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Discover the Best Place to Put Your Tankless Water Heater

Discover the Best Place to Put Your Tankless Water HeaterA tankless water heater is an efficient way to increase hot water in your Peachtree City home. It’s important to place your water heater correctly for proper operation. Keep these considerations in mind to make sure you choose the ideal placement for your new tankless water heater installation.

Near High-Demand Areas

Consider where you most want to have access to hot water. Are you battling cold showers? Do you want a more readily available supply of hot water for your clothes washer? Place your water heater as close as possible to the area where you want to provide the hot water supply. You can even install multiple water heaters in your home if you have a lot of space to cover.

With Direct Venting

Venting is important for a tankless water heater. Ideally, your water heater will have the shortest vent possible with a minimal number of bends. Place your heater somewhere you can utilize a short, straight vent whenever possible.

Away from the Elements

Your water heater should not be exposed to the elements. If you must place it outside, keep it away from insects, rain, and direct sunlight. If the water in the heater freezes, it can cause serious damage to the unit. It is safe from freezing when it’s on, but if you lose power, the water heater is at risk if it’s placed outside, so it’s important to protect it from freezing.

With proper placement and regular maintenance, you can enjoy hot, efficient water from a tankless water heater. Keep these considerations in mind as you upgrade your water heater. For assistance managing your home comfort needs, contact Powers Heating & Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Tips for Protecting Tankless Water Heaters in Freezing Weather

Tips for Protecting Tankless Water Heaters in Freezing Weather With professional sizing and installation, tankless water heaters are ideal heating solutions for many household hot water needs. Like storage water heaters, measures must be implemented to protect tankless water heaters from pipe damage caused by freezing temperatures. Here’s what needs to be done:

Protecting Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are available as electric-powered models or natural-gas-powered models. As long as the heater (heating element or combustion component) is on, it’s not at risk of freezing when outside temperatures dip below 32 degrees. If there’s a disruption to power, however, your heater might be damaged by the freezing water inside the system.

An experienced HVAC professional can implement preventive measures during installation to protect your tankless water heater. This is accomplished by installing an emergency drain pipe, which prevents water inside your heater from freezing. The primary concern regarding freezing water and components is to protect the copper pipes that convey cold intake water for heating.

“Heat tracing” a tankless water heater to protect pipes requires installing a combination of heat source and insulation. Here’s how this is done:

  • Measure the length of the exposed pipe feeding your tankless water heater. Piping running along the inside of unconditioned walls, such as garage walls, outdoor pipes and any piping located in an unconditioned space, are vulnerable to freezing.
  • Plug in the heater wire nearest the pipe by the heater. Wrap the heater wire around the pipe with a spiral twist about every 12 inches. Then, use electrical tape to secure the heater wire every three to four inches, so that it stays in place. If you’re near the end of the pipe and have excess wire, tighten the spirals without overlapping. It’s okay if the wire is a few inches short.
  • Wrap the insulated tape in a tight spiral pattern around the pipe. Then, overlap the tape by one-quarter inch to ensure the entire pipe is insulated from beginning to end.

By protecting your tankless water heater, you’re ensuring your Peachtree City home has plenty of hot water no matter the weather. For more tips, please contact Powers Heating & Air today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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You Need a New Water Heater — What Will the Total Cost Cost You?

You Need a New Water Heater -- What Will the Total Cost Cost You?Buying a new water heater can be a slightly frustrating experience once you start to do a little bit of research into what kinds of water heaters there are available. In order to better understand what type of price you might be looking at, you need to first decide on exactly what kind of water heater you are going to get: tankless or conventional.

Tankless Water Heaters

Depending on the number of people living in your home, making your new water heater a tankless one may be a great way to save a lot of money on your energy bill. For smaller homes and houses with only two or three people living under one roof, a tankless heater may be perfect since it can easily handle one use at a time, such as a shower, or two less intense uses, such as a dishwasher and clothes washer at once. These water heaters warm up the water as it is needed, removing the need for a tank of hot water to be constantly re-heated throughout the day. A tankless heater usually costs a few hundred dollars, and usually around a couple of hundred dollars for the installation.

