Water Heater Installation from Leading Brands
Whether you decide to go for a tankless water heater or a conventional tank water heater, our plumbing professionals at M.E. Flow are here to help you choose the best available model for your needs and budget. We offer water heaters from the industry’s leading manufacturers, including Navien and Bradford White, and can review the pros and cons of each option.
Our water heater services in Northern Virginia include professional installations of all types of units, including:
- Electric water heaters. The primary advantages of electric water heaters include lower upfront costs and flexible installation options. Electric models tend to be more affordable than gas-powered units, making them a great choice for those with tighter budgets. Additionally, electric water heaters can be installed in a wide range of locations, such as closets or basements, without needing any ventilation, while gas models typically require a dedicated venting system. However, electric models can be prone to performance issues, including slow recovery times, due to their lower heating capacity when compared with gas units. This can lead to intermittent hot water supply issues during peak periods of usage, which could be inconvenient for larger households with multiple occupants relying on hot water at the same time. While ENERGY STAR® rated models are highly efficient, electric models tend to have higher running costs, meaning that you may end up paying more on your energy bills each month compared to an equivalent gas water heater.
- Gas water heaters. Gas water heaters are highly efficient, meaning you will not have to worry about skyrocketing energy bills due to their lower operating costs. They have faster recovery times than electric units, allowing them to provide hot water at a quicker rate even during peak periods of usage. They are also able to perform better in colder climates due to their ability to produce more heat in freezing conditions compared with electric models. On the other hand, gas water heaters come with higher purchase prices and require a dedicated venting system for safe operation. This means that installation may take longer and cost more depending on the existing setup in your home.
- Tankless water heaters. Though they are more expensive upfront than other models due to their higher installation costs and specialized plumbing requirements, tankless water heaters offer several key advantages over traditional storage tank models. For one, tankless units are far more efficient than their conventional counterparts. This is because they heat water on demand as opposed to storing preheated water in a large storage tank. This means that there is no energy wasted by keeping gallons and gallons of hot water in reserve at all times. As a result, homeowners can save money on their utility bills due to the increased efficiency of these units. In addition to being more energy-efficient, tankless water heaters offer another major benefit: an endless supply of hot water. Unlike standard tanks which may run out during peak periods of usage, tankless models are capable of providing an uninterrupted flow of hot water as long as it is needed. This makes them ideal for larger households with multiple occupants who rely on hot water at the same time.
How Often Do I Need to Flush My Water Heater?
Flushing your water heater is an important maintenance step that helps keep it operating efficiently and can help prolong its lifespan. It involves removing the built-up sediment from the bottom of the tank, which over time will accumulate and reduce the efficiency of your unit. Regular flushing also ensures that there are no leaks in any joints between pipes and fittings connected to your water heater.
Tank-based water heaters should ideally be flushed approximately by a professional every six months, though if your home has harder water, it may be necessary to flush it more frequently. Tankless water heaters should generally be flushed annually.
Not sure when you last had your water heater flushed? Call (571) 350-3183 or contact us online to request water heater services in Northern Virginia today.
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