Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Forest Lake Home
If you’d like a different type of water heater rather than a conventional gas water heater for your home, it’s easier now than ever! Many homes in Lake Forest feature gas tank water heaters installed, but today there are so many other choices available! Below are listed just some different types of water heater systems on the market today so you can make the best choice for your home’s needs:
Tankless Water Heater: A tankless water heater goes directly into your water line. This design can save a lot of space. Bear in mind that while tankless water heaters save you space, they’ll need servicing every 5 years and heat your water no matter of what temperature it is.
Electric Water Heater: These operate in a very similar fashion to gas water heaters but they’re powered by electricity rather than gas. Depending on tank size your home needs, this option can be a very economical choice. It can even save money on your monthly utility costs.
Solar Water Heaters: Just as its name says, these systems harness the energy of the sun to heat the water. They include a storage tank and solar collector and can be a very cost-effective way to heat your home’s water.
Tankless Coil and Indirect Water Heaters: Both of these water heaters go directly into your home’s heating system in order to heat the water. They’ll warm your home’s water without a tank. The water is heated as it streams through the heating coil or heat exchanger in the furnace or boiler to produce hot water.
Heat Pump Water Heaters: This option uses electricity to move heat from one place to another rather than of generating heat directly. This process is similar to how a refrigerator works but opposite. It retrieves heat from surrounding air and then places the warm air into a tank so it can heat the water.
There are three primary considerations to keep in mind when choosing which water heater will be the most viable solution for your home in Forest Lake:
Size: What size water heater will your home need to meet your household’s hot water demand? Bigger isn’t always better because you could be wasting your hard-earned money on something your home doesn’t need. With that said, a unit that is too small will be inadequate to and you’ll constantly be running out of hot water. The tank size is also contingent on the amount space that’s being allowed for installation.
Energy Efficiency: Discuss with Capps how you can save money on your monthly utility costs with a new energy efficient water heater. With today’s modern energy efficient models, you can heat your water while consuming less energy and that leads to savings.
Costs: The main concern comes down to cost and what kind of price tag you have in mind for a new water heater. Capps Plumbing has discounts available on water heater options. Call Capps to discuss how we can customize a solution for your home.
Signs Your Need To Replace Or Repair Your Water Heater
A water heater typically lasts 8-12 years. If your water heater has exceeded that 12 year limit, consider having it replaced preemptively before starts causing you problems. Water heaters in Forest Lake, Illinois are available in three choices: gas water heaters, electric water heaters, and tankless water heaters. In addition to the age of your property’s water heater, below are some other common indications that may signal that it’s time to replace your home’s water heater:
- While running the faucets, the water has developed a rusty appearance rather than clear
- If the water seems muddy or sandy, there may be an accumulation at the bottom of the tank
- If you sense a metallic taste or aroma in the water, this could mean that your tank is breaking down because metal flakes are flaking off and getting into your water.
- The water warms up but isn’t getting hot. First, make sure that your thermostat is set between 120 and 140 degrees. If it’s set at the specified temperature but the water is still not getting hot, call Capps for inspection.
- If there are loud and strange noises coming from the water heater, call Capps.
- The frequency and the length of time between repairs for your water heater could mean that your property’s water heater is starting to break down. You can depend on Capps Plumbing to always give you expert, honest advice about whether it would be better to repair your water heater or replace the water heater.
- If you start seeing leaks around the bottom of the water heater, attention is required immediately. Your unit will need to be replaced. Even if the leaks seem small at first, these cracks can rupture and cause extensive water damage in an short amount of time. If you see a leak or see water pooling around your water heater, don’t wait to call Capps to get the unit replaced. Failure to do so could result in water damage and cleanup costs.