Three Tips for Boosting the Performance of Your New Tank Water Heater

7 January 2022
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Are you in the market for a new tank hot water system? If your previous water heater was a tank unit, replacing it with a similar one could significantly lower installation costs. However, traditional tank units tend to be inefficient, high-maintenance, and unreliable due to outdated technologies. Before purchasing a new system, it's crucial to find ways to boost its performance, efficiency, and reliability. Below are three tips to consider when buying a new tank water heater.

Examine Your Seasonal Heat Load

When buying hot water systems, most people assess their household's demand for hot water. Doing this helps size the unit correctly. Unfortunately, few people consider the seasonal heat load on their hot water systems. A higher heat load during certain times of the year can lower the unit's efficiency and affect hot water output.

For example, cold feed water in the winter months can prolong heating times and lower the first-hour delivery capacity. If your cold water pipes are uninsulated, your heat load will increase too. Similarly, an outdoor installation can lead to higher heat loads in winter. Thus, as you determine your unit's heating capacity, examine and factor in the seasonal heat loads, especially during winter.

Embrace Hot Water Technology

Water heating technology has advanced over the years and led to the emergence of different hot water solutions. These include tankless, hybrid, solar, and heat pump hot water systems. Tank units have advanced technology too. Therefore, if you don't want to switch to a different type of water heater, embrace the new technologies in tank units.

For example, modern units have the following features that boost efficiency and reliability:

  • A high recovery efficiency, meaning that heat is transferred efficiently from the energy source to the water
  • Low standby heat losses that lower the system's energy consumption
  • A high first-hour delivery (FHD) capacity to meet the hot water demand when the tank runs out of water
  • Insulation of the tank and fittings to prevent heat loss to the environment

These features can lower water heating costs and improve the reliability of your hot water system.

Install a Water Filtration System

Tank water heaters are high-maintenance due to the need for frequent flushing and cleaning. Sediment and mineral build-up in the tank can increase energy consumption, lower water quality, and shorten the life of the tank. When you invest in a new unit, install a water filtration system at the mains. 

A water filter traps sediment and minerals before they reach your water heater. Consequently, your system will heat water faster and last longer. Water filtration will also keep the tank clean, reducing the need for frequent flushing.

Keep these tips in mind when considering hot water tank installation. For installation services, consult a plumber.