Storage Tank Water Heaters – Mt. Juliet

Most households still make use of conventional storage water heaters. This page provides basic information about the installation of storage tank water heaters, how they work, safety tips and maintenance. If you are looking for water heater installations or repairs in the Mt. Juliet and surrounding area, call Star Plumbing at (615) 645-3051. We look forward to hearing from you.

Picture of a plumber installing a water heater
Picture of four storage tank water heaters.

How do Storage Tank Water Heaters Work?

A single household storage water heater provides a ready hot water reservoir of 20 to 80 gallons. The heater releases hot water from the top of the tank once you turn on the hot water tap. Cold water enters the bottom of the container to replace the hot water, and this ensures that the reservoir is always full. The fuel sources of conventional storage water heater comprise of electricity, fuel oil, propane and natural gas.

There is a standby heat loss even when the hot water tab is not running since you have to heat the water in the tank continuously. However, some of these water heaters have an insulation tank that significantly reduces the standby heat losses. Tanks that have a thermal resistance are the best when it comes to reducing annual costs.

Oil and gas water heaters also possess energy losses that are related to venting. You can mitigate these losses by choosing between atmospheric sealed combustion and fan assisted gas water heaters. Another approach to reducing operational costs is by installing solar water heaters and heat pump water heaters. However, the best way to eliminate these standby energy losses is by going for tankless water heaters.

For more in depth information on these types of water heaters we recommend looking at energy.gov as they are an authority on the subject. 

Infographic of a gas water heater.

Installation and Maintenance of Storage Tank Water Heaters

You can optimize the efficiency of energy by properly installing and maintaining your water heater. Some of the factors that guide proper installation include safety issues, local building codes, climate and type of fuel especially when dealing with oil-fired water heaters and the combustion of gas. The best approach would be to hire a professional heating and plumbing contractor to assist you with the installation of the storage water heater.

However, make sure you request for written cost estimates, see whether the company will undertake local building codes and obtain a local permit if necessary, check the service provider with local reference bureau, and ask for referrals.

You should also consult the manufacturer if you insist on installing that water heater by yourself. The manufacturer will also provide you with an instruction and installation manual upon purchase. Also, consult the town or city officials on how to obtain a permit and the local water heater building codes.

You can minimize loss of efficiency and extend the lifespan of the water heater by maintaining it periodically. You can get more maintenance tips from the owner’s manual. Some of the routine maintenance tips may include flushing water from the tank after every three months, checking the pressure valve and temperature after every six months and having the anode rode inspected every four years depending on the brand and model of your water heater.  

Improving Energy Efficiency

It’s advisable to apply additional energy saving strategies after you install and maintain your water heater in a proper manner if you want to lower the water hitting bills. It is more cost effective to install some of the energy-saving devices with the water heater. For more information about improving energy efficiency, visit Energy Star