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Water Heater Safety

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Water heaters are a major household convenience that many people rely on every single day. Although water heaters remain unseen most of the time, it is important to keep in mind that they need regular maintenance for optimal efficiency and safety reasons. Check out our blog for water heater safety tips that you can use to keep your water heater running smoothly and your family and home safe.

Water heaters should be properly sized for your home.

Water heaters should be properly sized for your home, in order to meet your household’s hot water needs and to operate more efficiently. If you have not considered what type of water heater might be best for your home, learn about all the different water heaters that Bob’s Heating has to offer. You can go to energy.gov to figure out how to size each type of water heater. In order to get the most accurate results for your home, it is always best to consult a qualified contractor.

Set water heater temperature at 120° F.

According to energy.gov, water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. It is recommended to turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (up to 120°F) to not only save energy, but to avoid scalding. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) pins the ideal balance between safety and comfort at a setting of 120 °F as well. Scalding injuries from hot water are a risk to all ages, but children and the elderly are more likely to be affected.

Keep the area around the water heater clear.

It is important to keep the area around your water heater clean and free of combustible and flammable material. Flammable and combustible products are used for a wide variety of purposes and are commonly found in the home. Some of these items include gasoline, paint solvents, lighter fluid, dry cleaning agents, oil, spray paint, propane, alcohol, and nail polish. Storing flammable substances in the vicinity of a water heater can trigger a fire.

Know how to turn off your water heater.

In case of a water heater dilemma, it is a good idea to know how to shut off the water and the fuel or power supply to the water heater. This is especially important in the event of an emergency or if your water heater is leaking. There should be a gas valve or a disconnect switch within a few feet of the water heater.  As for the water shut-off, most shut-off valves are located above the water heater on the cold side piping. Knowing how to shut the water off can make all the difference when you have water leaking or if you smell gas and have to act fast.

Trust Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs top-of-the-line water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces and other systems that provide comfort and the highest indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. At Bob’s you will only find qualified expert technicians dedicated to providing the best service. Additionally, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call now (800) 840-3346 or click here to schedule your appointment today!

Tankless Water Heater Myths Unlocked

tankless water heater myths debunked by Bob's Heating & Air Conditioning

When it comes to water heaters, tankless water heaters are becoming an appealing option for many homeowners. With a tankless water heater you can get better efficiency and endless hot water without the unit taking up too much space. Although there are many advantages of using these types of water heaters, there are still some misconceptions regarding their effectiveness. Read our blog to unlock the 4 major myths about tankless water heaters.

Myth #1: Tankless water heaters are more expensive to operate

Although the initial cost of a tankless water heater can be high in comparison to alternatives, tankless water heaters typically last longer and have lower operating and energy costs. In the long run, these water heaters are considerably less expensive to operate and can save your family $100 or more each year on your energy bill.  Often called on demand water heaters, they supply hot water as needed and do not store hot water that is not being used.

Myth #2:  Tankless water heaters heat water to an unsafe temperature

Tankless water heaters offer an adjustable thermostat for personalized use, so that you are able to enjoy hot water at just the right temperature for you. Like other type of heaters, tankless water heaters have a thermostat in order to prevent overheating and potential scalding.  So you don’t have to ever worry about the water getting too hot when you are taking a shower or doing the dishes.

Myth #3:  A tankless water heater does not supply enough hot water

Since a tankless water heater does not have a storage tank that means that there is no shortage of hot water. Tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water, so there is no need to wait for it to fill up with enough hot water. Water is heated as it passes over a heating element to an outlet and as long as you need hot water, you will receive it.  Tankless water heaters are designed to supply hot water for the entire family and some have a capacity of up to 9.4 gallons of hot water per minute.

Myth #4:  All tankless water heaters are the same

Throughout the years, tankless water heaters have become a more reliable and cost effective option for many homeowners. There are different brands available for tankless water heaters and some are better than others for certain applications. There are models that offer easier installation, more energy efficiency and are more affordable. One of the most important things to consider when choosing a new water heater is to make sure the quality of installation is high. Reliable and good performance depends on both the brand of the water heater as well as the company that installed it. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers installation of efficient and high performing water heaters by expert technicians dedicated to providing the best service.

TRUST BOB’S HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING, INC.

Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs top-of-the-line water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces and other systems that provide comfort and the highest indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. At Bob’s you will only find qualified expert technicians dedicated to providing the best service. Additionally, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call now (800) 840-3346 or click here to schedule your appointment today!