Electric Water Heaters
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You likely don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your hot water heater until it needs replacing. You rely on it for washing clothes, washing dishes, and showers. A majority of homes have electric water heaters. As its name implies, electric water heaters are powered by electricity and use a heating element to heat water.
How Do Electric Water Heaters Work?
In electric water heaters, cold water enters the unit where rods inside then heat the water. A thermostat regulates the water temperature. When water is needed by an appliance, hot water is pumped through the home. There are three types of electric water heaters:
- Standard Tank: these are the conventional tank water heaters that most homes have. They range in size from about 20 gallons to 80 gallons.
- High-Efficiency Tank: these units are like standard tanks but have better insulation. They can save you about $10-$15 a year in electricity.
- Hybrid Heat Pump: this water heater is relatively new. It is a tank-type heater that has an electric heat pump mounted on the storage tank. The pump uses heat from the room and transfers it to cold water. These units use 60% less energy than conventional water heaters.
When trying to decide which type of water heater you need, you’ll want to consider how much hot water you’ll use then get a water heater that’s slightly larger than that to accommodate. 40- gallon and 50-gallon sized tanks work well for most homes. A plumbing contractor at D & F Plumbing will be able to calculate which water heater will work best for you and your family.
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Electric Water Heater Repair and Maintenance
Like any appliance, your electric water heater requires occasional maintenance. This maintenance helps ensure it performs at its peak efficiency and helps lengthen its lifespan. Avoiding proper care can result in your hot water heater needing repairs or even a costly replacement. If your electric water heater does need servicing, contact us immediately. We will work quickly to diagnose the problem and fix it in no time. In most cases, we can completely resolve the issue on the same day. We understand how important your hot water is to your daily lives and we are always available to help. We also provide up-front pricing, so you’re in control of the service cost every step of the way.
How Much Does an Electric Water Heater Cost?
While electric water heaters cost more initially, they operate at a higher efficiency compared to gas water heaters by as much as 50%. Keep in mind your electric water heating bill may increase as well.
Professional Electric Water Heater Installation Services
Exceptional water heater performance starts with professional installation. If you’re looking to install a new electric water heater in your home, D & F Plumbing is here for you. We’ll help you determine which type of unit is best for your needs and your budget, then we’ll professionally install it for you. Don’t run out of hot water, contact D & F Plumbing today for your next hot water heater installation!
Electric Water Heaters in Portland OR and Vancouver WA
Serving the Portland OR Metro, Clark County, and Surrounding Areas