Water Heaters

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Water Heaters

Whether your water heater is electric, gas, tankless or solar we can fix it and in most cases on the spot without a trip to the supply house. Call Versa Drain, Inc for your free estimate. We are at your service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including holidays.

Signs your water heater my need help

1. Do you find a rusty color, muddy or sandy water when turning on your heater? This may be signs of sediment build up in your tank.

2. When you turn on your hot water, it has a metallic smell and taste to it. This is a sign that the water heater is breaking down, with grit and flakes from the inner tank combining with your water supply.

3. Warm water but not hot water can be an indication your heating element is burning out.

4. Leaks are never a good thing. If you start noticing water puddling around your water heater and the leak quickly escalates, this is a sign your water heater needs immediate service.

Commercial Water Heater Sizes

There are many different tank sizes available to meet the needs of your restaurant, hotel or property, so correct sizing is essential for a steady supply of hot water. Commercial properties operate under many different circumstances, so there are a variety of factors to consider, especially for a business that requires hot water to stay open. Versa Drain technicians are highly trained and have expert knowledge in determining the proper sizing for your business or property.

Tankless Water Heater vs. Storage Tank Water Heater

A Tankless water heater heats the water only when there is a demand for hot water. Opening a hot water faucet ignites the powerful burners. The computer monitors the water temperature and adjusts the burners according to the need. High demand-high heat. Low demand-low heat. With no tank to run out you get an endless supply of hot water. No tank to heat means heat loss is eliminated. When sizing a tankless heater, it is imperative that it be the flow rate is calculated properly.

Most traditional storage tank water heater stores 40-120 gallons of hot 160°F water, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week even though you only use hot water while your facility is open. Tank type heaters constantly lose heat through the flue and tank walls trying to maintain 160°F. The heater cycles on and off to maintain this temperature. This causes cracking of the exterior walls and sediment build-up which will eventually cause your storage tank to leak. The storage tank water heaters only have a limited amount of hot water, so sizing is very important to your productivity. If sized wrong after you use all your hot water, you must wait for the tank to heat the water again.

Different Types of Water Heaters

Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters are likely to take longer to heat water than most gas water heaters, so an electric hot water tank should be bigger than its gas-fired counterpart, especially for facilities with many fixtures or larger than average hot water needs.

Conventional Water Heater Sizes

Water heaters come in three basic sizes for homes. Most residential settings will employ a 30-, 40- , or 50-gallon unit, though you can find larger ones if necessary. You can find out how large your current tank is by looking at the nameplate. A good rule of thumb is that you can usually replace your old one with a new one of the same capacity unless you’ve recently added a bathroom, dishwasher or washing machine, or are planning a new addition or appliances in the near future. You might also want to take advantage of the newer, more energy-efficient models.

In general, your hot water needs can be measured by the number of bathrooms in your house. The smallest size hot water heater for a one-bathroom house should be 30 or 40 gallons, in either gas or electric. For a 1 ½ to 3 bath house, 40 gallons is the minimum. For a 3 ½ + bath house, choose a 50-gallon gas heater or a 66- to 80-gallon electric one.

Tank-less Water Heaters

One trend in water heaters that is quickly gaining popularity is the tank-less unit. Though you may be able to find an electric tank-less water heater, gas models are considered more effective. Tank-less units heat only the water that you are currently using rather than heating and storing water that will be used in the future. Since water in a conventional storage tank system will often have to be heated and reheated to keep it warm and ready for use, tank-less hot water heaters are likely to save you money on energy bills in the long run. Though they might cost twice as much as a traditional water heater, tank-less systems virtually eliminate the problem of running out of hot water!.

Gas Water Heaters

Gas Water heaters are the most effective tank heaters, the water is quickly heated. Gas is not available in most locations of south east Florida. The average life expectancy of a gas water heater is 10 years. That’s how long you’ll be living with the decision you make now. If you choose a water heater that saves you money, the savings will continue for years.

In general, gas water heaters win the battle. A water heater’s capacity is a result of two factors: its total amount of storage and its recovery time (how quickly it can heat a tank full of water). With recovery, both gas and electric water heaters are rated by the number of gallons of water they can raise to 90 degrees F in one hour.

For example, a 40-gallon gas heater rated at 40,000 BTU can “recover” more than its entire capacity (41 gallons) in one hour. A similar capacity electric heater running at 240 volts will only heat half of its capacity (20 gallons) in an hour.

Natural Gas

Propane

Electricity

Price per thermo

Yearly Cost

Price per gallon

Yearly Cost

Price per kilowatt-hour

Yearly Cost

$0.50

$136

$0.95

$283

$0.08

$390

$0.60

$163

$1.05

$313

$0.10

$488

$0.70

$190

$1.15

$343

$0.12

$585