Typically tucked away in garages and basements, water heaters can fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” category, and although you wouldn’t know it by the outside temperature, fall is here in Los Angeles. As the temperature starts to drop, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at your water heater. This unsung hero is responsible for your hot showers, your clean dishes, and your washed clothes. It’s the second greatest user of electricity in your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, so now is as good a time as any to make sure yours is running efficiently.
Reasons to Go Tankless
Tankless water heating units use natural gas or propane to heat water only when the faucet is turned on, whereas traditional units have large tanks that hold and heat water continually. If you own a traditional water heater, consider the benefits that going tankless could offer.
- They’re drought friendly – From 2014 to 2015, California’s drought moved from “extreme” to “exceptional,” its worst state yet. The scarcity of water in the Golden State has prompted residents to find ways to conserve. Tankless water heaters save water by reducing the amount of water you have to run to heat the water.
- They’re energy efficient – Installing a tankless water heater in your home can save you money (an average of $100 annually) by using up to 50% less energy than a unit with a tank.
- They free up space – Tankless water heaters are more compact than a standard water heater. Not only that, but they are typically mounted on the wall, freeing up floor space.
Water Heater Checklist
Start with this simple, three-item checklist for evaluating the state of your home’s water heater.
- Visual inspection – A simple glance at the exterior of your water heating unit can reveal a lot. Do you see rust? Notice any leaking? Anything abnormal should be inspected by an experienced water heater technician.
- Consult the manual – Hopefully you still have the manual to your water heater or are able to find it online. It can provide helpful troubleshooting information for your particular make and model.
- Be ready with the shut-off valve – Water heaters, like any appliance, can break. To prevent the flooding or water damage that can accompany a water heater break, know where the turn off valve is and use it when you detect any signs of leaking.
Whether you are interested in learning more about your water heater options or need to repair/replace your unit, Moe Plumbing Services in Los Angeles is here for you. We also offer 24/7 emergency services. Call (818) 396-8002 today to get in touch!