Electric Water Heaters
Electric water heaters are the most common in Huntsville. They use electrical current driven through one or more thermostats to heat one or more elements, which are composed of a mixture of conductive metals. These elements are controlled by the thermostats, heating the water to a pre-specified temperature. This temperature is adjustable, however we recommend that you do not attempt to adjust it due to the risk of electric shock.
These water heaters come with the thermostats pre-set to standard temperatures. Thermostats and elements often fail, and that’s where Scott Plumbing comes in. We can replace individual components of the heater, or install a complete new unit for you, hooking up both the waterlines and the electrical components.
Electric water heaters have a slightly slower recovery rate than gas-fired units, and as such are not quite as popular. But in homes that have no gas appliances, it’s nice to know you can still have hot water at your leisure. Electric water heaters come in sizes ranging from 30 gallons up to and exceeding 75 gallons, with a larger variety of dimensional options than gas heaters.
Gas Water Heaters
Gas-fired water heaters use a small flow of natural gas to ignite a burner assembly at the bottom of the heater inside a combustion chamber, heating the water inside the tank above it.
Gas water heaters are popular because of their relatively low price, high efficiency, and good lifespan (about 8-14 years average). They have a fairly fast recovery rate (the speed at which the water inside the tank reheats itself after being completely depleted), and can be set to temperatures as high as 130 degrees Fahrenheit. They divert the heat generated by the combustion chamber through a flue, or vent pipe at the top of the heater. This vent pipe usually joins into the vent system for the home’s heating and air unit.
Gas water heater sized range from the standard 40 gallons, all the way up to large residential and commercial size units exceeding 100 gallons. Scott Plumbing installs and services them all, repairing the vent pipes, gas control valve, burner assemblies, and gas lines. We install several water heaters every week, and are very familiar with service options pertaining to your particular hot water heater.