water heater

water heaterBrace yourself; you’ll never believe this game-changing invention. The water heater! Before its presence, heating up a bath or laundry was an arduous task often reserved for over fire pits and stovetops – showering wasn’t even realistic in some cases. Nowadays hot water is just one turn of the tap away from making our lives easier than ever before.

But that convenience comes at a price: no inspection may lead to disastrous consequences when it fails down the line. A pre-purchase house inspection can help mitigate any future heartache so don’t skip out on understanding why it should be done and what to expect from your inspector today!

All About Water Heater Inspection

A comprehensive water heater inspection goes beyond just a single test; for instance, checking to see if hot water is being provided. During an in-depth assessment of your appliance, professionals look out for much more than this basic feature – proving that expert attention can be invaluable when it comes to ensuring safe and efficient operation.

Fuel Safety Inspection

Water heaters, which rely on either electricity or gas power sources to operate safely and effectively, are subject to different safety standards. For example, in the case of a gas water heater inspection – checking for the integrity of fuel supply lines and shutoff valves is essential; as is ensuring adequate venting which prevents carbon monoxide build-up inside homes. Soot around flues and vents should be evaluated during an inspection since it potentially indicates hazardous conditions.

Water Tank Pressure

When you inspect a water heater, the pressure relief valve is an essential safety check. This valve allows any excessive pressures to be released before they become potentially harmful; avoiding potential tank ruptures or explosions. An inspection provides peace of mind that this important component is working correctly and not leaking hot fluid into your home.

Operating Temperature

It pays off to have your hot water heater regularly inspected. Not only can it help prevent scalding, but setting the temperature at 120ºF also contributes to a reduced utility bill! A professional inspection by a plumbing contractor will ensure you are well-equipped with both safety measures and energy efficiency.


A properly installed water heater is an essential requirement for a comfortable and safe home. Your plumber can guide you in finding the ideal placement that meets all manufacturer’s clearance requirements, making sure it sits conveniently along your external wall with its flame or sparking mechanism at least 18-inches off the floor.

Suitability and Efficiency

Having a functioning hot water heater is essential to ensure you have the hot water you need at any given time. To make sure your home has just what it needs, assess whether or not the size of your current tankless water heater meets its requirements in terms of temperature rise and flow rate. The best way to do this? Count up all potential sources that require heated water (showers, dishwashers, sinks – even washers!).

Outfitting your home with the right tankless water heater in Myrtle Beach requires you to be aware of several factors. You’ll need to measure the flow rate for each hot-water outlet and consider for how long it will be used; a standard showerhead uses about 2.5 gallons per minute, while a modern dishwasher can consume 3 g/m if not built with its own heating system. The tankless unit also needs to meet certain temperature rises — gas units handle up 70°F across 5g/m of flow rates, electrical ones managing 90°F or lower over 2g/m respectively – so that what comes out at point of use is warm enough (70°F minimum) but not too much (some dishes washers don’t require higher than 104 ° F).

Choosing the right water heater with a tank can be tricky. Start by looking at its first-hour rating, which is stated on new models and indicates how many gallons of hot water it will supply per hour when starting from full capacity. Then calculate your peak demand – what you typically use during times that require higher volumes of hot water simultaneously (for example morning showers while running the dishwasher). Once you know both figures, select one where the first-hour rate meets or exceeds your expected usage within two gallons for optimal performance!

Call Blue Ribbon Plumbing LLC now if you need help with your water heater or any other plumbing issues.

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Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
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