Prompt service for water heater installation in San Antonio area
Quest Plumbing is experienced in water heater installation and water heater repair in San Antonio, TX. Water heaters usually don’t require much maintenance, but below are suggestions from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (ARHI) for keeping your water heater in top form.
1. Know the age of your water heater
Most water heaters have an expected service life of 10 to 13 years. Preplanning for the end of your water heater’s life is important to helping you make the best and most economical choice for your home.
2. Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations on maintenance
Not all water heaters are the same, so when it comes to routine maintenance, read the manufacturer’s recommendations in your user manual. For storage water heaters, the manufacturer will likely recommend that you check the pressure relief valve every six months and flush the tank every six months, especially if you live in an area with hard water.
3. Maintain your water heater safely
Contacting a qualified professional for regular maintenance is the safest way to maintain your water heater. But if you want to perform your own maintenance, always wear gloves, goggles and other protective clothing while performing maintenance on your water heater.
4. Check the pressure relief valve
The pressure relief valve and drain are conveniently placed for maintenance. Gas and electric storage water heaters have a safety device called a pressure relief valve. In the event the tank over-pressurizes, the relief valve opens and releases the pressure. If the valve does not operate correctly, the tank can over pressurize and explode.
5. Flush the tank every six months
Sediment build-up in the tank can reduce your water heater’s energy efficiency and also clog your water lines. Avoid these problems and increase the life of your unit by flushing the tank each time you check the pressure relief valve.
How to select a water heaterA wide array of water heater types, models and efficiencies are available to meet your needs. The AHRI offers the following items for you to consider when you are looking at new water heaters.
1. Know your options
Learn about the different types of water heaters to better understand how this heating equipment works to provide your home with hot water. For example, ask us whether tankless water heaters in San Antonio (demand or instantaneous) are a good option for you.
2. What type of fuel/energy source is being used
3. Will the water heater fit in the space available in your home
- Natural gas
- Liquid Propane
Measure the space where the water heater will be placed including depth, height and width. You also should measure door ways to the area where the water heater will be placed to make sure it will make it through these entrances.
4. Hire a pro
One of the easiest ways to save energy from your water heater is to hire a professional to install a new one. Newer water tanks are better insulated and heat water more efficiently.
5. Reduce use
To conserve hot water, you can fix leaks, install low-flow fixtures, and purchase an energy-efficient dishwasher and clothes washer.
6. Lower the temperature
To conserve energy and prevent scalding, lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120ºF. For each 10ºF reduction in water temperature, you can save 3 percent to 5 percent in energy costs.
7. Consider an ENERGY STAR® water heater
Highly efficient water heaters earn the ENERGY STAR label to help you make efficient choices.