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What is the difference between tank and tankless water heaters?

Differences between a traditional water heater and tankless

 

Water Heater InstallationHopefully you are reading this article before you need to make a hasty decision. Replacing a water heater with the traditional tank model or going to the modern tankless version is not a cut and dried choice. This article will explore the differences in the two and provide information to help you make the best choice for your situation.

The traditional water heater has been around for many, many years and has served its purpose well all those years. The tankless water heater has only been available for a much shorter time and has only recently gained popularity.

Traditional units store anywhere from 20 to 100 gallons of water in a tank which heats the water using either gas or electricity. Tankless water heaters have no storage tank and work by heating the water as it runs over tubing that is usually made of copper. The advantage of the tankless is a constant flow of instantly heated water. Traditional water heaters can run out of heated water as you may have experienced after several back to back showers by family members.

However, since the price difference between the two can be substantial the way to decide which one to buy is to take a look at your usage. A house with two to three people does not need as much hot water as one that has three teenage girls and a couple of boys. Another deciding factor will be how long you decide to stay in that house.

The large family can keep everyone happy and save a significant amount on energy bills by installing a tankless heater or two. When not in use the tankless does not consume energy while the traditional tank model must continually work to keep the water stored in the tank hot. Savings of $100 or more per year are not uncommon.

For a small family or an older couple the traditional heater may be the best choice. Lower usage would mean very few times without enough hot water and the energy bill savings may not be enough to offset the price. Your best bet is to give us a call and we can discuss the pros and cons to help you make the right decision.

Looking into different water heaters for your San Diego property? Call 1-800-AnyTyme today at (760)477-2222 for a water heater installation! 

Why is it taking so long for the water in my home to heat up?

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance

 

San Diego Water HeaterA large majority of homes depend on their water heater for the proper functioning of their household. Doing basic tasks such as: washing dishes, showering, staying warm within the house, can be extremely difficult during the absence of a water heater, especially for homeowners that go through extensive periods of snow. With that said, it pays to be aware of some warning sings that may signal the need for some maintenance. This is an overview of 3 of the most common ones.

Leaking pipes are one of the most common signs that your heater needs some maintenance. No matter what kind of metal was used to create the pipes within the heater, overtime it will begin to corrode from the inside out. Plastic pipes on the other hand, usually leaks whenever there’s a slight change in the connection’s size over time or the gradual loss of glue holding the pipes together, due to normal wear and tear.

Another common sign that your water heater will need maintenance is a noticeable decrease in temperature. If you notice that the water heater, simply isn’t circulating enough heat anymore, you may want to check with your household members to ensure that they aren’t changing the settings on the thermostat. If that isn’t the case, it may be due to the wearing down of the heating elements within the heater, which happens from time to time as the heater ages.

One of the more unsettling signs that your heater isn’t functioning efficiently, is the appearance of rusty or cloudy water flowing from the faucet. If you notice that whenever you attempt to get hot water throughout your pipes, the water’s color significantly changes, it may be due to the fact that there may be some built up sediment at the very bottom of the water heater’s tank. This usually occurs with heaters that have been operating for years and shouldn’t happen with new heaters as that may signal a factory defect, rather than a need for maintenance.

Frequent maintenance of your heater is necessary in order to ensure that you have hot, clean water running throughout the house at all times. While many people attempt to evaluate their heaters themselves, what starts off as a small easily, fixable problem can lead to an expensive avoidable headache.

Is the water heater in your San Diego home in need of repairs? Call us at 760-477-2222 and schedule a service call today!

The Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

Residents of the Riverside region know how much we rely today on the constant presence of hot water in our homes for baths, showers, laundry, dishwashing, and cooking–for both comfort and sanitary reasons. The varieties of makes and models of the water heaters that provide us with such a modern convenience appear to be endless. Most are familiar with the standard boilers or water heater tanks in many homes today. What is a tankless water heater, and does it have any benefits over the conventional kind?

What is a Tankless Water Heater?

A tankless water heater differs from its traditional counterparts in that it does not store a steady supply of hot water for minutes or hours on end. The heating of the water takes place immediately at the moment the water is required with the use of a heat exchanger. When a San Bernardino home occupant switches on a hot water spigot, or when an appliance requires heated water, the tankless heater recognizes the need and releases the water through the heat exchanger, quickly heating it. The tankless water heater powers down again once the user shuts the water off.

