Tankless Water Heaters – Should You Upgrade?

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Tankless Water Heaters – Should You Upgrade?

Do you know why plumbers hate installing tankless water heaters? Because it’s a tankless job! Ba dum tss! In all seriousness, we love installing tankless water heaters. They provide an unlimited supply of hot water and can cut your monthly bills, what’s not to like? Now here’s why you should upgrade. 

How Tankless Water Heaters Work

Tankless water heaters connect directly to your plumbing. When hot water is requested, a series of heating elements turn on and heat the water that passes through them, providing you with hot water on demand. 

The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

  • Long lasting: Because tankless water heaters don’t store water, they usually operate efficiently for at least 20 years. They also often come with longer warranties than conventional water heaters. 
  • Lower utility bills: The Department of Energy says tankless water heaters use around 24%-24% less energy than conventional storage tank water heaters. 
  • Endless hot water: Tankless water heaters provide water on-demand so you have an endless supply of hot water.
  • Compact size: Tankless water heaters are much smaller than their conventional counterparts. This means you can install it in various places and it won’t take up much space.
  • Reduced carbon footprint: Because you’ll be using less energy with a tankless unit, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Increase in home value: tankless water heaters are highly sought after, so if you plan to sell your home in the near future, this may be an attractive feature to potential buyers.

Tankless Water Heater Installation

For decades, homeowners have relied on traditional tank-type water heaters to generate warm water for their homes. Today, you have various options, including the ever-so-popular tankless water heater. So get with the times and get yourself a tankless water heater today–now even! D & F Plumbing is here to help you pick the right unit for your home and your budget so give us a call! 

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacing

Heating element with rust and scale. D & F Plumbing serving Portland OR and Vancouver WA talks about signs your water heater needs replacing.

Heating element with rust and scale. D & F Plumbing serving Portland OR and Vancouver WA talks about signs your water heater needs replacing.Whether you own a home or run a business, having hot water is important. But what happens when your water heater stops supplying hot water?

Every appliance will wear out eventually and your hot water heater is no exception. In this blog post, we’ll look at signs your water heater may be failing and offer tips when choosing a new water heater.

Signs of Water Heater Failure

Recognizing the signs your water heater is failing will allow you to replace it before you wake up one-day climbing into a cold shower or standing ankle-deep in water. Below are some common signs your water heater may need replacing.

  • Insufficient Hot Water: whether you only get warm water and not hot, or have just cold water
  • Discolored or Foul-Smelling Water: water that is rusty-colored, cloudy, or smelly often means there is a build-up of mineral sediment at the bottom of the tank
  • Corrosion: if you notice your pipe fittings are corroded this typically means water is leaking through
  • Water leaks: water heaters can leak slowly over time or very abruptly, this is a surefire sign your unit needs replacing
  • Unusual Sounds: popping and banging sounds or often indicators mineral sediment has built-up
  • Old Age: traditional tank-type water heaters typically have lifespans of about 8 to 12 years while on-demand tankless water heaters last about 20 years

If your water heater is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s probably time you contact your local plumber and have your water heater replaced.

Selecting a Water Heater

Selecting the right water heater for your home or business is important, but with so many options out there, how are you supposed to choose? Below are some factors you’ll want to consider while shopping around for a new hot water heater.

  • Fuel source: what source of energy does your home use natural gas or electricity?
  • Size: how much space is available for your new water heater?
  • Volume: tank-type water heaters are characterized by how many gallons of water they can hold. For example, for a family of 3 or 4, a 50-60-gallon tank would suffice.
  • Energy-efficiency: you may want to look for Energy Star Certified water heaters

If your water heater is reaching the end of its lifespan, you’ll want to consider replacing it with a new, energy-efficient model. From gas water heaters to tankless on-demand water heaters, there are many types of water heaters out on the market. If you need help determining which water heater will best fit your needs and your budget, consider contacting your local plumber like D & F Plumbing. We’ll help you find the perfect water heater and professionally install it!