Repair & Installation
R. B. Travis will repair your broken water heater or install a new water heater in your home or place of business. If you’re in the market for water heater service, here are a few tips on how to choose the water heater that best fits your needs.
Choose savings with your next water heater
Choosing the right conventional water heater can save you money. Electric water heaters with 9 to 12 year warranties typically have components, such as larger heating elements, thicker insulation, and beefier corrosion-fighting anodes, that can cut down your your long-term water heating costs. If you currently have an old gas or oil water heater, replacing it with an electric hybrid water heater can save you up to $325 annually.
Look for rebates
The federal government offers a tax credit for hybrid heaters and non-electric tankless water heater systems, but that tax credit will soon run out. Take advantage of government tax credit on solar water heaters, which lasts through 2016. All, check for state and local rebates on Energy Star storage-tank models by visiting www.dsireusa.org or check out the Energy Star rebate locator online.
Go hybrid, but check for fit first
Hybrid water heaters can be a great alternative to traditional models, but their size and performance difference could be pose problems during the replacement process. Some models can be as much as 7 feet from floor to ceiling and require up to 1,000 cubic feet of un-cooled space to capture enough heat from the air. You will also need a condensation pump (if there is no nearby drain), and bear in mind that hybrid water heaters tend to be noisier, exhaust cool, and may rob some nearby warm air during the cold months.
Going solar? Check for Energy Star
If you want to make the leap to a solar-powered model, ensure you get your full federal and state tax credits or rebates by checking that your solar water heater is certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corp. Additionally, Energy Star models also qualify and should pay off sooner.
For tankless, factor in the winter cold
If you prefer tankless water heaters, cooler ground-water temperatures can negatively impact your unit’s efficiency and output. Have a R. B. Travis professional use the lowest ground-water temperature to determine the capacity you need.