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When Your Water Heater Affects Your HVAC

When Your Water Heater Affects Your HVACIf you have a forced-air HVAC system and a gas-fired water heater in your Peachtree City home, you may not realize that they’re closely related. Both of these appliances are essential to your family’s daily comfort, and they’re also the two major energy consumers that affect your household utility bills.

 

What this means is that regular HVAC and water heater maintenance are both vital if you want have a truly energy efficient, comfortable home.

Water Heater Maintenance 101

As an energy-savvy homeowner, you probably already schedule HVAC maintenance on a semi-annual basis so your equipment operates at optimal efficiency. Establishing a corresponding care regimen for the water heater is an easy way to enjoy a reliable hot water supply, prolong the appliance’s lifespan, and prevent energy waste too.

 

To keep your water heater well-maintained, you should take these steps:

Test the T&P valve’s functionality.

This critical safety feature is in place to let excess heat/pressure escape so the tank doesn’t rupture or explode. If the valve is leaking or seized up, and water doesn’t drain out through its overflow tube when the lever is tested, it should be replaced.

Check the anode rod.

Water heaters have a sacrificial metal anode rod to preserve the tank from corrosion. Since the rod’s designed to corrode away, it’s important to periodically check how much material remains, and replace it when necessary.

Flush sediment out of the tank.

When water is heated, some dissolved minerals naturally precipitate out into solid sediment that gradually accumulates on the tank bottom. Draining, thoroughly flushing, and refilling the tank every year can help clear out the sediment so it doesn’t ruin the tank or erode your water heater’s energy efficiency.

Inspect for exterior corrosion and rust.

Significant corrosion around the tank seams and the various connections is a warning sign that your water heater is likely approaching the end of its useful lifespan. To avoid messy leaks or a sudden failure, now is the time to investigate your replacement options.

 

To schedule expert preventive maintenance for the comfort equipment in your home, contact us today Powers Heating & Air.

How to: Save on Water Heating

How to: Save on Water Heating

How to: Save on Water HeatingEvery time you turn on a hot water fixture or an appliance that uses hot water in your home, your water heater goes to work. It also works a lot in between uses maintaining the thermostat temperature. All that work and energy usage can really add up quickly in higher water heating bills.

 

The secret to lowering your water heating bill is to combine conservation efforts and more efficient water heating. Here are some great tips to help!

Turn Back Hot Water Temperature

Turning back your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees is safer to use by preventing scalding and it saves energy. After you’ve turned back the thermostat a notch, use a thermometer to measure hot water temperature from the most distant fixture. You’ll need to wait a few hours in between adjustments.

Clean Your Water Heater

Debris and deposits inside your water heater make it work harder, use more energy, contaminate water and can cause your water heater to breakdown or fail early. You’ve got a lot to gain in addition to energy savings by flushing your water heater.

  • Turn off the water heater’s electricity and gas as applicable.
  • Close the water inlet valve.
  • Attach a garden hose to the drain. Extend the hose outside or to a floor drain.
  • Turn on the drain to empty the water heater.
  • After the water has drained, turn on the water inlet valve to flush more water through for a few minutes.
  • Close the drain valve and fill the water heater.
  • Disconnect the water hose, and turn on the electricity and gas.
  • Drain a gallon every few months to help prevent buildup.

Install a Timer

Water heater timers can save a lot of money — especially if your water heater is located in an unconditioned area of your home. Timers are available in basic switches, countdown timers, box timers, programmable devices and WiFi-enabled timers.

 

Work with a reputable HVAC contractor, and you’ll save money on your water heating bill and your HVAC system all summer long.

 

Please contact Powers Heating & Air for the best water heater and HVAC services in Peachtree City.

 

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). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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Don’t Forget About Water Heater Maintenance

Don't Forget About Water Heater MaintenanceIt’s easy to forget about maintaining home appliances and equipment, or putting off preventive care for a more convenient time. However, it can cost you in the long term with malfunctioning parts or a system failure, and cost you in the short term with higher energy bills. Take a few moments to learn why water heater maintenance shouldn’t be put off, and then make a call to your trusted home services company to set an appointment.

Save Money, Time and Avoid Problems

One of the benefits not to be overlooked by maintaining your water heater is time. Schedule spring water heater maintenance now and possibly avoid the inconvenience and cost of an emergency repair later. Moreover, enjoy these benefits.

