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Tips to Keep Your Water Heater Running Efficiently

Monday, May 30th, 2016

When it comes to hard working appliances in your home, your water heater is at the top of the list. When you consider what the average tank water heater goes through, it’s easy to understand why. A tank water heater is constantly running form the time it is installed to the end of its useful life.

Due to this demand to maintain a standing supply of hot water at all times, your water heater system accumulates a lot of wear and tear on its parts. To make sure that your water heater lasts as long as possible and to avoid wasting money, read the tips we’ve shared below.

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Some More Facts about Tankless Water Heaters You Should Know

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Two week ago, we shared some information with you about tankless water heaters: their history, some of the myths surrounding them, and the energy sources they use. However, there is much more info about tankless water heaters that we’d like our customers to know. These systems are rising rapidly in popularity throughout the U.S., and may soon overtake conventional storage water heaters as the principal way in this country of providing hot water for homes. Below are some interesting and helpful facts to know about them.

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We Answer Some of Your Common Questions about Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, February 15th, 2016

One of special services that we provide our customers is installing tankless water heating systems. Tankless water heaters continue to grow in popularity in the U.S. each year, and in Europe they’re already the standard and have been so for more than a decade. However, there are still many misunderstanding out there about tankless water heaters, and we’d like to take this opportunity to answer some of the more common questions people have about them.

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Help, My Water Heater Isn’t Giving Me Enough Hot Water!

Monday, May 4th, 2015

A well-installed storage water heater that receives annual maintenance from professionals should last 20 years, or possibly more, before it needs to be replaced. During that period, the water heater should deliver a reliable supply of hot water to a household. You’ll have a good idea of how much work you can put on your water heater before the water supply goes cold.

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Can I Perform My Own Water Heater Maintenance?

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Water heaters tend to fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” category – that is, until they fail, and then you can’t move fast enough to get hot water flowing back into your home. However, there is a great way to avoid the scramble of a broken water heater: schedule annual maintenance. Annual maintenance for your water heater in Macon County, NC, can help keep your hot water heater in good working order, but to really gain the benefits of maintenance, it’s important to hire an expert for the job. The trained professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems can help you with all your water heater needs, so if it’s been more than 12 months since your water heater was last maintained, give us a call today!

Can’t I Do It Myself?

We get this question a lot, so here are some questions for you. Can you:

  • Thoroughly, expertly and safely inspect your hot water heater?
  • Check and test all the valves?
  • Find leaks?
  • Find corrosion?
  • Find and check the anode rod and dip tube?

Additionally, do you have the training and expertise to:

  • Conduct a flush of your water heater?
  • Remove sediment build-up?
  • Check the burner or the electric heating element?

If you didn’t answer “yes” to all of these questions, then it’s best to hire an expert.

Why Perform Maintenance?

When you hire a professional to perform annual maintenance on your water heater, there are a number of benefits you can see, including:

  • Better performance – when sediment is allowed to build-up in your water heater over a long period of time, it can interrupt the heating process. During maintenance, your water heater will be completely flushed and all sediment will be removed.
  • Better energy efficiency – a clean water heater is able to work optimally, so your heater will be able to achieve better energy efficiency.
  • Helps prevent repair – the thorough inspection of your hot water heater allows the technician to discover any problems that may interfere with your system’s operation.

It may be tempting to see if you can perform your own hot water heater maintenance in Macon County, NC, but to ensure that you reap the benefits of maintenance, call for one of our experts!

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What Happens During a Water Heater Maintenance Appointment?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

What if there was a way for your home’s water heater to work optimally year after year – would you try to make that happen? Of course you would! And the good news is, there is a way: by scheduling water heater maintenance in Atlanta. Maintenance for any kind of mechanical device or system is always a good thing, and your water heater is no exception. So what can you expect to happen during a water heater maintenance appointment? Let’s take a look.

