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Should You Repair or Replace Water Heater

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You turn on the hot water tap and discover that minutes go by before any hot water comes out. Or no hot water at all comes out of the tap. Or perhaps you turn on the hot water and notice the water has a brown or brackish color to it that may or may not go away. What to do? Should you invest in a new water heater or have the current water heater repaired? Good questions.

The truth is there can be several answers to these questions depending on what the problem is with the water heater. Here are some tips to help make that decision easier.

If you discover that you do not have hot water, check the heater to see if the pilot flame is working (if it is gas operated). If it pilot light is out, relight it according the heater's owner manual. If the heater is electric, check the circuit breaker to make sure it has not tripped. Most hot water heaters are on their own breaker which means it can shut off without other electrical outlets shutting off as well. So, just because the lights and television are working does not mean the water heater breaker is set as well.

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Should You Repair or Replace Water Heater

  1. 1. Is it Time to Replace Your Water Heater? There are many options when it comes to choosing a new water heater that will suit you and your family’s needs. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 410 Meco Drive Suite B Wilmington, DE 19804www.BenFranklinWilmington.com Phone: 302-468-1474
  2. 2. There Are 4 Types of Water Heaters  Storage Water Heaters  Demand Water Heaters  Heat Pump Water Heaters  Solar Water heaters In order to decide which one is right for you, consider the unique qualities of each. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 410 Meco Drive Suite B Wilmington, DE 19804www.BenFranklinWilmington.com Phone: 302-468-1474
  3. 3. Storage Water Heaters  Tanks hold 20-80 gallons of heated water  Initially least expensive  Have a higher operating cost overtime Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 410 Meco Drive Suite B Wilmington, DE 19804www.BenFranklinWilmington.com Phone: 302-468-1474
  4. 4. Demand Water Heaters  Heats water as needed  Can reduce energy consumption by 20-30%  Your home always has a supply of hot water Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 410 Meco Drive Suite B Wilmington, DE 19804www.BenFranklinWilmington.com Phone: 302-468-1474
  5. 5. Heat Pump Water Heaters  2-3 times more efficient than the standard tank water heaters  Move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 410 Meco Drive Suite B Wilmington, DE 19804www.BenFranklinWilmington.com Phone: 302-468-1474
  6. 6. Solar Water Heaters  Use solar energy to heat water  More expensive initially but can pay for itself over time Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 410 Meco Drive Suite B Wilmington, DE 19804www.BenFranklinWilmington.com Phone: 302-468-1474
  7. 7. Now that you know about each type, how do you decide what’s best for you? There are 3 factors to consider. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 410 Meco Drive Suite B Wilmington, DE 19804www.BenFranklinWilmington.com Phone: 302-468-1474
  8. 8. Peak Hour Demand Capacity  Peak hour demand capacity is determined by how much hot water is delivered in a busy hour, also referred to as FHR and found on the heater’s Energy Guide  Some water heater’s FHR is higher than others  A water heater should match or exceed your needs Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 410 Meco Drive Suite B Wilmington, DE 19804www.BenFranklinWilmington.com Phone: 302-468-1474
  9. 9. Rating Efficiency  Once you decide on a type of water heater, look for the one with the best rating efficiency in its category  Energy Factor, or EF, determines rating efficiency  The higher the EF, the better Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 410 Meco Drive Suite B Wilmington, DE 19804www.BenFranklinWilmington.com Phone: 302-468-1474
  10. 10. Cost Comparison  It is important to remember that each heater has different life cycles  Cost comparison encompasses:  Purchase Price  Maintenance  Operating Expenses Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 410 Meco Drive Suite B Wilmington, DE 19804www.BenFranklinWilmington.com Phone: 302-468-1474
  11. 11. Choosing the right kind of water heater can be a complicated process, but the experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Wilmington, DE are here to help. Call us today at 302-468-1474, or visit our website at www.BenFranklinWilmington.com for a FREE water heater survey and home analysis and be presented with all your options so you can make the best decision. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing 410 Meco Drive Suite B Wilmington, DE 19804www.BenFranklinWilmington.com Phone: 302-468-1474

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