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Gas & Electric Water Heaters

How storage tank water heaters work?

A single-family storage water heater offers a ready reservoir – from 20 to 80 gallons of hot water. It operates by heating hot water in the tank and releasing it when you turn on your shower or faucets. To replace the used hot water, water from the cold water lines flows through the bottom of the tank and refills the tank. This continuous process ensures that the tank is always full with water that it can heat up for your next shower.

Tank-based water heaters can operate with electricity or fuel sources such as natural gas and propane. 

Since water is constantly heated in the tank, a lot of energy is wasted even when you’re not using the water. This is called standby heat loss. Tankless water heaters are a great option to avoid standby heat losses. However, now days there are storage water heaters that are highly efficient and significantly reduce standby heat losses and lower annual operating costs. Contact us today to learn about the right option for your home!

Select the right storage tank water heater for you

Most of the time, the cheapest water heater to buy turns out to be the most expensive, because of its operation and maintenance cost over its lifetime. On the other hand, oversized units carry a higher purchase price and will increase your energy costs due to higher standby energy losses.

Before buying a hot water heater consider the following:

Size – a small (30 – 40 gallon) storage tank is suitable for 1 – 2 people in a household; a medium (40 – 50 gallon) one works well for household with 3 – 4 people. Larger tanks are appropriate for 4 – 6 people.

Type – you can choose between electric, natural gas or propane water heaters.

Energy efficiency – as technology advanced, manufacturers created various efficiency levels in the conventional water heaters sphere. We recommend to consider multiple manufacturers before installing your next water heater. 

Installation and maintenance tips   

In the State of Texas, the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners requires that water heaters are repaired and installed by licensed plumbers. Also, in the city of Houston, all water heaters require a permit.

Based on the water hardness in your area, we recommend a periodic water heater maintenance which can significantly extend your water heater’s life and minimize loss and efficiency.

Water Heater Flush

One of the ways to maintenance your water heater, extend its lifespan, and prevent popping noises or premature water heater breakdowns is to get your water heater flushed on regular basis.

What is a water heater “flush”?

A water heater flush is the process where a licensed plumbing technician drains all the water from inside your water heater tank. During this process, sediments that have accumulated at the bottom of the tank are flushed out of the tank. Overtime, sediments are gathered at the bottom of the water heater tank, which is known as a “sediment buildup”.  The sediment buildup can most likely occur due to minerals that precipitate out of the water at high temperatures or because of the water hardness in your area. If over the years your water heater isn’t flushed on regular basis, the “sediment buildup” can cause serious damages and corrosion to the water heater tank and potentially cause your water heater to leak.

How often do I need to get my water heater flushed?

Depends on the water hardness in your area, but most of the times once or twice a year is perfectly enough.

What problems will I avoid if I get my water heater flushed regularly?

A premature breakdown – the sediments buildup on the inside of your tank sits at the bottom of the tank while it insulates the water from the burners. This can force your water heater to eventually overheat water or even cause corrosion to the tank itself, which could lead to a leaking water heater.

Hot water shortage – the sediment buildup in your tank is taking up space from water to be stored in the tank. For example, if the tank is 30 gallons and the “sediment buildup” takes up 5 gallons of water space, you’ll only have 25 gallons of how water in your water heater.

Noise from the water heater – when a water heater has a great amount of sediment build up inside the tank, it starts to make loud popping or knocking noises. These noises are caused by overheated water/steam that jostles the sediment at the bottom of the tank as it tries to rise.

If you need help with water heater installation/repair, or other plumbing services, CONTACT US TODAY! IGD Plumbing believes in providing a service you will remember! We guarantee that our experienced technicians and friendly office staff will hold one mission in mind, and that is to raise the experience of serving you to an extraordinary level!


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