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Is It Time for A New Water Heater?

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Plumber repairing an hot-water heaterYour hot water heater allows you to live a comfortable life. This system can last many years in your home, but every appliance has a finite lifespan—you can’t expect it to last forever even with proper care and maintenance. You should never procrastinate when it comes to replacing an outdated appliance in your home, but this is especially true of your water heater.

It’s also one of the most used appliances in your home. In fact, your water heater accounts for almost 17% of your home’s energy usage. That’s more than all your other household appliances combined. Make sure that it’s always working at its best. If you’re looking for a great water heater installation in Salem, OR then contact our team today. If you’re wondering when to replace, keep reading below.

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Signs You Need Water Heater Repair

Monday, July 24th, 2017

storage-tank-water-heaterNo matter the season here in Oregon, no matter the temperatures outside, there’s one heating system you’ll always need to be working in your home: the water heater. It’s easy to take the water heater for granted, and that you’ll have hot water from the taps whenever you need it.

When you consider the amount of stress a water heater undergoes—it works 365 days a year—you’ll understand that you can’t expect the water heater to work 100% free from malfunctions. At some point, you may need to have your water heater professionally repaired, and it helps to know the warning indications that something has gone wrong. Below are some of the tell-tale signs it’s time to call our professionals for water heater repair in Eugene, OR.

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Watch for These Signs of Water Heater Trouble

Monday, December 26th, 2016

The water heater in a home works all throughout the year, although you can expect to have it working a bit more during the winter months. And if the water heater fails on you during winter, the impact will be worse than a failure during the summer. So we encourage you to watch for the following indications that you have a water heater that’s facing an uphill climb due to wear and/or malfunctions.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Old Water Heater?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

When preparing for the cold weather, you probably first think of the heating system that provides warmth for your household. But there’s another heating system to pay attention to, one that works all around the year: the water heater.

As winter weather comes closer, now is a good time to consider your water heater’s performance and whether it’s ready to be replaced. Being trapped without hot water is unpleasant any day of the year—but it’s especially miserable during chilly winter weather. We’ve provided some questions to ask about your old water heater that will help you decide on when to replace it.

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Water Heater Options to Consider in Eugene

Monday, October 29th, 2012

In Eugene, a hot shower is a great way to ease yourself into your morning routine. Your water heater is the wonderful appliance that delivers that warm water to your shower every morning. If you’re looking to replace your water heater or if you’re buying a new water heater for a new home, it’s an important choice to make. We’ve put together some of important factors that people should consider as they start the process of buying a new water heater.

Fuel

This is one of the most important factors in choosing a water heater. Water heaters typically use electricity or gas, although there are solar options as well. The easiest option is get a water heater that uses the same fuel as the one before it. But if you’re interested in switching fuels, either for price reasons or environmental, you should definitely consult with a Eugene heating or plumbing company about the availability of certain fuels and the conversion cost. Here are some considerations for each fuel.

  • Electricity – Generally cheaper up front than gas. Requires no combustion or ventilation. Is energy efficient and heats water very quickly.
  • Gas – Cost less to operate but larger up front cost. Must have a flue to vent fumes. If you have a large propane tank, you won’t be affected by power outages.

Water Storage

There are tank and tankless water heaters and each has their own advantages and disadvantages. Consult your heating contractor or plumber for advice on which is right for your home in Eugene.

  • Tank water heater – A large concern with these models is that you can run out of hot water. Below we discuss capacity issues. They can be economical depending on which brand you get.
  • Tankless – Requires large up-front cost. Hangs on wall to increase available floor space. Requires venting. Reduces energy consumption by up to 30%. Good option for part-time residences.

Tank Capacity

Regardless of whether you choose a tank or tankless model, you’ll have to choose which size you need for your home. For tankless water heaters the size is based on a flow rate which is measured in gallons per minute. For tank water heaters, the capacity is measured in gallons. Consult with your local plumber or contractor to determine which size will accommodate your needs.

Water Heater Dimensions

One final consideration is the physical size of your water heater. Use a measuring tape to determine the size of your current system. If you’re replacing it because it’s too small, make sure you have enough space for your new, larger water heater. If you’re going tankless, make sure the wall location has easy access to ventilation.

If you have any questions about your water heater or replacing it with a new one, call the experts at Comfort Flow. We have years of experience working with customers in Eugene and can do the same for you.

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