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Frequently asked questions and answers about water heaters.

Which is best instant water heater or storage water heater?

Instant Water Heater

Deciding which is best an instant water heater or, storage water heater, is only something that you can decide. The purchase and installation costs are considerably higher for an instant water heater than a storage water heater mostly due to the cost of the unit and the large amount of electric or, gas energy required to instantly heat the water vs. the slow heating of […]

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Is it worth trying to Heat Water with Solar Energy?

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Whether it is worth fitting a Solar Water Heater to your home or, business is a complex question that is largely decided by the climate of your location and the type of system you would have to install. The heating energy of the sun is free but in colder climates with less solar heating the systems become more expensive and the payback of Solar Water […]

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How Good Are Tankless Water Heaters?

Tankless Water Heater

Whether you consider Tankless Water Heaters to be good or, not depends more on the conditions, your hot water needs, and the equipment installed than anything else. Tankless Water Heaters operate using a large capacity burner or, element to instantly heat the water passing through the unit to the desired hot water temperature instead of a smaller burner or, element heating a tank full of […]

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Why does my water heater make noise?

Heat Traps

Why your water heater is making noise can be caused by a number of different reasons and the sounds made will be different for each of those reasons. A rattling sound or humming sound while hot water is running can be caused by heat trap nipples which are located on the inlet and outlet of the water heater. These heat traps help to reduce the […]

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Why do I only have 5 minutes of hot water?

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Only having 5 minutes of hot water can be caused by many reasons. The first thing you should check is the size of the water heater and how much water you are flowing. A tank type water heater can deliver about 70% of the water in the tank before the incoming cold water dilutes the hot water in the tank and the temperature drops drastically. […]

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If my 40 Gallon tank springs a leak, How many gallons of water will I have on my floor?

If a 40 Gallon water heater were to spring a leak, how many gallons of water you end up having on your floor depends on how fast you discover the leak, and turn off the water. It also depends on how large the leak is. Until the water supply to the leaking water heater is shut off there is no limit to the amount of […]

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How hot should the water be?

Hot Water

How hot the water should be in your water heater should not be taken lightly. Every year in the US about 3,800 people are injured and 34 are killed by scalding injuries caused by hot water from the tap, the majority of them are people with handicaps, elderly and young children. Many of these are caused by domestic hot water coming out of the taps […]

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Should I have My Water Heater replaced by A professional?

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Whether you should have a water heater replaced by a professional is a question that only you can answer, and it is a difficult choice because you may not have all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision. There are many things that can make a water heater become a very dangerous appliance with some severely destructive and deadly consequences when they are […]

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Why does my Pilot Light keep going out?

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Why your Pilot Light keeps going out can be caused by a wide variety of reasons. In order to find the reason you should look at a number of possible causes and troubleshoot to determine the reason then fix the problem. Some of the most common reasons are listed below. A bad thermocouple, loose connection at the gas valve or, improper thermocouple placement in the […]

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Are Mobile Home Water Heaters Different?

Mobile Home Water Heaters

Mobile Home Water Heaters can be different from other water heaters. The differences depend on the type of water heater you are installing and the way your mobile home has been built. Many mobile homes have space constraints where the water heater is installed so mobile home water heaters tend to be narrower, and in many cases it is accessed by a panel or, door […]

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