Hot water is an important part of everyday life. Think of all the daily activities that rely on hot water: cooking, cleaning, clothes washing, dishwashing, showers, and baths. In fact, nearly a third of the average home’s energy costs can be applied to hot water. So it makes sense to ensure that your Middlesex County home’s hot water heater is running efficiently.
Maintaining Your Water Heater
Many of our customers ask what can they do to maintain their water heater. The solution is easy: every three months, drain a gallon of water directly from the water heater. This helps reduce the amount of sediment collecting on the bottom, which can make your burner or heating coils work harder. If your home has hard water, preventing this sediment buildup can really make a difference. Princeton Air also offers routine water heater check-ups that include:
Checking the temperature and relief valve to ensure proper operation
Inspecting the gas burners in gas models
Inspecting the heating elements in electric tanks
Draining and flushing the tank to remove calcium and sediment
Inspecting the anode rod for corrosion
Princeton Air Provides Water Heater Repair for Major Brands
Our licensed master plumber can diagnose and repair major water heater brands, including A.O. Smith, Bradford White, and Navien. It’s important to note that regulations in the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 2015 spurred energy rating improvements in water heaters. So, even if your water heater is only 5-10 years old, today’s ENERGY STAR models could be significantly more energy efficient.
Seamless Water Heater Installation
If it’s time for a new water heater, you can count on Princeton Air’s evaluation to find a replacement hot water solution that’s right for your house. Fitting your gas water heater to meet your Somerset County home’s needs is an important component of providing the right efficiency to save energy and money. The newest models feature improved insulation, operation, and fuels to provide the best solution and save money.
Types of Water Heating Solutions
There are a lot of options for heating your Bucks County PA home’s hot water. Most of our customers are familiar with traditional storage tank heaters. Storage tank heaters offer a reservoir of hot water to draw upon and can be fueled by gas, electricity, propane, and fuel oil. But the costs of lost heat in storage tank “standby” modes make these the less efficient option. Here are some of the new technologies for home hot water:
High Efficiency Gas Water Heaters use the same technology as conventional water heaters, a glass-lined steel tank with a heater at the bottom, but have better insulation, heat traps, and more efficient burners for an average 8% energy cost savings. Super high efficiency hot water heaters may also include a secondary heat exchanger to capture heat. Their condensers require venting and a condensate drain.
Electric Heat Pump Storage Water Heaters are two to three times as efficient as conventional storage tank water heaters but work by extracting heat from the surrounding air to heat water. While more suited to warmer climates, some models also have the ability to switch to conventional electric heating, which works well in the colder climates of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Time to Convert to Tankless?
One of the most efficient options for home hot water is on-demand or “tankless” gas water heaters. Tankless water heaters save energy by heating water only when it is needed, eliminating the standby heat loss of many hot water storage tanks. When hot water is needed, cold water circulates into a heat exchanger that is rapidly heated to the set temperature. Many on-demand gas water heaters now add a secondary heat exchanger to recover heat and decrease energy use by about 9%. Tankless water heaters use gas for heat and require outside venting.
Princeton Air is the Smart Choice for Hot Water Solutions
Our on-staff certified master plumber has the skills and expertise to ensure your water heater repair is completed correctly. If it’s time for an upgrade, our water heater pros can identify the right solution to fit your home, budget, and hot water requirements. Plus, it’s great to cut your energy costs with a new water heater—whatever type you select, you’ll be sure to save!
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