What are the Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater?

Because the tankless water heater unit shuts on and off only as water is needed, it can eventually save a homeowner a lot of money–as much as 40 percent–on utility bills.

Not only are tankless water heaters energy efficient, they’re also environmentally friendly to operate. With a conventional tank water heater, energy is expended to keep the water warm in the tank in between uses. Tankless water heaters eliminate wasted energy by heating water only as needed.

Some older models of water heater tanks were known to take up plenty of space, especially if they included a second overflow tank. For San Bernardino residents who are limited on space and therefore conscious of needing every precious square foot, a tankless water heater could be ideal. No additional space is required.

Rancho Cucamonga homeowners need no longer worry about using up all the hot water and waiting for more to generate. Thanks to the heat exchanger, tankless water heaters can supply any demand for hot water on the spot–meaning washing clothes, bathing, and running the dishwasher can all be accomplished simultaneously for the length of time needed to complete the tasks without ever running out of hot water.

As a resident of San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, or any of our numerous other Riverside county locations, if your water supply is just not what you think it should be, consider a tankless water heater. The trained plumbing specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are certified to repair or install all makes and models of water heaters, tankless and conventional. A-rated and BBB accredited, 1-800-Any-Tyme is available 24-7 for all your plumbing or emergency needs. Call us today at 909-941-8963.

Reasons Your Water Heater Isn’t Heating

Family members sometimes forget the importance of the home’s comfort equipment until something goes wrong and the convenience it provides disappears. Nothing is more obviously missed from a home than hot water; we use it for everything from washing dishes to doing laundry, from taking showers to cooking. So, when your water heater stops delivering that hot water, it’s no surprise that you scramble to figure out what on your unit is breaking down. Water heaters are comprised of many parts, any of which can break at a moment’s notice and leave you inconvenienced. When the hot water stops flowing, there are some do-it-yourself checks you can perform, until the time you require the help of a professional plumbing specialist.

Check the Unit’s Thermostat

If it’s simply that your water is lukewarm or cooler (not at the temperature you think it should be set), checking the hot water heater’s thermostat will determine whether it might not be hard mineral buildup hindering the water from reaching the temperature you have set, assuming the thermostat has been set properly. You might need to drain and clean your tank if it’s overdue for maintenance. If it’s been flushed reasonably recently, it’s also recommended that you check the heater’s “dip tube” to ensure that it is still functioning as it should.

Check the Unit’s Pilot Light

The problem of no hot water has been known to occur merely because the pilot light wasn’t coming on. The instruction manual will advise you on how to relight the light if you’re unfamiliar with the process.

Check the Unit’s Heating Element

Many times, a broken heating element is the cause for lack of water, not enough hot water, or water that’s not hot enough. By following the proper procedure, most homeowners find they can replace their heating element on their own, once they’ve used a “continuity tester” and found that the element part has indeed gone bad. The parts are inexpensive to purchase and usually easy to switch out.

Check Your Circuit Breaker

Sometimes simply switching the hot water heater’s accompanying circuit breaker off and back on is enough to reset the unit and get your water hot again.

If you’re a resident of northern San Diego and the surrounding area and are experiencing hot water problems, we at 1-800-Any-Tyme are available for 24 hour emergency service for any of your needs, whether immediate or long term. Our professional plumbing specialists are certified, knowledgeable about, and supplied with water heater equipment of almost every major make and model. No matter when you need assistance, call us at 760-477-2222 today!

How to Get Optimal Results from Your Water Heater

As residents of San Diego and the surrounding areas, you know how high utility bills can be. There’s never a better time than now to inspect your water heater to make sure you’re getting the most cost effective, maximum functionality from it.

One way to make sure your water is heating as effectively as it should is to ensure that your water heater has proper insulation. Besides from the tank itself, exposed piping on your water heater is one of the biggest culprits for losing heat. By guaranteeing that your water heater has a high enough grade of insulation, you can significantly reduce its amount of heat loss; by insulating its piping (extend insulation beyond the peak of the pipe), you will prevent the loss of heat even more.

