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Ignoring Your Hot Water Heater Can Be Risky

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We at Masters Heating & Cooling would like to have a talk with you about your water heater. When was the last time you thought about it? Come on now, tell the truth. A month ago? A year ago? Not since you bought your house? You are not alone. That’s why you need to call Masters Heating & Cooling. Our professionals can make sure your shower doesn’t turn into a frigid morning wakeup call.

The first thing our technicians will do is inspect and perform maintenance on whatever hot water system you currently have and make any needed repairs. We can also talk with you about the advantages of replacing your current system, if it’s needed.

Did you know your water heater is generally the second largest energy user ($400 to $600 a year) in the home, behind only your HVAC system? It’s certainly deserving of more attention than it usually gets.

In most homes, the water heater is an insulated tank holding 50+ gallons of water. A gas or electric heating element keeps all of the water hot, and the tank is connected to the household plumbing to deliver the heated water on demand to all fixtures.

There other options to consider that could end up saving money in the long run. The most common second choice is the so-called tankless or instant hot water system. It heats the water as you use it and doesn’t have to keep an entire tank of water hot.

The tankless systems have been heavily promoted in recent years, but they are not the best choice for every situation. Here are some of the pros and cons from energy.gov:

A solar water heater is great for the environment, but the upfront costs are higher and you may have to install a backup system to ensure hot water during cloudy weather so it might not be the best choice.

Another possibility is using a heat pump to heat the water instead of heating it directly with gas or electricity. It is more efficient, but in our sometimes-colder climate you have to remember a heat pump gives off cold air that could increase your home’s heating expenses.

Just know the worst thing you can do is continue to ignore service, repair, and maintenance on the system that gives you the luxury of hot water for bathing and cleaning. Call Masters Heating & Cooling, and if you’re still confused we’ll be happy to help you sort things out.

TANKLESS WATER HEATERS STORAGE WATER HEATERS
PROS
8% to 34% More efficient Low initial costs
Constant supply Cheaper to install
CONS
Multiple users can mean cold water Must heat entire tank
Energy savings may not cover higher costs Standby heat loss
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