 

  • Savings: Professional maintenance reduces your water heating costs — second only to heating and cooling costs — and can help prevent expensive repairs and cold showers!
  • Safety: If your hot water seems too hot, you may be right. Scalding can occur in a matter of seconds. Ask your service technician to turn back the temperature for safer hot water and more energy savings.
  • Service life: Get the most years of service possible out of your water heater by maintaining regular maintenance calls.
  • Health: Clean water is essential not to be overlooked.

Professional Water Heater Maintenance

Following are some of the primary tasks your service technician performs during water heater maintenance:

 

  • Inspection: The water heater is visually inspected for signs of water leaks (e.g. rust streaks) and venting problems (e.g. rust and/or soot on top of the water heater).
  • Cleaning: The water heater is completely drained to flush out sediment and mineral deposits.
  • Anode rod: The anode rod attracts and removes metals and other impurities from the water. This part should be replaced every two to four years for more healthful water and to prevent damage to the water heater’s lining.
  • TPR: The temperature pressure relief (TPR) valve is tested, which can prevent tank rupture by extreme temperatures and/or pressure.

If you’ve forgotten about water heater maintenance this year, not to worry. Please contact the professionals at Powers Heating & Air today for fast service!

 

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). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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Does Your House Need Multiple Water Heaters?

Does Your House Need Multiple Water Heaters?

Does Your House Need Multiple Water Heaters?Replacing your storage tank water heater with an on-demand or tankless unit can help you save energy, but before you make the switch, you need to understand key differences between these two water heating methods. First, consider how they work:

  • Tank-style water heaters can keep 40–80 gallons of water hot and ready for use, so you can use the shower, dishwasher, kitchen sink and washing machine all at once. When the tank is depleted, though, it can take an hour or more to replenish the supply.
  • Tankless water heaters begin heating water when you turn on the hot water at a faucet or appliance. An on-demand unit won’t run out of hot water, but it can’t supply more than one–two fixtures at once.

Do You Need One or Multiple Water Heaters?

If you’re used to a storage tank water heater that supplies 7.5–9.5 gallons per minute (gpm) of hot water, a single on-demand unit that supplies just 2.5–5 gpm may not be sufficient. To help you decide how many water heaters your home needs, get professional advice and consider the following factors:

  • Peak demand. To calculate your household’s peak demand, turn on all your hot water taps and appliances then note how many minutes it takes for the water to turn cold. Then, divide this figure into the number of gallons your storage tank unit holds. For example, a 60 gallon tank ÷ 15 minutes = a peak demand of 4 gpm.
  • Home size. A single tankless water heater with a flow rate matching your peak demand may be adequate if your home is relatively small with just one or two bathrooms. For a larger home with three–four bathrooms, installing two on-demand units in parallel may be necessary to meet your needs.
  • Supply distance. If you have fixtures or appliances located some distance apart, it may be advisable to install two or more point-of-use on-demand water heaters to avoid unnecessary energy losses and prolonged delivery times.

If you need expert advice about whether your Peachtree City home needs more than one water heater, contact us today at 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). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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Signs You Need a New Water Heater

Signs You Need a New Water HeaterIf you heat water with a gas or electric powered storage-tank water heater, once thing you can be sure of – eventually it’s going to fail. You’ll likely be looking for a new water heater in 10 years. And the fact that a failing water heater can create quite a mess and damage your home makes it all the more important to know the main signs of a failing water heater.

Signs You Need a New Water Heater

Age — If you’re not sure of your water heater’s age, there’s a way to find out. Find the serial number, and it will contain the date of manufacture. For example, if the serial number is B041063478, pay attention to the first letter and first two numbers (B04). B is the second letter of the alphabet, representing the second month of the year (February). The two numbers represent the year. In this case, the water heater was manufactured in February 2004, and probably is past time for replacement. With a water heater close to the end of its service life, either replace it before it fails, or monitor it closely so you can replace it before it damages your home.

Rusty water — If water coming from your hot-water faucets appears orange or rusty, this may signal the water heater is rusting on the inside, a sure sign of impending failure. To check that the rusty water isn’t a result of deteriorating pipes, drain hot water into three or four 5-gallon buckets. If the water is still rusty after two or three buckets, the problem is your water heater.

Water appearing under or near the water heater — Unless there’s another source for this water, such as pipes or fittings connected to the appliance, it likely is coming from the bottom of the water heater. These leaks usually get worse as time passes, and in an older water heater mean the tank is rusting out and not far from complete failure.

To talk with a trusted technician about a new water heater for your Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Newnan or Sharpsburg area home, please contact us at 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). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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