Hot Water Tanks
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Hyde-Whipp Heating and Cooling provide monthly rentals on all tanks that can be conveniently billed on your gas bill.
Hot water tanks ensure that homeowners have hot water on demand, whether they are washing pots and pans or taking a relaxing bath. Residential hot water tanks usually hold 40 to 60 gallons of water; commercial tanks will have increased capacity. The size of the tank needed depends on the size of the house or building, the amount of hot water typically used and the tank's recovery rate.
Cold water is fed into the interior of the tank, where the heating mechanism raises it to the appropriate temperature. The water rises within the tank as it heats, ensuring that the quantity of water released from the tank is always the hottest water available within the tank.
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As homeowners consider purchasing new hot water tanks, they should start by considering the capacity of their old tank. If the old tank failed to keep up with the home's hot water demand, then homeowners should consider purchasing a larger tank. Also, if homeowners expect their family to grow, a larger tank may be a good idea.
Recovery rate is also an important consideration. The First Hour Rating (FHR) on the Energy Guide sticker will show the amount of water that the tank can heat in one hour. A one or two-person household may choose a tank with only a 30 to 40 gallon FHR, while a large family of five or more people may purchase a 50 to 80 gallon model. Also, a gas unit will typically have a higher FHR than an electric unit, so gas units can do the same job with a smaller tank.
Hot Water Tank Installation
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Before the hot water tank installation, we will check the home's inlet pipes and valves to ensure that all needed parts are up to code. During the hot water tank installation, we will drain the old tank and carry it out of the home. In addition to turning off the water supply to the tank, we will turn off the utility lines, either gas or electric. This interruption means that homeowners may be without water for a short time during the hot water tank installation process.
After all water and utility lines to the old tank are turned off and disconnected, we will put the new hot water tank into place, making sure that the tank is level. After installing the new fittings for the new tank, we will connect the cold and hot water lines as well as the gas or electrical lines. Gas models will also have an exhaust flue that will be attached to vent combustion by-products. When the connections are completed, we will close the drain valve and turn on the water supply. The utility supply will also be turned on, and the tank will begin to fill.
Homeowners will need to set their hot water heater to the appropriate temperature with the help of a Hyde-Whipp technician. Generally, the safest range is from 120 to 130 degrees. If the household has small children, then setting the tank at 120 degrees will help to prevent scalding injuries. A mixing valve should also be added to ensure no scalding can occur.
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Hot Water Tank Repair & Maintenance
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Hot water tank maintenance includes a yearly draining of the tank to remove sediment and to keep the heating unit functioning efficiently. A number of dirt, sediment and mineral particles tend to settle on the bottom of a hot water tank as water passes through the heater. If debris is left in the tank over the long term, then the heater will be forced to work harder, and the tank may develop rust.
While hot water tank maintenance should not be performed by a homeowner. A Hyde-Whipp professional will have the needed expertise to deal with both water and utility lines to guarantee a safe experience.
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