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How Does A Water Heater Work?
Water heaters use either gas or electricity to heat the water stored in a tank. In gas water heaters, a burner heats the water, while electric water heaters use heating elements. The heated water rises to the top of the tank and is then delivered to the faucets when needed.
What Size Water Heater Do I Need?
The size of the water heater you need depends on factors such as the number of people in your household, peak water usage, and desired temperature rise. A general rule of thumb is to have a storage tank capacity of 40-50 gallons for a family of four. At Woodfin, we supply water heaters of all shapes and sizes and both gas and electric units.
Which Is Better - Gas Or Electric?
Your first decision should be whether to buy a gas or electric model. If you're replacing an existing water heater, check to see what type you have now. If you need help finding out or want new gas service to your home, call Your Home Team and we will let you know!
In Virginia, natural gas is the most economical way to go. It usually costs three times as much to heat the same amount of water with electricity as it does with natural gas. If you have an electric water heater and a gas furnace or stove, you may save money in the long run if you extend the gas line to your water heater.
If you live in a rural area that has propane service instead of natural gas, propane is usually less expensive than electricity.
What Should I Do If My Water Heater is Leaking?
If you notice a water leak from your water heater, it's essential to turn off the power or gas supply and the water supply to the unit. Call Woodfin - Your Home Team at 804-730-5000 to inspect and repair the issue.
How Long Does A Water Heater Typically Last?
The average lifespan of a water heater is around 8 to 12 years, depending on the style and model. However, regular maintenance and proper usage can extend its lifespan. For maximum discounts and protection, we recommend enrolling in our plumbing comfort protection plan.