Your water heater is one of many of your home appliances that you want to be sure you are very knowledgeable on. A water heater can last you for years, but it will last you for more of them if you take proper care of it. Also, gaining more knowledge about your water heater can keep your household safer, and it can save you money. This article will help you to understand why this is and it will help you learn the things you should know about your water heater:
Water heaters can run on different energy/fuel sources – There are electric, oil, propane and natural gas water heaters. Before you decide to go with an electric water heater, you may want to call your utility company and inquire about what the rates may be. In some areas, it can cost you a lot to run an electric water heater and you don't want to get in over your head financially by going electric in a region where it will cost you more than you can handle each month.
Don't wait for your water heater to stop working on you to replace it – With some appliances, you may feel okay with waiting until you can't get anymore use out of it before you finally go ahead and replace it. However, this shouldn't be done with a water heater for a few different reasons. One reason is because an older model water heater will work less efficiently, so you will be paying more than needed just to run it. Another reason is because you will find there are many little repairs you will start needing to pay for right before it finally gives out. Another reason is because you don't want to end up going without any hot water in your home until you can get a new one put in.
Don't run your new water heater without checking the thermostat – Don't just assume that the water heater is set to a good temperature on the thermostat because it came preset to that temperature. The truth is, many times water heaters are put out into the market place with the temperature set much hotter than you want or need, and this can put someone in your home at risk of being burned and it will leave you paying excessively to heat water hotter than you even want it to be set to.
Get in touch with a water heater installation professional for more help.