Water Heaters in Bellingham, Mount Vernon & Everett, WA
The second biggest energy user in the home, water heaters, account for 18 percent of your electricity costs, according to the US Department of Energy. Because water heaters have become more energy efficient in the last 20 years, a Barron Home Performance Expert can help you select a water heater that will reduce your energy costs and give you an ample supply of hot water in your Pacific Northwest home.
Generally, residential water heaters have a life expectancy of 8 to 12 years. Once a water heater has failed, it can leak and stop producing hot water.
Selecting a New Water Heater
There are numerous factors to consider when choosing a new water heater, including type (tankless or storage), capacity, efficiency, and cost.
Storage Water Heaters
Capacity: Do not buy a heater larger than you need. Although some consumers base their purchase on the size of the storage tank, the peak hour demand (or qualifying first time, FHR) is actually more important. The FHR is the measure of how much hot water the heater will deliver in an hour and is required by law to appear on the Energy Guide label. Barron will determine the right size water heater for your home.
Efficiency: The energy efficiency of a storage water heater is indicated by its “Energy Factor” (EF). The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater. Gas water heaters have an EF between 0.50 and 0.60, with some high-efficiency models around 0.80. Other features to look for are tanks with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation and energy efficiency ratings shown on the Energy Guide labels.
Cost: It may be tempting to look for a water heater that is inexpensive and ignore the operating cost. This is a poor strategy. Often the least expensive water heaters are the most expensive to operate. A high-efficiency water heater may cost a little more initially, but reduced operating costs will more than make up for the higher outlay. Check the Energy Guide label to help choose an energy thrifty heater.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. You don’t need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water.
Typically, tankless water heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2 to 5 gallons per minute (GPM). Gas-fired tankless water heaters produce higher flow rates than electric water heaters. Two or more demand-type tankless waters heaters can be connected in parallel for high simultaneous demands of hot water. You can also install separate tankless water heaters for appliances, such as a clothes washer or dishwashers, that use a lot of hot water in your home.
Other applications for demand water heaters include the following:
- Remote bathrooms or hot tubs
- Booster for appliances, such as dishwashers or clothes washers
What is included in your Water Heater Installation?
When you choose Barron for your water heater replacement & installation, we will:
- Disconnect the old water heater unit
- Install your new water heater that same day (in most cases)
- Test your new water heater to ensure it is working properly
- Clean up the work area before leaving
- Haul away and recycle the old water heater
Protect your Investment
To provide endless hot water efficiently, your tankless water heater needs professional maintenance. Here’s why: tankless water heaters heat water rapidly, causing minerals in the water to build up in the system, restricting water flow and decreasing efficiency.
If you sign up for a Silver Shield maintenance plan, we’ll flush out the minerals by running a descaling agent through the system, keeping it in tip-top operating shape.
Schedule your Appointment with us Today
We would love to help you with your storage or tankless water heater installation in Bellingham, Mount Vernon & Everett, WA. In order for us to make this happen, we need you to get in touch with our friendly support staff. You can do this by visiting our Contact Us page. If you prefer a more direct communication channel, feel free to call us at (360) 676-1131 today.