When it comes to getting your water the right temperature that you need it to be, you will have to rely on your water heater to get the job done. You may take your morning hot shower for granted until you don’t have hot water. Choosing the right type of water heater to meet your needs is important before you begin the water heater insulation process. At Bienvenu Brothers, we’re plumbing experts and we’re ready to install it for you!
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Conventional Water Heater
If you have an older home, the chances are high that you may have a conventional water heater. These have been popular over the years and will work to heat your water. One of the largest advantages of having this type of water heater includes it being one of the least expensive to purchase. Additionally, this type will hold as much as 100 gallons of water at one time.
There are drawbacks to this type of water heater and these include taking up a great deal of space and the possibility of it being less energy efficient than other models.
Tankless Water Heaters
Modern technology has made major updates to water heaters these days. One of these includes a tankless water heater which doesn’t keep water stored like that of a conventional one. This is an advantage to many homeowners because the water heats instantly.
Other advantages include a tankless water heater being able to reduce energy costs as much as 50%. Tankless water heaters never run out of water and can last 20 years or longer in some cases.
Water Heaters Maintenance
You may take great care of your water heater, but it could still just stop working one day. Regularly scheduled water heater maintenance can uphold the performance of the machine and allow it to run more efficiently. Over time, your water heater may break down and require significant repairs, which are costly. Maintenance can prevent such costly repairs or let you know something might be wrong.
Your water heater tank should be periodically drained, as sediment will build up in the heater and damage the internal reservoir. Another common maintenance strategy is to insulate the entire water heater. Not only can you save money on your monthly energy bill, but insulation also protects the heater itself from overworking or overheating.
At Bienvenu Brothers, our expert plumbing technicians can perform preventative maintenance and even offer a few pieces of advice for when we’re not there. We’ll handle the big stuff, but homeowners can perform basic maintenance on their own throughout the year.
Water Heater Installation
Proper installation of your water heater is important so your heater can function to the best of its ability.
Each water heater installation process differs, and the cost typically depends on the specific type of installation and unit. Generally, the cost of installation varies from $600 to $800 for a 1,500 square-foot home. To prepare for installation, you’ll want to turn off your gas if your heater is gas-powered, turn off the water supply, and use a hose to drain out your old water heater tank.
Here at Bienvenu Brothers, our team of skilled water heater installation technicians will properly install your system for you so you don’t have to. Contact us today!
Water Heaters Replacement
When you rely on Bienvenu Brothers for water heater replacement, you can always expect fast professional service from skilled plumbing technicians who know their stuff. We offer extensive water heater services, so if repairs and maintenance have failed your current water heater, our experienced team can replace the entire system. With a replacement water heater, your home will run more efficiently, you save more money on your monthly energy bills, and heated water will be sent throughout the house easier and quicker.
Should a replacement water heater be necessary, our water heater experts will help homeowners determine exactly which one is right for their home and budget.Each home is different; some households may require a larger water heater, while others may require the smallest option for their needs. Either way, the experts at Bienvenu will be there to help when you call.
Water Heater Leak Repair
Nobody in New Orleans should have to live without hot water. For the past eight decades, the Bienvenu family has been dedicated to helping secure safe access to hot water for homes and businesses across New Orleans. There’s a lot that can go wrong with a water heater, and a lot of places where leaks can form. All our professional plumbers here at Bienvenu know to check the usual suspects: the temperature and pressure valve, the cold-water supply, the drain valve, and all the other fittings that can get loose or corrode. More importantly, our experts know how to do all these fixes safely and quickly. If you want, we can also install a leak detector to safeguard you from any future nasty surprises. Since who in New Orleans or the rest of the Gulf needs another way for water to damage their property? In case your water heater can’t be repaired, the Bienvenu team is also prepared to replace it with a better unit.
How do I know when to replace my water heater?
Generally, most water heaters that are more than 8 to 12 years old should be considered for replacement. Check for signs of rust, that can be an indication of larger issues. If your water heater is leaking you should give Bienvenu Brothers a call to discuss the possibility of replacing your water heater.
What size water heater do I need?
The size of water heater you require in your home will solely depend on the number of people who use water in your house. For instance, a 1-2 size household will need a 23-36 gallon water heater, while a 2-4 person home will need 36-46 gallons. The more people in the house, the bigger the tank required. For 5 or more residents in the house, you need a water heater that holds more than 56 gallons.
A properly sized water heater will meet all the demands of your household’s hot water requirements while continuing to operate efficiently. If you mistakenly purchase a water heater that is too small or too large for your home, you will ultimately spend more money and waste more energy on a monthly basis. Have an experienced plumbing technician offer some insight into the size of water heater your home may require.
Can I install my water heater in the bathroom?
Whether or not you can install a water heater in your bathroom will come down to the type and size of the water heater. For example, a gas water heater should not be installed in such a small room without proper ventilation and a constant fresh air supply. An inline water heater may be useful in the bathroom, where the majority of your water supply connections ultimately run.
Having the heater located close by can drastically reduce the time it takes to heat the water running to your shower, bathtub, or sink. A small, on-demand water heater can be fit into a small storage closet or underneath the bathroom sink to heat the water in the immediate room. Do not expect the heater to work efficiently elsewhere in the house, though. Before performing an installation, consult with an expert plumbing technician.
Can an electric water heater be installed in a kitchen?
If your home requires a solution for its hot water needs, especially in the kitchen, an under-the-counter water heater may be the right option for you. This small-sized water heater can fit underneath the sink in your kitchen and adequately heat the water in the immediate area. These heaters are often referred to as instant water heaters. They save most households quite a bit of water, energy, and money each month.
Of course, these benefits are only useful if the water heater was installed professionally and is used as intended. Most homes have their instant water heater installed in sections of the kitchen, such as focused on the sink or the dishwasher. Most small water heaters won’t be capable of heating the water in the entire room, so keep this in mind when considering this option.