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Storage Tank Water Heaters – Nashville, TN

Most households in Nashville still make use of conventional storage tank water heaters. Star Plumbing Company provides complete water heater services and installations. We believe your heating unit should always be operating at its full potential and can provide you with annual service to ensure longevity and optimum performance. Call us for all your water heater repair and maintenance services for superior plumbing work. Find out more below about our services and how your water heater works, safety tips and routine maintenance.

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How do Storage Tank Water Heaters Work?

A single household storage water heater provides a ready hot water reservoir of 20 to 80 gallons. The heater releases hot water from the top of the tank once you turn on the hot water tap. Cold water enters the bottom of the container to replace the hot water, and this ensures that the reservoir is always full. The fuel sources of conventional storage water heater comprise of electricity, fuel oil, propane and natural gas.

There is a standby heat loss even when the hot water tap is not running since you have to heat the water in the tank continuously. However, some of these water heaters have an insulation tank that significantly reduces the standby heat losses. Tanks that have a thermal resistance are the best when it comes to reducing annual costs.

Oil and gas water heaters also possess energy losses that are related to venting. You can mitigate these losses by choosing between atmospheric sealed combustion and fan assisted gas water heaters. Another approach to reducing operational costs is by installing solar water heaters and heat pump water heaters. However, the best way to eliminate these standby energy losses is by going for tankless water heaters.

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How to Select a Storage Tank Water Heater?

It may be very expensive to operate low-priced storage water heaters in the long run. Big units may be appealing, but they come with increased standby energy losses and higher energy costs. Some of the factors you need to consider before buying a storage energy water heater include:

  •       Energy costs and efficiency
  •       Availability and type of fuel
  •       First-Hour rating and size 

Installation and Maintenance of Storage Tank Water Heaters

You can optimize the efficiency of energy by properly installing and maintaining your home water heater. Some of the factors that guide proper installation include safety issues, local building codes, climate and type of fuel especially when dealing with oil-fired water heaters and the combustion of gas. The best approach would be to hire a professional plumbing contractor to assist you with the installation of the storage water heater. We can provide full installation as well as cost estimates, see if the property is in accordance with local building codes or obtain a local permit if necessary. Consult the manufacturer if you insist on installing a hot water heater by yourself. The manufacturer will also provide you with an instruction and installation manual upon purchase. Also, consult the town or city officials on how to obtain a permit and the local water heater building codes.

You can minimize loss of efficiency and extend the lifespan of the water heater by maintaining it periodically, more maintenance tips will be provided in the owner’s manual. Some of the routine maintenance tips may include flushing water from the tank after every three months, checking the pressure valve and temperature after every six months and having the anode rode inspected every four years depending on the brand and model of your water heater. Star Plumbing offers these periodic maintenance services and routine check-ups. You can contact us for more information. If you are experiencing an emergency plumbing situation with your water heater, we have 24-hour plumbing technicians available in Nashville, TN for immediate assistance. 

Improving Energy Efficiency With Your Water Heater

It’s advisable to apply additional energy saving strategies after you install and maintain your water heater in a proper manner if you want to lower the water hitting bills. It is more cost effective to install some of the energy-saving devices with the water heater.