With winter now arriving in full swing nearly everywhere in the northern hemisphere, geyser-related problems are starting to surface. In hot climates where the geyser is rarely used during the summertime, it can develop a lot of rust while it is out of service, and certain components can also start to break down.
When you restart the geyser as the winter begins, it functions fine for a couple of days or even a couple of weeks, however as the geyser is exposed to more pressure over time, the weak parts start to give in. Some common problems such as leaks can even be masked through the years of excess salt deposits in the tank. When the geyser finally cools down in the summer, the salt breaks down and when you fire it up again in the winter you find that it is leaking.
Hot water is something that is required throughout the entirety of the winter season. Whether it is for cooking, a shower, washing clothes, or even just keeping the house warm, you want your geyser to be running flawlessly throughout.
Problems with the water heater can be quite expensive to fix, and the last thing you want to be doing on a cold winter night is standing out in the freezing cold trying to figure out what is wrong with the machine. Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying a water heater to keep you out of trouble for many years to come.
1. Fuel Type
Electricity is consistently getting more expensive and natural fuels are not that cheap either. If you happen to have an ample supply of wood, then luckily you can get hot water for quite cheap, though it will require you to continuously power the machine by feeding it fresh wood.
If energy efficiency is your primary concern, then nothing beats a solar water heater, but you also need to live in an area that is exposed regularly to sunlight. If you are in a rainy and gloomy area, this might not be the best solution. However, if you get plenty of sunlight and can make sure that snow isn’t blocking the solar geysers’ supply of light, it can be a charm to use.
The other problem with solar geysers is that once the sun is down there is no natural heating. You can still get hot water, but you’ll have to turn on the electric element to heat the water. During the day, however, everything is done by the sun and you get scalding hot water all day long.
2. Storage Type
Storage type is really important and to an extent, it will also depend on the kind of water heater that you select. For instance, if you are going with a solar water heater, then there is no way to get instant hot water. Solar geysers have a tank and once all the water is heated, you can use hot water.
Using it before that only gives you lukewarm water. If you need hot water fast, then consider buying a tankless heater that will give you an endless supply of instant hot water. Instant geysers don’t have any storage at all, you simply turn on the tap and hot water starts flowing, when you turn the tap off the device turns off and there is no more heating going on.
This is great if you want to use an individual geyser at each point where you need hot water. This is commonly used in commercial kitchens as it significantly reduces operational costs and is much cheaper to install as well. If you want one large water heater in the basement, then consider the number of bathrooms and kitchens you have and how frequently they are used. This will help determine the best size for your home or business.
For some situations, the size of the geyser itself is a concern. If you are installing it in a basement with a low ceiling, if you only have limited space outside, or if you need something that will work for an apartment, size is a concern. The smallest solution is the instant boiling tap, which is literally a tap with an electric coil in it.
It functions just like the water heater but the difference is that it is mounted on the sink itself rather than to a wall. This means you have no extra plumbing and nothing has to be done in the bathroom. All you need to do is remove your current mixer and replace it with the boiling tap. The one thing you will need is a power outlet that is close to the sink.
Depending on the kind of fuel that you use and the nature of the geyser, energy costs can vary a lot. The most economical geyser to run is the instant gas geyser that is mounted to individual points.
You can get a larger version of these where you install one large instant geyser at a central location and supply water to the whole house, but it comes at the cost of efficiency. Such water heaters not only use more gas to heat more water but also need an electric pump to create the pressure needed to get water around the house.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.