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Tankless vs Traditional Water Heater

Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heater. Which is Best For You?

When it comes time to replace your water heater, you should consider some new options. You can replace it with another traditional style water heater or in some cases, switch to a tankless system.

Which one is the better choice?

Like any other major purchase, you need to weight the pros and cons of each to see what works best for your home. There is no one size fits all here, so if you still have questions after reading make sure you reach out to a certified technician who can help you out.

The traditional hot water heater…

…works by holding and heating water in a large tank.

Pros:
  • Price – traditional water heaters are relatively inexpensive to purchase and because they are easy to install, labor costs are also very reasonable.
  • Easy install – aside from keeping the installation cost low, it also means your new water heater can be installed the same day… quite helpful if yours just failed.
  • No hassle
  • No planning, researching, etc. – Simply tell us the size of your current unit and you’re set.
  • Hot water is still available the power goes out – The water is heated ahead of time and delivered hot. No power, no problem. You’ll still have hot water, unless the power is out for an extended period of time.
Cons:
  • Takes up a lot of space or requires a smaller unit to fit the space available.
  • Always heating – The tank is designed to maintain the right temperature. This can add to your utility costs.
  • Warranty is 6-12 years
  • Not many parts can be replaced – generally the whole thing has to go when it fails.
  • If it fails due to a leak in the tank, up to the entire 50 gallons it holds can end up on your floor.
  • You have to wait for the hot water. Unless the heater is very close to your faucet or shower, you’ll have to run the water for a few moments BEFORE you get hot water – meaning increased water consumption.
  • Running out of hot water is not fun if you’re the one in the shower when it happens
  • Rust and sediment can build up in the tank and that goes into your potable water.
The tankless water heater…

…works as an on demand system. When the hot water is turned on, cold water flows into the unit and is heated.

Pros:
  • Unlimited hot water. No matter how long you run the water, it is always hot.
  • Can install fancier, full body showers now if you would like (but see related con below).
  • Life span is up to 25 years.
  • Saves space as it is much smaller than a tank-type water heater.
  • Saves up to 25% on your gas bill – if you continue to use hot water as you currently do since water is only heated when needed.
  • Most parts are easily replaceable.
Cons:
  • Price – they are generally at least 2 to 3 times the price of a tank-type water heater.
  • The installation to convert to a tankless water heater can be more of a construction project than most people think, due to moving water lines, gas lines, exhaust pipes, etc. This can include work inside and outside the home or building.
  • Installation could mean a day or two depending on your situation.
  • You can spend a lot of money upsizing gas piping throughout the house to get the right amount of gas to your new heater and still adequately supply your gas range / stove, gas dryer, etc. – especially problematic if those things are not located near each other.
  • Many older homes are not equipped to handle the demands of a tankless system.
  • If you have an old, undersized gas meter, you may have to work with your gas company to get a new upsized gas meter installed.
  • You need 120V power and gas to the tankless water heater possibly requiring electrical upgrades as well.
  • No power, no hot water. Period.
  • Limitation of gallons available per minute – remember your fancy full body shower? It may take 2 tankless heaters to fully supply those fixtures.

Which system you choose is ultimately up to you and depends on your specific circumstances. If you have an immediate need or are considering a change, please let us know so we can help you make an educated decision for your home. Let us analyze your home, budget, and demand for hot water and professionally install that new water heater.

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What to Consider Before Plumbing Renovations

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Plumbing Renovations: What to consider.

Have you recently noticed incisive leaks in your kitchen? What about the water coming out of the taps, is it no longer clean as it usually is? Or maybe your piping system experiences unprecedented blockages? Or you just think it is time to change the old rusty pipes running around the house? Well, if you have or is currently experiencing these situations then what you need is a renovation of your plumbing system. A home’s plumbing system is an intricate additive to the house’s livability and general appeal. Therefore, if you are looking to renovate the plumbing system, there are specific factors that you must take into consideration lest you end up making changes that make the situation worse.

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Perhaps the most critical factor to consider is the timing. It is advisable to not wait until the very last minute before the plumbing upgrade to contact a plumber. In fact, it is essential to contact an experienced plumber as soon as you start having the thoughts of making renovations to your plumbing system. Why is this early consultation essential? Houses, especially those built in the 1900’s have plumbing systems whose pipes are narrower than the ones currently used in modern homes. Therefore, a consultation beforehand prevents you from destroying something that might become exceedingly expensive to restore. Moreover, without a plumber’s expert advice in advance of the scheduled upgrade, it would be challenging to know the exact aspects of the system to be upgraded.

Plumbing upgrades are costly depending on the nature and the extent of the upgrade. If you need to change the positions of individual features like kitchen sinks, toilets and bathtubs then it would be wise to get a budget estimate in advance. With a budget estimate at hand, it would be easy to work out the rough estimate of the total renovations. Furthermore, it is crucial that you know the range of the cost of the upgrades so that you make an adequate budget and not end up with a half-done upgrade. Therefore, it is important to contact a certified plumber and enquire about the current costs of the features that you would like to change or move.

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However, if you are looking to move different plumbing features around the house, then it is advisable that you change the pipes as well. For instance, if you decided to change the position of the kitchen sink or the shower then you would need to reroute some core pipes around the house. Rerouting the pipes would ensure that the systematic layout of the plumbing system is not jeopardized such that they do not pose an inconvenience to other parts of the house. Remember, a good and organized plumbing system adds value to your home. But, it is not just about rerouting them you need to get new pipes to mitigate against the risk of unprecedented leaks only a few days after the upgrade. If you are worried about the extra cost of buying new pipes, I’ll have you know that it would be minimal. By contracting the right plumber for yourrenovations, you save yourself time and money by getting it completed correctly the first time. Accordingly, the total upgrade will be less costly as opposed to moving features and setting pipes at different times because labor takes a considerable chunk of the total overall cost.

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Getting a decent plumbing system upgrade for your home should not be a difficult undertaking. Just make sure you consult a licensed technician beforehand, get a budget estimate for the most significant features and ensure you upgrade the pipes if you decide to move elements around the house. Follow these tips, and you will have a home that is enjoyable to live in and now has a higher market value.

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