TANK WATER HEATERS
The average life of a tank water heater is 8 to 12 years and you'll usually know when it's time to replace yours. Whether you wake up to a brutally cold shower or walk down to the basement and step on water soaked carpet, it's never a fun moment. However, there are precautions you can take to minimize the possibility of having to replace your water heater in such conditions. First, find out how old your water heater is. It will usually have the manufacture date stamped somewhere on the serial tag, often its within the serial number itself. If you find that your water heater is reaching or passed the 8 to 10 year mark, have your water heater inspected by a licensed plumber to evaluate any existing or potential issues. Its always much less stressful, and often less expesive, to catch and resolve plumbing issues before they become urgent. We offer and install the most consistently reliable water heaters for our customers. For our tank water heater replacements, we trust and stand behind 'RHEEM PROFESSIONAL SERIES' water heaters, but install 'STATE' and 'BRADFORD WHITE' in certain situations. The warranty on these units will range from 6 to 12 years.
TANKLESS WATER HEATERS
For our customers who are upgrading to or replacing their existing tankless water heater, our preference on product is 'NORITZ', the premiere tankless water heater manufacturer for natural gas and propane tankless water heaters. They have been an innovator in the water heating industry for over 60 years and introduced the first electronically controlled tankless water heater in 1981.
TANK OR TANKLESS?
A tankless water heater is an incredibly beneficial appliance to have in your home. They supply endless amounts of hot water, they're remarkably efficient, and in most situations, they're much safer. They're "on demand" units, which means they run only when there is a demand for hot water. They're also self-diagnosing, which means they'll help you troubleshoot if/when there are issues with the unit, install, or environment. Aside from all of these great aspects of installing/owning a tankless water heater, there are there are a number of other determining factors that should play a part in the decision on whether or not you can and/or should upgrade to tankless. Unfortunately, not all homes are equipped to accommodate a tankless water heater and installing one in the wrong environment will result in a great deal of aggravation and additional expense. Tankless water heaters are also much more expensive to install, especially when switching from a tank type heater. Tankless water heaters are, as a whole (all in all), a very different type of appliance when compared to a tank type water heater. They operate off of a much higher BTU rating, which means they require a much larger volume of gas to operate. This translates to them requiring a larger gas line to function properly, typically 3/4" (tank heaters typically require 1/2"). Tankless water heaters are also mounted and not freestanding, the water connections are on the bottom (tank heaters have top connections) and are vented very differently. Most tankless water heaters are vented directly outside instead of tying directly into your chimney or a flue running up through the roof. This is known as a "direct vent appliance". Lastly, tankless water heaters require annual maintenance to prevent premature failure of the unit. Unlike tank type heaters, where maintenance is "recommended", tankless unit maintenance is "mandatory". If they are not properly maintained, they can and will fail prematurely, often resulting in hefty repair costs or replacement. The maintenance consists of a qualified technician "flushing" the heat exchanger of your tankless unit, which involves pumping a descaling solution through the unit for a 30-45-minute time period.
There are many pros and cons, and many factors to consider, but in the right situation and when installed properly, a tankless water heater can be one of the best investments one can make as a homeowner. Call us now for your free assessment on whether tankless is right for you and your home!