It’s the middle of winter and your water is too cold for a comfortable shower or even washing dishes. You finally decide to get a new water heater but don’t know which one would be best. Your friend suggested to get an electrical water heater, while your cousin advises to get a water heater that operates on gas. While both work efficiently with Abilene water supply, you can’t decide which is
suitable for your home.
You are bewildered on how water heaters operate and what you would need to do to keep them operational. Do they operate better on electricity or gas?
Well the answer is “both”.
A water heater can work on electricity or gas and uses these sources as energy to heat and control the water temperature. A gas supplied water heater can be and tends to be less environmentally friendly and can cause potential hazard to you and your home. However, they are more affordable and produce more heat than electric heaters.
An electric water heater does also have advantages and disadvantages, as they tend to have higher maintenance and repair costs, in all be more expensive in general. But they are more environmentally sustainable and easy installation due to not needing a chimney for ventilation or gas line for it to operate.
Types of Water Heaters
The most common types of water heaters in the Big Country work on both gas and electric energy.
Storage Tank Water Heaters
This type of water heater can be very conventional, but it can only supply and heat water to its tank size and capacity. As a downfall of using water beyond its holding tank, you would often run out of hot water.
Also, they will check for fractures in the water heater tank. As the heat expands metal, a slight fracture could cause a leak in the tank, fittings and connections. A license technician may have to replace the thermostat on your water heater if the power problems are constant and persist despite the repairs mentioned above.
Without regular maintenance to your water heater, you may begin to hear strange sounds coming from it. When scales build up on the heating elements, whining sounds will start to exist. A technician will then need to repair and flush the heater, clean the scale and then install new heating elements for more efficient heat transfers.
Gas Water Heater Problems
Gas water heaters can have serious issues to your health and home if a gas leak component occurs. If you have a clogged or partially clogged vent, the gas heater will start malfunctioning and there might even be chances of buildup and explosions. You should get regular maintenance and repairs from a professional and trusted technician here in Abilene.
Another common issue in gas water heaters is a gas leak. Gas leaks can be very dangerous and may cause carbon monoxide poisoning to people within your home in the Big Country. If you smell rotten eggs or become dizzy, its likely you have a gas leak and therefore need to call for immediate repairs from a plumbing company in your area.
The gas valve sends gas to both the pilot light and the main burner. It senses electrical current from the thermocouple and shuts off the gas if the pilot is not lit. This is an important safety feature. When the gas valve goes bad, there are not a lot of options to repair the water heater.
With an improper gas valve, the main burner and pilot light will start to fault out. This would mean a new gas valve would need to be installed.
Contact our company! Do you have a plumbing problem or is your water heater failing on you? Call Midway Plumbing. We service multiple areas across West Texas and the Big Country, including Abilene, Sweetwater and Stamford.
If you have problems with water heaters, just contact our office to get on the schedule for one of technicians to come access the problem. We will be there on time and ready to face whatever you have. Our plumbing services are on the greatest in Abilene, Tx and our licensed technicians have advanced knowledge and training in plumbing and heating systems.
Our technicians can handle any situation that is thrown their way, whether it is clogged or non-working toilets, tankless water heaters not providing efficient hot water, busted gas or water lines. We are here for any plumbing repair at any time.
If you have plumbing emergencies or requirements needed for your water heaters, you should definitely call us at (325) 698-4399. Midway Plumbing is Big Country and Abilene resident’s choice for professional, convenient and most trusted plumbing service for their home.