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Where in my house is the water heater?

Thursday, January 24th, 2013


Attics were not meant for water heaters.It’s pretty common for homes in the lower part of the Delmarva to be used as vacation homes. When you have a vacation home you generally want to make the most of the living space. This is especially true if you plan on renting out the home. One way homeowners make the most of the living space it to put their hot water heaters in the attic. While that helps with spatial issues, having the hot water heater in the attic can cause more harm than good.

Hot water heaters can burst when you least expect.

Due to sheer dumb luck, hot water heaters burst when you are not around to prevent the full extent of possible damage. And if you have ever had a hot water heater burst, you know it can be expensive to repair. Having your hot water heater in the attic of a vacation home may sound like a good idea for space, but you could be setting yourself up for an expensive remodel that can be avoided.

Once a tank bursts in the attic, the water will flow down into the rest of the house.

The water will only stop when something forces it to stop. This could cause more damage than you may know. Some of the issues you may experience:

  • Mildew
  • Mold
  • Water logging
  • Electrical damage

Tankless water heaters are more compact than traditional water heaters and can easily be hidden in an area that will cause less damage if the tank bursts. A huge benefit to replacing your traditional water heater with a tankless water heater – you will never run out of hot water. The water is heated by passing through a series of tubes within the small hanging container.

Contact Dr. Energy Saver today to schedule your free estimate with one of our certified inspectors to discuss replacing your traditional hot water. 

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