24 Hour Water Heater Repair
Types of water heaters we repair and install:
- Standard Tank Water Heaters
- Tankless Water Heaters
Most water heater repairs are best done by an experienced technician but sometimes simple things like relighting a pilot or adjusting the temperature can be accomplished by reading the owner’s manual or watching a quick YouTube video. We provide 24-hour emergency service for all water heater repairs because we know living without hot water is extremely inconvenient and uncomfortable. So when the water heater decides to take a vacation. Call Lincoln Heating & Air any time of day and we’ll get you hot water again.
Let’s talk a little more about the two kinds of water heaters you can choose from these days.
Standard Water Heaters
Storage tank water heaters are what you’ll find in most homes. They store water in an insulated tank with a capacity of 30-75 gallons of water. The burner keeps the water at a set temperature until it is ready to be used. When the water is used, pipes carry the water around the house to the kitchen, bathrooms, washing machine, etc. Water from the main water line refills the tank where it is heated again to the set temperature.
These types of water heater have a temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve as a precaution against the water becoming too hot, to the point where the pressure is dangerously high. If this happens, the T&P valve will release energy by discharging some of the hot water to the drain. If this ever happens you should be sure to have the water heater serviced.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are also known as on-demand water heaters. As the two names indicate, the main difference to a standard water heater is that they do not have a storage tank, instead they heat the water “on demand.” This means that you have access to as much hot water as you want, for as long as you want.
Standard vs Tankless Water Heater
There are pros and cons to both options. So we’ll outline them here and let you decide what sounds best for your home.
The first thing to acknowledge is the convenience of endless hot water that comes with the tankless water heater option. Never running out of hot water is pretty cool! Although, we’ve seen parents cringe at the thought of endless showers for their teenagers!
The initial investment toward a standard water heater will almost always be less than the initial investment for a tankless water heater. The installation is usually more difficult and in most cases the home already has the set-up for a standard water heater.
The lifespan is another factor to consider. A tankless water heater has a lifespan of approximately 20 years. A standard water heater generally lasts about 15 years. Some of the initial cost will likely be recouped by the longer lifespan of the tankless water heater.
The efficiency is one of the biggest ways that each individual situation will impact the choice. Tankless water heaters are more efficient than standard water heaters, if you use 40 gallons of hot water a day then it will be about 25 to 30% more efficient. The more water your home uses per day the less efficiency you will benefit from. For example, if you use around 80 gallons per day that efficiency would drop to about 10 to 15%
Water Heater Fuel Types
Water heaters are further differentiated by the kind of fuel they burn. Some common water heater fuels are natural gas, propane, or electric. Natural gas is the most efficient fuel to burn, followed by propane. The least efficient option is electric, however, when considering upfront installation costs the electric water heater is a little less expensive.
One way to cut energy costs with any type of fuel is to adjust the temperature dial located on the water heater gas meter. Reducing the temperature on your water heater will reduce your energy bill.
Water Heater Maintenance
Manufacturers always recommend flushing your standard water heater once a year to remove sediment buildup. It is also critical for protecting the equipment warranty which states that regular maintenance is a condition of the water heaters warranty.
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