Cool Touch Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Water Heater’

Water Heater Tip: What Does AFUE Mean?

Monday, December 17th, 2012

When you purchase a new boiler, water heater, furnace or any other equipment depending on fuel combustion to operate you need to know that that equipment will work efficiently. With the costs of fuels such as oil, electricity and natural gas as high as they are you simply cannot afford to waste energy in your Phoenix home. Luckily it is actually pretty simple to ensure that the furnace, boiler or tank water heater that you are investing in will live up to your efficiency expectations. You just need to check out the AFUE of that piece of equipment. If you are unsure of what AFUE means in relation to your boiler, furnace or tank water heater, let the pros at Cool Touch help you understand.

Basically, the AFUE is the measurement of a fuel-burning machine’s fuel efficiency. It stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. The Federal Trade Commission mandates that all new devices display the AFUE at which they operate so that consumers can easily compare their furnace, boiler and tank water heater options.

The AFUE is a ratio comparing the heat output of your furnace, boiler or tank water heater over the course of a year against the amount of fossil fuel energy that it consumes. If the AFUE of your tank water heater is 85%, then, that means that 85% of the fuel used is actually utilized to heat water, while 15% is wasted. This ratio is specific to the tank water or heating system itself, and does not take into account any energy wasted by ductwork or air leaks.

To learn more about how you can get the most out of your tank water heater in Phoenix, call Cool Touch today. We are happy to help you better understand AFUE ratings. Everyone deserves to get the most efficient equipment they can to use the energy they pay for as completely as possible.

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Reasons to Replace Your Water Heater

Monday, October 8th, 2012

There can be a number of reasons that you may be interested in replacing your water heater in your Phoenix home. Your utility bills may have suddenly spiked which could indicate that there is something wrong with your water heating unit. You may have low hot water pressure or your hot water may be discolored. Before you do anything, you should consult a professional plumber and get their opinion. Some water heaters may just need a simple repair instead of replacing the whole system. Below we discuss some of the main problems that usually result in the replacement, rather than the repair, of a water heating unit.

Discolored Hot Water

If you start to notice rust or sediment in your hot water then it maybe an indication that the anode rod in your tank has failed and that your water heater may soon follow suit. The anode rod hangs in the water and absorbs little electric currents that would normally corrode the tank and the fittings. This way, the rod erodes instead of your tank and extends the life of your water heater. When the rod is used up, the tank itself and the fitting will begin to rust which can cause discoloration in hot water supply. When you check the anode rod and see that there is very little metal left around the core wire, then damage has most likely been done to your tank.

Not Enough Hot Water

If you notice that you suddenly no longer have enough hot water in your house you should definitely check your hot water heater. If you see that there are leaks in the actual tank itself or water collecting below the tank, it usually means that the tank is corroded and needs to be replaced. However, if there are leaks in the fittings then you may just need to repair those. Always consult your local plumber before you make any decisions.

Energy Efficiency

Over the last 5 to 10 years, there have been amazing developments in the energy efficiency of hot water heaters. Not only is the insulation in the tanks better, but entirely new systems have been developed that use remarkably less energy. Tankless water heaters, for example, can be a good option for some people who are looking to replace their aging water heating system.

Safety Features

In addition to energy efficiency developments, there have also been improvements in water heater safety. One development in particular can decrease the chances of a house fire as the result of combustible fumes being ignited by the water heater’s pilot light or flame element. Using an air damper on the bottom of the tank, the entire combustion chamber of your water heater can be closed in the event that flames start to get out of control.

Call the water heating professionals at Cool Touch if you think that your water heater might need repair or replacing.

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$50 Off Water Heater Replacement!

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Give us a call today or schedule a service online to take advantage of this great offer! For a limited time, Cool Touch will give you $50 OFF your Water Heater Replacement!

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