Water Heater 101 ~ Learn More About Your Water Heater

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Water Heater 101

Many homeowners will admit they don't know a whole lot about the water heater down in their basement. Dave Walton, Direct Energy's director of home ideas, offers up some information to help homeowners become a little more familiar with their water heaters, along with a few suggestions for those thinking of switching to tankless water heaters.

Longevity - Homeowners can expect their conventional water heater to supply hot water for approximately sixteen years, depending upon a number of factors including, without limitation, the use of the water heater, the water temperature and the type of water in the premises. A tankless unit can last in the neighbourhood of twenty years, depending on water quality and usage requirements.

Capacity - For both conventional and tankless units, it is important for homeowners to correctly calculate their hot water needs. This is especially true for tankless units. The capacity of a tankless unit needs to be thoroughly researched based on the number facilities within the home requiring hot water simultaneously.

Quality - In areas where the water quality rates as hard, a tankless water heater is not recommended. Tankless units are more susceptible to water scaling than conventional water heaters. However, the harder the water quality, the more scaling occurs in both systems.

Maintenance - Unlike their basement mates, furnaces, conventional water heaters generally do not require an annual maintenance routine. Maintenance for tankless systems is specific to each model and brand.  Homeowners should consult their manuals for guidance.

More information on water heaters can be found online at www.directenergy.com/waterheater or toll-free at 1-888-334-8221.

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Visit www.LisaTollis.ca for more information about Real Estate & Listings in Ancaster-Hamilton-Burlington Ontario and All of the Surrounding Areas.

Lisa Tollis SRES.
Sales Representative
Seniors Real Estate Specialist

Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage.
Hamilton Ontario
Office:
905 574 4600
Toll Free: 1 877 574 4601

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Visit www.LisaTollis.ca for more information about Real Estate & Listings in Ancaster-Hamilton-Burlington Ontario and All of the Surrounding Areas.

Lisa Tollis SRES.
Sales Representative
Seniors Real Estate Specialist

Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage.
Hamilton Ontario
Office:
905 574 4600

Toll Free: 1 877 574 4601

www.LisaTollis.ca 

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Charles McDonald
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We have recently gone to Tankless Water Heaters and love it!

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Oct 02, 2009 07:30 AM #1
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Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

Lisa, Thanks for the 101 on water heaters.  Here in Texas they are normally in the attic.  In the tiniest space imaginable for accessibility.  If you get lucky, they are in the garage.  Thank goodness they don't need regular maintenance!

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John Mulkey
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Lisa - While most home owners successfully ignore their conventional water heater, regular maintenance can prolong their life, insure safe operation, and increase efficiency.  I include suggested maintenance tips for water heaters in my seasonal maintenance schedule.

Oct 02, 2009 07:39 AM #3
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Peggy Roege - Broker Associate - Coldwell Banker United, Realtor

Lisa, Good information on Hot Water Heaters.  Being in Texas, most of the time the Water Heaters are located in the attic, which is very typical for the area.  It's nice to see consumer information online.  Water Heater should be maintained like any other home appliance.

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