After your Boston heating and cooling energy cost, if you reside in Andover or the Boston area then water heating or water heaters is normally one of the largest energy users at your real estate home or commercial real estate property because it is necessary for so many domestic activities. The capacity of a water heater is an important consideration. The water heater should provide enough hot water at the busiest time of the day. We offer a wide variety of electric and gas water heaters.
What does the Energy Factor on my water heater mean?
The water heater Energy Factor is a measure of the overall efficiency of the water heater. This can be determined by comparing the energy from the heated water used every day to the total daily energy consumption of the water heater. The EF may be utilized to compare the energy efficiency of water heaters. Water heaters with EFs that are higher may have lower annual operating costs than comparable models with lesser EFs. A higher EF signifies a much more efficient model. Water heaters with high EF ratings might cost more but save energy and money in the long run. Eventually, they will pay for themselves via a lifetime of energy savings.
Where is the ‘anode rod’ and what does it do?
Where is the anode pole and what does it do? For most water heaters, then the anode rod is connected to the warm water outlet of the water heater. If you’re facing the front of the water heater, then the warm water outlet is on the left-hand side. The anode rod is frequently referred to as a sacrificial rod. Most water is seldom pure. It may contain magnesium, oxygen, fluoride, chlorine, and suspended particles. These components, at the concentrations on your water, are usually not bad for you. But they do contribute to the taste and odor of the water.
They also impart conductivity to the water. Through a process, this conductivity will eventually cause the metal to rust or rust. When the water is heated, then this electric process might be accelerated. Many water heaters are made of a steel tank with a ceramic enamel liner. Due to production and assembly procedures, it isn’t always possible to completely cover the interior of the tank. Therefore, it’s crucial to provide metal that may be consumed with the electric process. This is where the sacrificial anode pole comes in.
By acting as a lightning rod for the corrosion process, the anode rod draws the harmful process away from the water heater tank also concentrates the corrosion on the anode pole. Water heaters require this sacrificial anode rod to make sure that the electrolysis doesn’t affect the tanks.
Why does not my old water heater do as much water as it used to?
The answer can be that you’ve buildup in your tank. As the water heaters era, they have a tendency to accumulate sediments and calcareous deposits. When the heaters aren’t cleaned periodically, the sediment could rise to a degree which will function as a barrier between the burner and the water, which makes it harder to heat. An article printed in a national ASPE plumbing journal states: for each inch of sediment on the bottom of a gas-fired water heater, it requires fuel to heat the water.
If my water heater was in a flood, do I need to replace it?
Yes. The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute recommends that any flood-damaged cooling and heating equipment to be replaced, not repaired. From the AHRI web site, as it pertains to water heaters: if your water heater is gas-fired, oil fired or electrical, if it was revealed to flood water, the device ought to be replaced. In a gas device, valves and controls will probably corrode. In an electric device, the thermostat and controls will probably corrode. In both forms, the insulation surrounding the device is going to be contaminated and will be almost impossible to disinfect.
In addition, the insulation will take a very long time to dry, leading to corrosion of the tank from the exterior. If water heater components have been cleaned and the device seems to function properly, parts might corrode in the future. Both gas and electric water heaters have a pressure relief valve which may rust and stay after being subjected to flood water. Consequently, be sure to replace this valve as well. (Taken from www.ahrinet.org)
Could I use my water heater with a solar heating system?
With the increasing costs of energy and a desire for environmental friendliness, a few clients are turning to the sun as a means to warm their domestic water. Bradford White produces a solar water heating storage tank to be used with solar systems. This tank takes the heated water from the solar power panels also uses it as a heating source instead of conventional gas, oil or electric heat sources as opposed to other tanks, so this water heater has an electrical heating element for rear up on overcast days, and once the solar system isn’t supplying enough heat. It is essential that you use only POTABLE water in this tank.
Is a Drain pan always 100% necessary?
The water heater must be placed in an area that can prevent harm to flooring, ceilings, and furniture if the heater escapes. When this isn’t possible, a drain pan should be installed under the water heater. Since a drain pan doesn’t hold that much water, it must possess a pipe into a drain or other outlet for the water. When installed a drain pipe and the pan will maintain any leak under control and shield your belongings from water damage.
What kind of maintenance should I do on my water heater?
We advise that you contact a plumbing professional to perform any repairs or maintenance to your water heater – out of periodic tests on the anode pole to making sure that all connections are protected. Recommendations for maintenance are on your water heater’s owner guide. But, there are a couple of things which you could do: Make sure that there are no resources of flammable vapor in the same place as your water heater. Maintain the top of the water heater is clean. If you discover water leaking on the water is the leak repaired.
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