Water heaters are one of the most common household appliances, yet homeowners and commercial clients alike don’t always fully understand how they work. As a licensed plumbing contractor, our team at Allied Reddi-Rooter in Cincinnati, OH, wants to help you better understand your water heater needs. With that in mind, here are some answers to the questions we most frequently receive.
Water Heater FAQs, Answered by Your Local Plumbing Contractor
What Size Do I Need?
The size of water heater you need ultimately depends on the size of your building and how many people will be using water on a regular basis. For a traditional water heater, it is recommended that you estimate your peak hourly demand, determining how much hot water is used during this time. You should choose a water heater with a first-hour rating that matches your peak usage rate.
Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Me?
Tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than traditional models, but they aren’t for everyone. In general, they are best suited for smaller households with lower peak hot water usage. They typically cannot provide enough heat for a larger building during peak demand periods.
What Maintenance Issues Should I Watch Out For?
While a regular inspection by a certified plumber will help you keep your water heater in good shape, you should routinely check your system on your own for leaks and other issues. Be aware of loud rumbling noises or the appearance of rust in your tank. These could indicate excessive wear and tear on your system.
When Should I Replace My Water Heater?
Most water heaters have an expected lifespan of 15 years. If you begin to notice more maintenance problems and reduced performance efficiency, it’s likely time for a replacement. Don’t wait until it breaks down and floods your basement.
Is it time for a water heater replacement? With over 60 years in business, you can trust our team at Allied Reddi-Rooter to help you make the right choice. To learn more about why you should choose us over another plumbing contractor, or to request a free, no-obligation service quote, visit us online or call (513) 396-5300.