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Posts Tagged ‘Water Heaters’


Types of Water Heaters

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The water heater is a vital part of your home’s plumbing system. Water heaters provide the household with much needed hot water for showers, cleaning dishes, and washing clothing and linens. You need to choose a water heating system that not only provides you with enough hot water, but that will also be cost effective and energy efficient.

When considering a new water heater, the type of fuel it consumes may play a factor in the choice you make. Fuel options for water heaters include electric, fuel oil, geothermal energy, natural gas, propane, and solar energy. There are 5 basic water heater types to choose from.

Storage Water Heater

This water heater stores a ready supply of hot water in a tank, and are the most economical for installation and upkeep. However, this type of water heater may take up more energy in order to keep the water in the tank at a set temperature. A good way to reduce heat loss is using an insulated tank. The life expectancy of a storage water heater is about 15 years. (more…)

Are Tankless Water Heaters Just a Passing Fad?

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Completed Installation of Tankless Water Heater ReplacementTankless water heaters have been called the modern way to have hot water, and saves energy while also cutting your utility bill. These water heaters have a relatively simple design that allows you to have hot water without storing huge amounts of water in a tank. A standard water heater will store and heat 40 gallons of hot water. In the simplest terms possible, feed water runs through tubing that gets heated by either electrical elements or gas burners. It comes in cold and goes out hot, so that as soon as you turn on a hot water faucet, you get instant hot water.

So far so good, right? Cold water in, hot water out, no bulky storage tank and very energy efficient. But before we go into the whys and wherefores of tankless water heaters, how about a bit of history first. (more…)

What To Do When You Suspect A Water Leak

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Sediment Drained from a Leaking Water Heater

A water leak can cost a lot of money to repair, or worse, cause permanent damage to your home. If you suspect a water leak you need to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible and take care of it at its source. Here are the signs of a water leak and what to do once you find it.

Increases In Your Water Bill

Compare your water bill each month. Look at what the total is compared to last month, as well as what it was at this time last year. Significant differences could indicate a water leak somewhere on your property.
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Water Heater Maintenance Tips

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Photo of Two Water Heaters Installed in TandemThe water heater is one of those workhorse appliances that people tend to install and forget about; however, they require maintenance just like any other appliance. If you want to lengthen the lifespan of your water heater and cut down on the cost of repairs, you will need to perform some routine water heater maintenance tasks, which will depend on the type of water heater in your home. Two popular water heater types are electric tankless water heaters and storage water heaters.
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3 Options for Replacement Water Heater Installation

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

tankless water heater

There is nothing worse than not having enough hot water to meet your family’s needs, especially when you are constantly running out of it while in the shower. When the time comes for a new water heater installation, it pays to know what different types are available. You will want to choose the one that will be best for your home and your family’s lifestyle.

If your current water heater is still working properly, you may want to consider upgrading even if it does not yet need replaced. A newer version of your existing type of heater can provide you with more hot water and save you money on your utility bills. However, changing to a different type of water heater altogether may save you even more every month.

High-Efficiency Storage Water Heaters

Storage water heaters can be fueled by electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, or propane. Depending upon the size of the tank, it may hold between 20 to 80 gallons of water. The water is heated continually while sitting in the tank even when you are not using hot water. The upfront cost for this type of water heater installation is usually less than other varieties. You will usually see at least a 7 percent decrease in your energy costs.
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Get Hot Water On Demand with Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Completed Installation of Tankless Water Heater ReplacementBy installing one or more tankless water heaters in your home, you will be able to enjoy an unlimited amount of hot water while reducing your energy use. Tankless units require much less space when compared to standard water heater models, which makes them an excellent choice when floor space or indoor space in general are limited. Although the upfront costs of tankless water heaters tend to be higher than conventional models, your monthly savings will begin immediately and will return your initial investment over time. (more…)

Common Water Heater Problems in Summer

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Leaking Water Heaters in Keller TXWhile water heaters do seem to have more problems during the colder months, the arrival of summer can bring some other unique problems. This is especially true if your water heater is located in your attic or your garage where there is no air conditioning.

Pilot Light Problems with Your Water Heater

If you have a gas water heater, you may find that your pilot light frequently goes out when the temperatures reach 100°F or above. There are two common reasons why this occurs. (more…)

Tankless Water Heater Installation

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Replacing the Old with the New

Converting your old water heater to a tankless system involves making some changes to your home. The main advantages of installing a tankless water heater come in energy savings, as tankless systems only heat the water you need, when you need it. This will save you money in the long run. Tankless systems are also sealed combustion units, which greatly reduces the risk of carbon monoxide entering your home. (more…)

What Does a Professional Licensed Plumber Check?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

When Diagnosing Your Plumbing System,
What Does a Licensed Plumber Check?

Did Somebody Leave the Water On?

Many homeowners  wonder about what a professional, licensed plumber should check when looking for water leaks or problems with clogged drains.

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How Common Are Tankless Water Heaters Today?

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

 Are Tankless Water Heaters the Wave of The Future?

Tankless water heaters are becoming more and more common. Some homebuilders install them when they’re building new homes, especially the custom homes.

While it’s now an available feature on some homes, the reason that we should start using tankless water heaters more really comes down to education.
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