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How to Repair or Replace a Water Heater to Enhance Water Heater Performance

There are several things you can do when you are looking to improve and enhance the performance of your hot water heater. The most important thing is to consider the age of your hot water heater before doing anything else.

If your hot water heater is around ten years old or older, it is probably time to replace the water heater with a new one. Most water heaters performance can start to decline once they get older. They do not heat the water as efficiently, they use more electricity or gas, and they start to have noticeable problems.

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If your hot water heater is still in decent shape and not ready to be replaced, then you will want to consider doing the following things:

  • Install a water heater blanket if you do not have one already. A water heater blanket will insulate the tank and help reduce heat loss. A good test is to carefully touch the side of the water tank and, if you can feel heat, it means you are experiencing heat loss.
  • Insulate hot water pipes on the heater and other ones you can easily access. This enhancement can require the assistance of your plumber since reaching some hot water lines can be difficult.
  • Turn down the thermostat setting about ten degrees. Lowering the thermostat setting can enhance the performance of the heater because it will not have to reheat water as often.
  • Have the tank flushed and cleaned by your plumber. Sediment and debris can collect on the bottom of the tank and decrease performance. It is highly recommended to have the tank flushed and cleaned annually.

If your hot water heater is older and nearing the end of its useful life, the best way to enhance performance is to get a new high-efficiency water heater. There are several different model options and choices available to choose from, including:

  • High-Efficiency Gas and Electric Storage Heaters: These are your traditional water heaters that have been updated with newer technologies and better tank insulation. Some even offer programmable thermostats so you can regular water temperatures based on your home’s needs.

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  • High-Efficiency Gas and Electric Tankless Heaters: These types of water heaters do not require a storage tank. Rather, hot water is made on demand when you need it. You can use a single large tankless heater or install smaller individual heaters in specific areas of the home like the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • High-Efficiency Heat Pump Water Heaters: This type of water heater works similarly to a heat pump by drawing in warm air from around the tank and using it to heat the water. During peak demands, there is an electric heating coil inside that will turn on to ensure hot water is available.

When selecting a new water heater for your home, you will want to take into account your home’s hot water usage and peak times.

For assistance in determining which high-efficiency water heater would be best for your home or for help enhancing the performance of your existing water heater, please feel free to contact your nearest Christianson Air Conditioning & Plumbing location in New Braunfels, Temple, San Antonia, or Austin Metro today!

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