Water heaters can malfunction when not properly maintained. The water entering any type of water heater can corrode fittings and heating elements causing it to stop working. Traditional hot water heaters can be very costly to operate because they’re heating the water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This type of water heating equipment is an affordable option to purchase, but will cost more to operate over the life of the unit. Part of the maintenance for these types of systems is flushing the sediment from the bottom of the tank once a year. This sediment can build up and cause a tank to work harder and cost more to operate.
Water heaters in Salisbury, MD should be installed by an experienced plumber. Disconnecting and reconnecting water lines must be done properly. Leaks can occur when the pipe is not cut straight or fittings are not glued together accurately. Gas or propane water heaters must be vented properly to the outside of the home. If this is not performed, dangerous carbon monoxide can develop in a home and make the occupants very ill. In addition to the carbon monoxide, leaking gas lines can cause an explosion within the home. Electric hot water heaters could shock someone that comes in contact with the electric line and water.
A new alternative on the market is tankless water heaters in Salisbury, MD. This type of water heater only heats the water that is needed for the task. Instead of a traditional hot water tank that uses a lot of energy 24 hours a day, the water will pass through a tankless water heater system and only be hot during the time it’s needed. This can save users hundreds of dollars in energy costs throughout the year. Both types of water heaters need to be maintained on a yearly basis to extend their lives as long as possible.
If your water tank is leaking, it will have to be completely replaced. If you’re only receiving hot water through half of a shower or bath, a heating element usually needs to be replaced. Visit 5 Star Plumbing Heating and Cooling to learn more about repairs, replacement and installation of a new water heater.
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