Do you take your hot water for granted? Most of us do. We expect to always have hot water available for showers, dishwashing, laundry, and other conveniences. The last thing you want is to wake up one day with no hot water. If this happens, count on Idaho Heating & Air in Meridian to help.
Call Idaho Heating & Air for quality hot water heater service in Meridian, Nampa, & Boise, ID!
We offer hot water heater installations, repairs, tank replacements, and more. All of our technicians are NATE-certified, so you can trust that they will provide quality work with a superior work ethic. We proudly carry name brand water heaters and parts. You can rely on our team of experts for the most innovative solutions for your home or office.
Water Heaters 101
There are three main types water heaters: storage tanks, tankless, and heat pumps.
- Storage tanks: a solid choice, but not always energy efficient
- Tankless: efficient but have a limited water flow
- Heat pumps: cost-effective but work best in mild climates
Other things to consider are size and fuel type. When determining what size water heater you will need, consider how many sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, hot water appliances, and people there are in your home. This will determine the size you will need. Fuel options available for conventional systems are electricity, natural gas, oil, and propane. Gas-fueled water heaters cost more to purchase but they use less energy and are also less expensive to operate than electric water heaters.
Should You Repair or Replace Your Water Heater?
Your decision to replace or repair your current system depends largely on the age and condition of the unit, and on your budget. If your current system is a storage tank-type water heater that is more than ten years old, you should probably replace it with a newer one. Older systems are more susceptible to leaks. A leak can cause water damage to your property. Even a small leak can produce mold and other air quality issues inside your home.
However, if your water heater is still relatively new, a repair may be the better option. Because conventional tank water heaters have very few moving parts, there are very few things that can go wrong, such as the pilot light going out, a circuit breaker trips, the thermostat breaks, or the valve sticks. These are relatively minor fixes that can be resolved without spending too much money.
Getting the Most Out Of Your Water Heater
Considering that water heating can account for more than 10% of your family utility bill, it’s crucial that you know how to get the most of your water heater. Here are a few tips and tricks that can have a significant impact on your hot water consumption–saving you energy and money.
- Take short showers instead of baths: a warm bath is a nice luxury, but consider taking short showers as you’ll end up using much less water.
- Cut down the time you take to shower: Long hot showers can be costly in the long run so try to shorten your time in the shower.
- Don’t let the water run: if you’re guilty of leaving the water on when shaving or brushing your teeth, start turning off taps whenever you’re not using the water. All those extra minutes you let the water run can add up to a lot of wasted water.
- Use your dishwasher efficiently: Choose shorter washing cycles and wash only full loads.
Taking a few proactive measures may seem like nothing, but the savings can go a long way in cutting down your energy bill, especially if you have a big family.
Call the Water Heater Experts at Idaho Heating & Air!
Don’t wait to replace or repair your water heater. Rely on Idaho Heating & Air to provide quality service throughout Meridian, Nampa, & Boise, ID. We are a fully licensed HVAC company. We also offer same day service, so you can get your hot water back and resume your normal, daily routine. Our experts will help you determine which system is right for you. We offer name brand equipment, including tankless units.