Propane water heaters are popular options for providing homes with hot water. Hooked to your home's propane tank, they come in a variety of designs and sizes to suit your needs. Whether you're building a house, replacing your existing water heater, or you just want to learn more about the one you already have, here's what you need to know.
Common Questions About Propane Water Heaters
Why choose propane?
A propane water heater is a convenient choice for your home. It's inexpensive to run compared to an electric model, partly because it burns hot and heats water more quickly. It's also reliable since your home's personal fuel supply isn't affected by power outages or problems with other supply lines. Finally, it's an environmentally friendly option both because of its energy efficiency and because this fuel produces very little emissions when it burns.
What is a tankless propane water heater?
You can find a propane heater that relies on a large tank of water to keep your appliances and fixtures running hot. But modern options also include tankless water heaters. These systems heat water on demand, so you'll never run out of hot water, and you'll never waste money heating water you don't use.
How can I use my water heater safely?
Every home with fuel-burning appliances should have a carbon monoxide detector installed near them. You should also have a gas detector installed near the lowest point of the room where the heater is installed because propane gas is heavier than air and sinks toward the floor when it escapes. Finally, install them in an area with adequate ventilation—not in a basement.
Why isn't my water heater working?
If the water is cold or lukewarm, make sure the pilot light is on, then check the thermostat for the unit. If the pilot light is on and the thermostat is set correctly, you may have a problem with the sensor that allows fuel to flow to the unit. If you're getting discolored water, it's likely the anode rod—a rod inside the tank that helps keep the tank from corroding—is used up and needs to be replaced.
If you're considering a propane water heater for your home, contact Brotherton Propane in West Plains, MO. Serving Howell County for almost 45 years, their CTEP-certified team offers 24/7 assistance and reliable customer service. To schedule fuel delivery or other services, call (417) 256-5067 or learn more about their products online.