Traditional water heaters have long been the preferred option in American homes and continue to be. They are inexpensive and reliable and their simplicity makes them the ideal option when wanting to avoid hassle or repairs. Tankless water heaters, however, have started to become more popular in the US over the recent years and many homeowners are tasked with the difficult decision of which to choose.
If you have found yourself debating whether you should stick to the traditional water heater with a tank or whether you should switch to a tankless water heater, we’ve outlined some comparisons between the two to help you make an informed decision. There are pros and cons to each and it’s importation to weigh your options and determine which would better suit your home based on these comparisons.
There are two ways that price can be factored into the comparison between a standard tank water heater and a tankless. First, there is the initial cost of purchase and installation, then, second, there is the cost of use.
Cost of Unit
Cost of Installation
When you consider the energy savings as cost savings, eventually you would recoup the extra costs from unit purchase and installation of a tankless water heater. That, however, could take several years before it starts saving you money. For many people who use tankless water heaters, cost isn’t a primary factor as there isn’t a large difference in total cost when you factor in energy savings versus initial costs.
As discussed in the previous section under cost comparison, a tankless water heater could reduce energy use by 8% to 35% depending on the amount of water used. While the cost saving of the more energy efficient option barely makes up for the initial cost difference, many environmentally-conscious individuals prefer tankless water heaters just for the sole fact that it is more eco-friendly.
Tankless heaters are more complex and may require more, or more frequent, repairs. The cost of repairs can be higher as well. Traditional water heaters do have the benefit of being very simple and can usually be easily repaired.
This may seem like a win for standard water heaters however, while they don’t need as much maintenance or repairs, they usually do not last as long as a tankless water heater. On average, a standard water heater will last about 10 to 13 years whereas a tankless water heater is estimated to last up to 20 years.
For many homeowners, the main thought process when choosing between a traditional water heater and a tankless is as simple as determining which will cost less or save the most money. There are, however, a few other things to consider:
So, when determining which option is right for you, there are certainly many things to consider. There are many pros and cons to each and there isn’t the best option for everyone, it just depends on your needs and preferences.
For repairs or installation of traditional or tankless water heaters in Phoenix, Arizona, contact Peace of Mind Plumbing for certified plumbing service.
Do you know how high the water pressure in your home is? Do you know what the recommended amount is? 9 out of 10 homeowners do not know that their water pressure is higher than the recommended amount. What’s worse, most homeowners don’t even know that having high water pressure is a bad thing for their home.
If your water pressure is too high, you could be causing serious damage to your plumbing and costing yourself thousands. High water pressure can:
To ensure that you avoid these potential problems, you have to regulate the water pressure in your home. That’s where a water pressure regulator comes in to play. The water pressure regulator, though, needs to be set correctly and needs to be repaired or replaced when broke – many people will go years with a faulty regulator, causing damage and wasting water.
A pressure regulator in your home can ensure that the pressure coming from the municipal supply is reduced to a safe pressure that won’t damage your plumbing. To protect the supply line to your home and any irrigation system you may have, the regulator should be placed at the meter instead of just at the entrance of the building. If you do have an irrigation system, this would also help prevent misting which increases the efficiency of the irrigation system and save you water and money.
Unfortunately, water pressure regulators – like any mechanical device – don’t last forever. If you have noticed any of the issues listed above and you already have a pressure regulator, you will want to test the water pressure to see if the regulator is operating properly. In many cases, if you haven’t replaced or tested the pressure regulator in several years, it may need to be repaired or replaced.
You should test your water pressure on a regular basis to avoid any problems with your plumbing which could result in costly repairs – test monthly or when you notice changes in the pressure. In some cases, the water pressure may fluctuate simply because of higher demand for water in your home or neighborhood during busier times of the day.
Testing your water pressure is as simple as checking the water pressure gauge. Your water pressure should read between 45PSI and 65PSI but can go as low as 40PSI and as high as 70PSI without you having to panic.
If you do not have a pressure gauge you can simply purchase one from a home improvement or hardware store for about $20 or less. Then, attach the gauge to an outdoor or indoor faucet and turn on the water. The gauge will then read the pressure of the water. It is advised to test the pressure on several different faucets to ensure you’re getting the same reading across all areas of your home and to get an accurate reading.
If your water pressure is too high or too low, you may need to repair your water pressure regulator. For assistance with repairs or replacement in the Phoenix metro area, contact Peace of Mind Plumbing.
Most conventional water heaters are fairly simple. They work by allowing cold water into the tank that is then heated using an electric element or gas burner. To regulate the temperature, a thermostat is used to keep the water between 120 to 140 degrees. As the water heats, pressure builds inside the tank. The pressure then sends hot water out of the faucet when you turn the tap on.
Since water heaters contain very few parts, only a few things can go wrong:
Repairing or replacing any of those parts is relatively inexpensive. Usually a plumber can do the job for $150 to $300. But if the tank is more than 10 years old, or if it’s leaking, a new water tank is likely in your future. If you have any of these issues or need a new water heater, we can help.
Peace of Mind Plumbing provides professional water heater repair service in Anthem, Arizona and can quickly resolve the problem at an affordable price. We provide all of the following services for water heaters:
We are a local, family owned and operated company that provides certified and licensed plumbing services in the Anthem area. With over 18 years of experience and a stellar reputation, we can get the job done right the first time.
Give us a call now for emergency service (480-304-2074) or schedule an in-home evaluation.
Having hot water in your home has become an essential part of our everyday lives. Even with our 115 degree summers in Scottsdale, no one wants to go without hot water. Old or under-maintained water heaters can abruptly stop working or, even worse, start to leak. If you’re having problems with your water heater or just need to replace an old model, Peace of Mind Plumbing can help.
We offer affordable water heater repair, replacement and installation service in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our licensed and certified plumber can quickly assess the problem and get you back up and running in no time.
Our emergency repair service also means you won’t have to go without hot water for an extended period of time.
We can service any of the following:
We service all major brands and manufacturers and can ensure you get the best price possible.
If your water heater is more than 10 years old and has not been maintained on a regular basis, you may be risking a leak. Old heaters are often prone to leaking which can cause widespread damage to your home and costly repairs. For those living in multistory buildings or condos, if you have a water heater upstairs a leak can flood the floor below and cause further damage.
We offer regular maintenance service and can ensure your water heater continues to work well and for an extended period of time. Don’t risk flooding your home, give us a call for water heater inspection and maintenance instead.
For the best plumbing service in Scottsdale, give us a call today for a free estimate!
Water heaters are one of the most often used appliances in your home – and one that most people can’t stand to live without. What is worse than waking up in the morning, ready to take a hot shower to start your day, only to find out that you don’t have any hot water? A broken water heater can quickly ruin your entire day.
Since water heaters are used so often, they are more prone to problems caused by typical wear and tear. And, unless you perform regular maintenance, you will eventually have problems. That’s where we come in.
Peace of Mind Plumbing can quickly and professionally repair your water heater and restore your “Peace of Mind”. As a licensed and certified plumber with over a decade of experience, we can quickly identify the problem and resolve the issue without taking up your time or breaking the bank.
As a small local business we are able to provide competitive pricing that is usually lower than most large plumbing or service companies. Additionally, we are a family business and all plumbers have over a decade of hands-on experience – as opposed to most large companies who mainly send out plumbers with little-to-no experience in order to improve their bottom line.
Don’t fall prey to an inexperienced, overly priced plumber who may cause more problems than he resolved. The Peace of Mind Plumber will get the job done better and at a lower price.
For water heater repair or replacement in Glendale, call Peace of Mind Plumbing today!