Conventional Water Heaters

A water heater with a tank is great for homes with large families since it can release hot water to several appliances or fixtures at once without running out for quite a while. Since these water heaters have been around for a long time, you can generally find these brand new for a couple of hundred dollars, with a similar price tag for installation. You may end up paying a little more for the constant reheating of the water, but if you have a lot of people living with you, it may be the best choice.

The home comfort professionals at Powers Heating & Air have been in the HVAC business for over 30 years and know the needs of customers around the Peachtree area. Allow us to share our experience with you and solve all of your heating or cooling needs by giving us a call or visiting our website.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Your Gas-Fueled Tankless Water Heater: Key Venting Factors

Your Gas-Fueled Tankless Water Heater: Key Venting FactorsMany homeowners are making the switch to tankless water heating in their homes these days. A tankless water heater can provide big energy savings because it doesn’t need to expend fuel keeping a tank of water hot constantly. Tankless units can provide a continuous supply of hot water on demand due to their unique design, which heats water instantaneously. The tankless water heater is also a space-saver, taking up much less room than a standard tank model.

Tankless water heaters that are fueled by gas use high-powered burners to provide hot water immediately when needed, so correct venting design and professional installation are extremely important. Be sure to consult a quality HVAC contractor in advance of purchasing your water heater(s). An experienced technician can determine whether a larger diameter gas pipe is needed and help you decide whether any additional point-of-use tankless units are necessary.

Direct, Dedicated Venting Required…

  • To keep your family safe: Shortcuts in tankless water heater venting may allow dangerous carbon monoxide leakage.
  • To keep equipment in top shape: Improper venting impedes performance and shortens your unit’s life because it allows condensate to enter and damage the unit.
  • To keep property protected: Careless venting practices can, for instance, result in condensate damage in chimney masonry.

Tankless Water Heater Venting Specifics

  • Your tankless water heater(s) may vent through the wall or roof.
  • Only UL listed stainless steel venting pipes are effective: They can stand up to contact with condensate and positive pressure from the water heater fan.
  • Vent runs must be relatively short: This minimizes installation costs and protects the water-heating unit. Follow manufacturer instructions and configure the venting system with few or no elbows, which shorten the maximum pipe run.
  • If using a masonry chimney: Line it with vent piping to accommodate condensate drainage.
  • Horizontal vent pipe must be sloped: Install the pipe sloping away from the tankless unit, with condensate drainage no further than three feet from the connection.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide leaks by sealing the venting system.

Contact the experts at Powers Heating and Air today for more information about tankless water heaters and complete home comfort services for your Peachtree City area home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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What Should Your New Water Heater Look Like and Do?

What Should Your New Water Heater Look Like and Do?Gone are the days when water heaters were simple appliances that heated water and stored it in a tank until you needed it. Some of the new systems on the market, on-demand or tankless water heaters, do not even require a tank. With all the bells and whistles, selecting a new water heater may seem like a daunting task. Three of the main considerations when purchasing you new system should include:

How do you prefer to power your new water heater? A gas unit will cost you slightly more upfront but usually costs less to operate. Electric systems do not require additional venting and are relatively easy to maintain. These factors apply to both tank and tankless water heaters, which both have electric and gas options.

Do you prefer a traditional tank heater or do you want to go tankless? Conventional tank units are economical and store between 20 and 80 gallons. Though tankless systems require more investment upfront, they fit easily on a wall and free up space. A tankless water heater can also reduce your energy consumption by as much as 30 percent.

How will you use your new system? If you only need to a heat water for a small area of your home, you may consider opting for a “point of use” tankless system. These units can be easily fitted under a sink or cabinet and deliver heated water exactly where you need it.

Other important considerations for your new water heater include dimensions and efficiency. Once you have decided on the capacity, you’ll need to make sure your new system will fit into the space where it will be installed. This is a bit easier if you are selecting a tankless system. Water heaters can use quite a bit of energy, so you’ll also need to make sure you select the most efficient system possible by checking out the Energy Factor (EF) rating of the unit.

Other features you might consider when purchasing your new water heater include whether the unit is self-cleaning, its recovery speed, and whether it includes an auto shut-off valve.

If you need help selecting or installing a new water heater for your home, make sure you give our experts at Powers Heating and Air a call with all your questions and concerns. We provide top-quality services to Peachtree City and the surrounding area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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