Your tank’s lifetime depends on the grade level of its lining and your house’s water, the temperature of the water, the extent to which your unit is utilized, and the number of anode rods the tank has. Anode rods cause a reaction with the water in the tank to slow down corrosion of the tank’s steel not protected by the lining. The more sufficient coverage the tank lining provides (there are various sizes), the smaller the area of possible tank corrosion; and upon regular maintenance inspection, when the anode rods are replaced as required (and no later), the corrosion process will be slower. Flushing out the tank will remove buildup of mineral sediment which clogs and slows the function of your water heater.

If thinking of an upgrade, choosing an energy efficient water heater (like Energy Star) can provide several times the amount of optimal functionality of conventional ones. The Department of Energy has recommended considering a heat pump water heater when upgrading for residents of areas whose outside temperatures range from 40° to 90°; heat pumps can also be made compatible with many regular water heaters. Heat pump water heaters can save up to three times the energy needed to run their standard counterparts. A difference in energy consumption that large should eventually lower a high energy bill.

For those living in San Diego and the surrounding areas, if you’ve done everything you can to optimize your water heater but still can’t make it as efficient as you’d like, the plumbing specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are certified and trained to install, maintain, repair, or replace any water heater equipment needed. They offer installation on makes and models from all major manufacturers. Reach us  24-7 any day (including holidays) at 760-477-2222.

Locations We Service:

Bonsall, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Clairemont, College Area, Del Mar, Downtown, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hillcrest, Kearny Mesa, La Costa, La Jolla, Leucadia, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Mission Valley Normal Heights, North Park, Ocean Beach, Oceanside, Olivenhain, Pacific Beach, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, Rainbow, Ramona, San Diego, San Luis, San Marcos, Scripps Ranch, Serra Mesa, Solana Beach, Tierresanta, University City, Valley Center, Vista

What to Do Before Calling the Water Heater Specialist

For those residents of northern San Diego and the surrounding areas, solving the mysteries of water heater problems can be challenging without the help of a professional specialist. But if your problem happens to be one of the following, with practice the fix can be a fairly simple one to do on your own.

You Have Pungent Water

If your water heater is releasing nasty-smelling hot water, it’s usually the result of bacteria in the heater tank mixing with aluminum- or magnesium-composed anode rods (placed there to keep rust at bay) to produce hydrogen sulfide gas. To get rid of the problem, you can try replacing any dysfunctional rods with ones containing zinc. But for a quick, immediate fix, you may choose to eradicate the bacteria building up in the tank by turning up the water to over 150 degrees or adding peroxide (healthier than but as effective as other like chemicals) and flushing out the entire water system, performing this method periodically as needed.

You Have Little or No Hot Water

Especially during winter, the amount of time it takes for cold water coming into the water tank to heat up lengthens significantly, taking longer than ever to supply sufficient hot water. If your hot water heater contains too much sediment, it may be affecting how quickly your water heats; you can try flushing your tank system of mineral buildup. No hot water period? You might have to reboot your water heater by flipping the appropriate breaker and pressing the reset button. In gas water heaters, if your pilot light has gone out, you won’t get any hot water; it’s the indicator to your heater whether or not to start heating. In this case, it could be a faulty thermocouple not signaling the pilot light to come on and thereby heat your water.

You Have Rusty Water

To get rid of the mineral sediment buildup that causes this and reduces the functionality of your water heater, it’s wise to flush out your system annually. For electric water heaters flip the breaker off, or for gas-powered ones turn off the pilot mechanism first. Completely flush out all the sediment and clean out the tank. Questions concerning your particular water heater? Consult a professional.

Nothing is more inconvenient than a malfunctioning hot water heater. If you live in northern San Diego or the surrounding areas, our 1800Anytyme plumbing specialists are certified to provide you with reliable, cost effective, same day service 24-7 for all your water heater emergencies. Call us whenever you need us at 1-760-477-2222.

Locations We Service:

Bonsall, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Clairemont, College Area, Del Mar, Downtown, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hillcrest, Kearny Mesa, La Costa, La Jolla, Leucadia, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Mission Valley Normal Heights, North Park, Ocean Beach, Oceanside, Olivenhain, Pacific Beach, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, Rainbow, Ramona, San Diego, San Luis, San Marcos, Scripps Ranch, Serra Mesa, Solana Beach, Tierresanta, University City, Valley Center, Vista