You may not think about the hot water that’s an integral part of modern life in your home — until you’re stuck in an ice-cold shower or a tank leak leads to a skyrocketing water bill. Here are some interesting facts you should know about your water heater and ways to conserve hot water.
The average family of four uses around 60 gallons of hot water per day. To get an idea of how much that is, imagine lining up 60 gallons of milk in your kitchen. It’s useful information because it helps you to size your new hot water heater needs when it’s time for replacement.
Your investment in a quality water heater really pays off. Tankless water heaters can last between 18 and 20 years, while standard water heaters can last between 10 and 13 years. That’s a lot of bang for your buck.
Exploding Water Heaters
Speaking of bang, yes, it’s theoretically possible for a water heater to explode, but it’s incredibly rare. Professional installation will ensure you have a properly functioning pressure relief valve.
Showers conserve more water than baths. The average shower uses about 15-20 gallons of water, while a bath uses about 20-30 gallons of water. Not all of that is hot water, since there’s a mix of hot and cold.
Doing the Dishes
If you’re looking for a good reason to buy a dishwasher, it’s right here. Washing dishes by hand uses about 2 gallons of water per minute. Dishwashers only use between 6-10 gallons per load.
All Shapes and Sizes
Water heaters have come a long way since they were invented in 1868. Now you can choose from:
- Tankless water heaters, which heat up water as you need it
- Conventional tank water heaters that store water at a certain temperature 24/7
- Hybrid water heater, which combines a storage tank with heat pump technology for greater efficiency
- Gas, electric or solar water heaters
Knight’s Mechanical specializes in water heater and other plumbing repair in Elizabethtown and surrounding areas. Contact us today for all your water heater repair and installation needs.