Maintenance Overview

This is a general overview of what to expect during a water heater maintenance visit:

  • Thorough inspection of entire unit
  • Checking and testing of all valves
  • Check for leaks
  • Water heater flush
  • Sediment removal
  • Check of anode rod and dip tube
  • Check of the burner (if applicable)
  • Check of the electric heating element (if applicable)
  • Check for any corrosion

A maintenance appointment for your water heater is a full tune-up for the unit; this can provide a number of benefits, including:

  • Helps prevent future repair – the thorough inspection and checking of items like the anode rod help get you ahead of potential repairs because if an issue has developed, your technician will catch it before it can become a bigger problem.
  • Better energy efficiency – a water heater that operates with a lot of sediment at the bottom and/or dirty heating components will have a hard time running at the efficiency level it is supposed to.
  • Extend life of equipment – water heaters have an average lifespan of 12 years, but with regular maintenance, they can last as long as 15.

Are You Seeing the Signs of Poor Performance?

Water heaters can become sluggish when they haven’t been maintained, and some evidence of this can be long waits for hot water, sediment in the water and higher-than-normal water bills.

Your water heater needs maintenance just as your heating or cooling system does. If it’s been more than a year since your last water heater maintenance appointment in Atlanta, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.

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How Can I Make Sure My New Water Heater Runs Efficiently?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Your new water heater installation in Marietta will provide you with the hot water you need for warm showers and washing your dishes. But it doesn’t operate for free, and you want it to last – so what can you do? There are some simple steps you can take to help your water heater run more efficiently while maintaining its ability to provide you with hot water whenever you need it:

  • Add an insulation blanket – an insulation blanket can help cut heat loss from the outside of the storage tank by up to 40%; this can result in energy savings you’ll see reflected in your monthly bill. NOTE: a combustion water heater should only be wrapped by a trained professional.
  • Insulate your water pipes – wrapping foam your hot water pipes helps the water inside them retain heat; this can help reduce your energy costs.
  • Lower the water temperature – if you cap your water temperature at 140F, you can reduce the amount of energy you use to heat your water. Lower temperatures also help reduce mineral build-up in your water tank.
  • Replace the anode – every water heater has a component called a sacrificial anode. This component purposefully attracts the electrolytes that contribute to oxidation (rust). Once the anode is fully rusted, the electrolytes may attack the tank. By replacing the sacrificial anode, you can keep rust and corrosion at bay.
  • Flush bi-annually – sediment and mineral deposits can build up inside a tank; by doing a bi-annual flush of the tank, you can remove these build-ups and restore the tank to optimal working condition.
  • Schedule annual maintenance – during an annual maintenance, your entire water heater is checked and inspected; it is also flushed and the anode replaced if needed. All the heating elements are inspected and any parts that need lubrication are oiled.

Helping your new water heater run efficiently can help lower your energy usage and your energy bills.

If you need more assistance with making sure your water heater operates efficiently, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today.

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Are these Water Heater Noises Normal?

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Unusual noises in the home can seem worrisome, or they can just appear to be a normal part of operation for the fixtures and appliances you use every day. When you hear strange noises from your water heater, you may think that it’s a completely normal part of operation. However, it’s important to note that, while water heaters do not run completely silently, a storage tank water heater should not make any sudden unexpected noises if it is working as it should.

When you notice any noise from your heater you’ve never heard before, it’s important to call a water heater expert to ask whether the issue is typical. An experienced technician can best determine whether your particular unit is meant to make this types of noise or if it’s something out of the ordinary. Here at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, we’ve put together a primer on a few of the most common sounds homeowners may worry about.

  • Sizzling Sounds: If you frequently notice a sizzling sound from the water heater, it might be due to condensation dripping on the burner. This could affect the amount of hot water that makes its way into your home.
  • Banging or Rattling: Any unusual loud sound from the water heater like a banging or rattling noise could be due to sediment in the tank. “Hard water,” a problem common to most homes, is an excess of minerals in the water supply. Over time, sediment can build up and bang around in the tank. This can change the pressure inside the tank, which could lead to serious problems if left unaddressed.
  • Rushing Water: The sound of rushing water often indicates that the pressure inside the tank is too high. Pressure must remain somewhat consistent and is monitored by the pressure relief valve. If your pressure is off, it could just be that you need a new pressure relief valve. Alternatively, there may be too much sediment blocking the tank, which sometimes means the problem is serious and a replacement is necessary.

