Is It Time to Replace Your Oil or Gas Water Heater?
In Pennsylvania, homeowners know that using high-efficiency HVAC equipment is a must to stay comfortable and save money all year long. But we’re not only talking about your oil boiler, gas furnace, or central air conditioning system.
From below-freezing temps to sticky summer weather, your water heater is working hard to supply the hot water you depend on for showering, dishwashing, laundering, and more. This essential appliance not only needs regular service, just like your heating and cooling systems, but it also should be replaced every 10 years or so for your cost savings, safety, and day-to-day convenience.
Which type of water heater is best?
As HVAC technology continues to advance, homeowners that use oil and gas have several water heating options to choose from:
Conventional Storage Water Heater
Most likely the water heater in your home today, if it has not been recently updated. This unit holds a supply of hot water and operates by releasing it from the top of the tank when hot water is called for. Afterward, cold water fills the bottom of the tank.
Indirect Water Heater
Uses the heat from your boiler or furnace to heat your hot water simultaneously. At the time hot water or heat is called for, the demand is taken from the indirect water tank instead of the heating system. Energy stored by the water tank allows the furnace or boiler to shut off and on less often, which can save energy, lower costs, and extend the system’s lifespan.
Tankless Water Heater
Get the best return for your investment. This system requires no storage tank! Cold water simply travels through a pipe to reach a unit with a heating element, resulting in instant hot water always available when you need it.
When should I upgrade?
The most common reason for water heater failure is old age. If your system is not properly maintained on an annual basis by an Eshenaurs technician/professional, sudden system failure can occur without warning. This can put your family members at risk and cause damage to your property. Eshenaurs can recommend when it is time to replace your system to help avoid a malfunction.
Contact the energy experts at Eshenaurs to schedule your next water heater maintenance or to get started on your new installation today!
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