Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Signs You Need a New Water Heater

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

When you consider how much work a water heater does each year (it consumes more energy than the AC and heater combined), it’s remarkable that it can last as long as it does. The average service life for most gas water heaters is around 15 years, and if your water heater reaches this age, you’ve gotten a good return on your investment in it.

But it’s important to recognize the signs your water heater is coming to the end of its service life. You don’t want to get caught by surprise one morning with cold water in the shower and a water heater that’s beyond repair. We want to help you know when you need a new water heater installation in Lake Balboa, CA. Below are the major signs of a water heater that’s ready for a replacement.

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How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

Monday, October 4th, 2021

It works great! We recommend looking into getting one for your next water heater installation.

Okay, obvious comment aside, people who haven’t owned a tankless water heater before are often curious about just how these systems work. They’re used to the standard type of water heater that most homes have used for a century: a large tank of water that’s kept hot (either with gas burners or electric heating elements) and ready for use whenever there’s demand for hot water. Remove the tank from the equation, and how does a water heater work?

We’re here to explain the basic operation of a tankless water heater. This information can help with your future water heater purchase decisions.

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3 Great Things about Solar Water Heaters

Monday, April 6th, 2015

In Southern California, there’s one energy resource we know will always be here: the sun. So why not make use of all that free energy that beats down on the roof of your home and harness it to take care of necessary services, such as providing hot water for your family? Solar water heaters are one of the best ways you can start making a difference by bringing solar energy into your home.

Here are 3 great things about solar water heaters to consider:

#1. They help you get started with solar power for your home

Of the various solar installations you can have done for a house, a solar water heater is one of the smallest and most cost-effective. This makes a solar water heater a good introduction to using solar power in your house. If you are interested in exploring the potential of solar energy for your household, there are few better places to start than with a water heater.

#2. They can save you a tremendous amount off your electrical bill

No matter where you live, you can probably reduce the amount of electricity you use for hot water by 50% with a solar water heater. But if you live in sunny Southern California, with ample amount of radiant energy from the sun, you may be able to reduce your hot water bills by 80%! This means the installation of a solar water heater will pay for itself in only a few short years.

#3. They benefit the environment and reduce pollution

Going solar in general is a tremendous benefit for the environment, and the solar water heater is a good example. These water heaters reduce carbon dioxide emissions by half. Because they make use of a renewable energy source (they don’t consume sunlight the way a traditional water heater consumes natural gas), they help conserve other energy sources that are not renewable.

If you are interested in learning more about solar water heaters, or any other type of solar installation, for your home in Los Angeles, CA and the San Fernando Valley, call on the company that has helped people save money with solar power since 1990: Kilowatt Air Conditioning, Heating, Electric & Solar.

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How to Pick a Water Heater

Monday, July 21st, 2014

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, do you know what you’re looking for? There is a staggering array of systems available in the residential and commercial markets these days and navigating the field can be difficult even for seasoned homeowners. It’s important to consult with a professional right from the start. We’ll be able to save you some time and effort by narrowing down your options to those systems that would work well for your home as well as your budget.

Here Are Some Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Water Heater

  • Tank or tankless? While the tank water heater remains the most popular type of system throughout this land, the tankless water heater continues to grow in popularity because of its energy efficiency and its ability to be located in a greater range of places than large tanks. A tank water heater is the budget model, although their energy efficiency has improved substantially in recent years. A tankless only heats water that you need so it remains an excellent choice for environmentally-conscious homeowners as well as those looking to cut costs.
  • Appropriate size. You need to make certain that your new water heater’s capacity matches what your home needs. If your new equipment is over or undersized, then the results will be mediocre, and you may find that your system suffers undue wear and tear as a result. A professional can assess your hot water needs and help you make an informed decision.
  • Alternative energy sources. Because of all the radiant sunshine that we get here in the LA area, you may find that solar energy is a viable choice for your home. The solar water heater is a great way to let the sun work for you. There are several different types of solar water heaters, including passive and active systems.
  • High efficiency water heaters. There are other options beyond the conventional gas or electric water heater. For example, the hybrid water heater combines the technology of tank and tankless systems, while the heat pump water heater draws on the popular HVAC technology to draw in thermal energy from the surrounding air.

Call Kilowatt today to schedule professional water heater installation in Los Angeles.

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