Water heaters can be tricky, expensive, and all around a very frustrating aspect of home ownership, especially if your home is not new construction. The most common water heater in homes across the US today is the old fashioned storage heater. These involve a tank that heats water using gas or electricity (and sometimes solar power), and stores that hot water. This old fashioned method can fail in many ways. Conventional water heaters have the lowest initial cost, however their inefficiency makes them more expensive to operate and upkeep. Conventional tanks are anywhere from 40 to 80 gallons and they function by heating and storing hot water whether it is being used or not, which is very wasteful.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are the newest and most energy efficient option for your home. Anthony Piscopo Plumbing can handle your water heater replacement project from start to finish. Tankless water heaters have a slightly higher initial cost, but the money they will save you over time on utility bills, as well as the reduced water and gas waste make these truly green appliances! In addition, tankless water heaters are known to last much longer than the conventional style.
Another great option for replacing your old water heater is the heat pump water heater. The US Department of Energy tells us that “heat pump water heaters can be two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric storage water heaters.” These products are great to use not only as a water heater but also for climate control. Heat Pump Water Heaters work by moving heat from one space to another. So they take the hot air from the room they occupy and use that to heat the water in the tank. This is a great way to cool down hot spaces like your garage or cramped furnace room. As a bonus, in “Hybrid Mode” it uses the same amount of energy as a large light bulb. Or better yet: go for a fully Hybrid Water Heater, and watch your energy costs drop!
Water Heater Repair
Did you know that your average electric water heater can account for almost 40% of your monthly electric bill? Does your water heater rumble and/or leak? A faulty water heater can be the cause of more than just lack of hot water. A leaking water heater can affect your utility bills and cause damage to surrounding areas such as mold and stains. Water heaters that are not safely installed or properly maintained can also leave your home subject to fire hazards and fumes. If you have a malfunctioning water heater, call Piscopo Plumbing today at 919-234-7874 so that we can get started on your repair.
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