Tank Water Heater Installation For Your Austin Home
You never truly appreciate hot water until you’ve had to shower without it. When your tank water heater stops working, and you need to repair it or replace it, waiting is simply not an option. But most of us really don’t know much about water heaters, how they work, or what our options are for replacing the. At Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we strive to not only provide the best installation service for your tanked or tankless water heater but also to ensure that you make an informed decision that’s right for you.
The Difference Between A Tank & Tankless Water Heater
When deciding between installing a conventional water heater or a tankless water heater, there are a few major factors to consider:
- Budget. Tanked water heaters initially cost about three times less than a tankless water heater, but in the long run, it may cost you more to maintain its lifetime.
- Maintenance. Traditional water heaters have an average life span of eight to 12 years depending on the type of water the facility uses and whether it is properly maintained. Tankless water heaters require far less maintenance.
- Energy Efficiency. Tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than tanked or storage water heaters, which can save you money in the long run.
- Size. Strong water heaters do not require as large of energy supply as tankless water heaters.
- Consistency. Tankless water heaters provide consistent hot water, whereas tanked water heaters do run out.
There are definitely pros and cons to whichever option you choose. It depends on your family and household’s personal needs and is not a decision to be made lightly.
Once you’ve weighed your options, if you land on a tanked water heater being the right option for you, now comes the installation process. Installing a replacement traditional gas water heater can be time-consuming, strenuous, and difficult. Proper installation depends on many factors, such as fuel type, climate, and local building code requirements. The installation process typically consists of 3 steps:
- Preparation. This step consists of draining the water in the prior water heater tank, detaching the gas lines, detaching the water lines, and detaching the exhaust from the flue hat.
- Placement. The new water heater is placed in the proper location, the heat trap fittings and water lines are put into place as well as the gas supply lines get connected.
- Testing. The final steps are to test the gas line for leaks, light the pilot, and set the control knob to “on”.
Now that your brand new traditional tanked water heater is installed, the next step is learning how to properly care for it to prolong its life. Corrosion is the most common cause of tanked water heaters to eventually stop working. Studies have shown that about 86% of U.S homes have hard water. Hard water is water with high mineral content due to water bleeding through limestone and chalk. How do you guard against this? Suggested maintenance for your tanked water heater in Austin include:
- Having your traditional water heater flushed once a year. This helps prevent build up and damage from the sediment that accumulates on the bottom of the tank. The benefits of flushing your water heater is an extended heater life along with savings in energy use.
- Checking the temperature and pressure valve. We recommend checking this every 6 months or so. It can tell you a lot about the health of your water heater. It’s always best to catch potential problems early to avoid needing to completely replace your water heater.
- Inspecting the anode rod. We recommend you call us to check anode rode every three to four years. The anode rod is a steel core wire surrounded with one of three different metals: aluminum, magnesium, and zinc. The rod is screwed into the top of your water heater and protects your water heater from rusting. if you can catch a malfunctioning anode rod early, you might be able to extend the life of your water heater.
Is a Tank Water Heater Right for You?
If you are still not sure what kind of heater is right for your home, our experts are happy to walk you through your options, providing insights on what type, size, and brands of water heater to consider, so that you can ensure you made the right choice for your home’s needs.
Install Your Tank Water Heater With Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning
Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning offers a six-year manufacturer match warranty on all water heaters installed and maintained by us. This includes the product and any work done to install the traditional tank water heater. Ready to install a tank water heater in your Austin home? Call us today to schedule an appointment!