We recommend also scheduling annual maintenance to make sure that these types of sounds do not reoccur in the future.

Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems to schedule service for all types of water heaters in Sharpsburg.

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Will a Tankless Water Heater Save Me Money?

Monday, October 20th, 2014

If you’ve been looking into purchasing a new water heater, you’ve likely come across some information on tankless units. Unlike storage tank water heaters, tankless models do not need to store any water for future use. Instead, water is heated immediately as it passes through the system, which is why you may have heard that these water heaters save energy over traditional units.

However, tankless water heaters are generally more costly than more traditional units and will need replacement at some point in time. Furthermore, sometimes homeowners need more than one tankless water heater, since these units are not very effective at heating water for multiple taps at once. So will these units actually save money over time?

You can always discuss your concerns about the cost of tankless water heater in Bryson City with one of the technicians at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. In many cases, the initial cost of a tankless water heater is offset over the years. Here’s a look at why this is.

Storage tank water heaters have an issue with standby energy loss, meaning that they use a lot of energy throughout the day even though you only need hot water every once in a while. With a tankless unit, a computer lets the system know when you turn on a hot water tap anywhere in the home. When this happens, water heats up as soon as it passes by the heat exchanger in the unit, and the tankless heater shuts off as soon as there is no longer a need, saving money every month.

In some cases, these savings may be somewhat small, and it may take years before you see a return on your investment. However, tankless water heaters tend to have longer lifespans than traditional units. While most storage tank heaters could last about 10-15 years with proper maintenance, a tankless unit may last more than twenty. This means that you will eventually make up for the initial cost and won’t need to replace the unit as often. This is particularly true if you choose the proper technician for installation and schedule maintenance every year.

Tankless water heaters are reliable, efficient units for nearly any home. For tankless water heater installation in Bryson City, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today!

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What Are the Advantages to Standard Tank Water Heaters?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

If you are currently looking to replace your home’s water heater, then you are probably already of the option of installing a tankless system. Tankless water heaters have numerous advantages which have made them an increasingly popular options for U.S. homes. Since they only apply heat to the water when a tap comes on requesting hot water, they won’t run out of hot water and use far less energy than standard tank models. In addition, they have longer lifespans (5–10 years) and take up less space.

However, tankless water heaters are not the ideal option for every home. There are some cases when you will want to stick with the familiar option of storage tank water heaters in Smyrna, GA. Although they are older technology, storage water heaters have some advantages over the newer models.

For detailed information on Tank vs. Tankless that will help you decide on the right system for you, call the professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.

Some of the benefits of storage tank water heaters

  • Lower installation cost: Tankless systems are more expensive upfront to have installed, sometimes as much as three times the cost of storage water heater. Although tankless systems will earn back the extra expense with energy savings, your immediate budget plans may make a standard water heater a better option.
  • No natural gas line changes: Natural gas is the best option for a tankless system, but the current natural gas piping in your home may be insufficient for the needs of the new tankless water heater. This can mean higher costs for installation. But a storage tank water heater can simply hook up to the current gas supply with no alterations.
  • No circuitry changes: What about an electric-powered system? The situation is much the same: tankless systems may require installation of a new circuit to handle the amount of power they need, but storage tank heaters will be ready to go with you current electrical power load.
  • They don’t need high flow rate: “Flow rate” is how much water you need heated at one time. If you do not have a household that places a large demand at one time on the water heater, the flow rate may be too low to activate a tankless water heater. Storage water heaters have no minimum flow rate, however.
  • Immediate hot water: Because storage water heaters have a supply of heated water standing by for use, you won’t have to wait long for the water to reach the taps. With tankless water heaters there can be significant lag time, which is both inconvenient and wasteful of water.

An expert in tankless and tank water heaters in Smyrna, GA can help you determine the best choice for your household. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems aims to provide you with 100% satisfaction when you call us for water heater service.

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