • Consider the space available in your home for installation.
  • See if your existing water heater can be converted instead of replacing.
  • You should consider the greenhouse emission output of the system you use.

Benefits of hiring a professional for your water heater

At Will B. Plumbing we can install, remove, or replace your water heater.

You could simply buy it yourself and install the hot water system in your home, but buying is one thing and maintaining a water heater is another.

Here are a few reasons to hire a plumber to install your hot water system:

  • They can supply the required equipment.
  • They install the equipment.
  • They can handle repair and maintenance work.
  • They can configure and customize your unit as per your requirement.
  • They make sure your water keeps running as it’s supposed to.
  • They can check your system regularly and ensure that any kind of leakage is taken care of.
  • When you hire service on a yearly contract your bills on maintenance and repair are lowered.

Who should I hire to install my hot water system?

To hire a hot water service agent you should keep in mind the following things:

  1. Hire only authorized dealers who are licensed and registered with the local body.
  2. Check their reviews online and with neighbors, friends and families for recommendations.
  3. Interview the dealer and staff before hiring.
  4. Make sure to check their previous work.
  5. Don’t make a decision in haste. Meet a few dealers and see what they offer first.
  6. Don’t hire anyone who doesn’t provide post-purchase services.

The market is filled with different types of hot water systems and suppliers. I recommended that you do some research and consult with professionals before choosing one.

Contact me if you need help deciding on a water heater for your home.

The need for a professional with hot water systems

Water heaters are one among the few appliances found inside a home that should solely be repaired by a licensed and insured professional. There are several parts of a hot-water heater that may severely injure somebody who isn’t properly equipped or trained. Properly diagnosing a hot-water heater involves using many testing tools, and a careless move could injure a technician or zap him with over two hundred volts of electricity.

Indications that you should replace your water heater

Although your hot-water heater does most of its work when somebody in your home takes a bath or shower, it’s conjointly used when you need hot water to scrub dishes or wash clothes. As a result, we rely on water heaters daily.

Because of this it’s vital they’re properly maintained. Repairing water heaters can be a difficult and dangerous process; you shouldn’t attempt to do it yourself.

Water heaters are among the top energy users in your home. In some cases they make up 25% of your home’s energy use. As your hot water tank gets older, it starts to lose efficiency, making it more costly to operate and more vulnerable to failure. Although you may need a service call to diagnose the particular problem, there are several symptoms that will indicate your hot-water heater might be failing:

  • If your heater is more than decade old
  • No or not enough hot water is coming out
  • Water doesn’t get as hot as it used to
  • Low pressure through hot water valves
  • Noises like hissing, sizzling, low rumbling, a pop noise, or high pitched whining
  • Discolored (black or rusty colored) water
  • An odor or foul-smelling water
  • Leaky from the top, side, or around the base of the tank

Don’t wait till your unit dies – there are important advantages to upgrading your unit before the end of its life cycle. Replacing your old water heater is a good time to lower your energy bill by selecting a hot-water heater that’s more energy efficient. It’ll keep your home running well and save you cash over time.

Contact us today for any plumbing or water treatment need in the Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo area.

2019-01-11T17:40:58-04:00January 11th, 2019|Water Treatment|0 Comments