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4 Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Whether taking a shower, washing your hands, or cooking, your water heater makes these everyday activities possible. As a homeowner trying to cut costs, you may want to save on bills as much as possible, and your energy (or gas) bill is one of them. Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, heat water only when it’s needed, reducing wasted heat and energy. If you’re thinking about replacing your current water heater, a tankless water heater could be the solution for you.

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Below are 4 benefits of tankless water heaters:

1. ENERGY-EFFICIENT

Compared to traditional, tank-style water heaters, tankless water heaters save more energy. Tank-style water heaters experience what is known as standby energy loss. A burner heats the water and water is stored within the tank, waiting to be used. The thermal energy dissipates during the time it stays in the tank. In other words, hot water stays in the tank whether it’s being used or not, which means that you could be wasting energy. This is especially true if you’re away from home while the traditional water heater is constantly firing up to reheat the water in its tank.

In contrast, tankless water heaters eliminate standby loss as they only produce hot water on demand. When you turn on the hot water tap, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit and is heated by an electric heating element or a gas burner. That means that no hot water is wasted, which saves energy and helps families to reduce energy costs. For homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, tankless water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than traditional, tank-style water heaters. They can be 8%–14% more energy efficient for homes that use a lot of hot water, which is around 86 gallons per day.

Also, you can receive a $300 federal tax rebate if you purchase an ENERGY STAR certified gas tankless water heater. Electric tankless heaters are also eligible for the rebate.

2. SAVE SPACE

Tankless water heaters take up less space than traditional tank-style water heaters. Tankless water heaters have a compact design and can be mounted on a wall. So they are an ideal option for small spaces as they take up less room.

3. ENDLESS HOT WATER

Tankless water heaters offer a continuous supply of hot water at a preset temperature level, which is great for filling up a large tub or whirlpool. They can produce as much as 5 to 7 gallons of hot water per minute. This means that you would have more than enough hot water for multiple showers and for appliances to run simultaneously. Tankless water heaters simply never run out of water. With traditional, tank-style water heaters, when hot water runs out, it could take a long period of time for the tank to fill back up with hot water. Not to mention the high energy costs that come with storing hot water that may not be used.

4. LONGER LIFE EXPECTANCY

Tankless water heaters can last twice as long as conventional water heaters. They typically offer a longer warranty as well. So if anything goes wrong with your tankless water heater, you won’t have to pay for repairs or replacement. This can help homeowners save money in the long run. Warranties can last up to 20 years, which is the average lifespan of a tankless water heater.

Do you own a home in the Kansas City area? Are you looking to install a tankless water heater to reduce energy costs? Contact Lutz Plumbing to get a quote about tankless water heater installation for your home.

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Water Heater

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Plumber repairing an hot-water heaterNow more than ever there seem to be limitless options for technology in your home. When you’re in the middle of moving into a new home or just upgrading the appliances in your own home, there are so many options that make even simple tasks complicated. If you need help choosing the right water heater, we understand, and we can help you through this process. We offer a wide variety of water heaters, and if you need repair or maintenance services we offer service on any make and model water heater system.

If you want a great water heater in Shawnee, KS then make sure that you choose to consult our team before you buy a unit for your home. We can make sure that you pick a unit that’s the best for the needs of your home.

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How to Treat Your Water Heater

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterWhen you think of important appliances in your home your mind probably jumps to your oven, washing machine, or dishwasher. Turn your sights to your water heater. Your water heater is an incredibly important unit in your home—you use it almost every day.

Without the proper function of this appliance, the daily operation of your home will be cumbersome. Your water heater accounts for a whopping 17% of your home’s energy usage and consumes more energy than all your other household appliances combined. Your water heater has the potential to last you anywhere from 10 to 20 years with the right maintenance. We’ve compiled some tips below to help you get the most out of your water heater. If you do need professional service for your water heater in Overland Park, contact our team.

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Time to Replace Your Water Heater if It’s Doing These Things

Monday, August 6th, 2018

plumber-wrenchWater heaters can last a long time, but they don’t last forever. If your water heater is getting close to the end of its life, it’s a good idea to call for a replacement installation as soon as possible.

You don’t want to suddenly find yourself without a working water heater while you’re taking a shower, for example. If you’re not sure whether or not you need a new water installed in your home, have a look at the signs below.

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How to Keep Your Water Heater Functioning Properly

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

tank-water-heaterWater heaters are pretty hardy systems, but they’re not invincible. If they aren’t properly taken care of, they can have their lifespans shortened by a number of years. If you want to protect your investment in your water heater for as long as possible, there are a number of steps you need to follow. Read on to find out more about how to keep your water heater healthy for the foreseeable future.

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Tank or Tankless? The Great Water Heater Conundrum!

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Tankless-Water-HeaterOkay, so your old water heater finally gave up the ghost (or is close enough as to make no difference) and you find yourself in need of a new system. What do you go for? Well, there are actually a few different kinds of water heater types available on the market, some of which appeal to a wider group of homeowners than others.

The two that we’re going to focus on in this post, though, are the broadest categories. Let’s take a look at tank and tankless water heaters, the pros and cons of each, and which you might want to install in your home.

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Is it Time for a New Water Heater?

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

plumber-wrenchWater heaters can last quite a long time, especially if you take proper care of them. Most of them are built to operate 24/7 in some capacity, after all, and it takes some really sturdy construction to be able to last for years that way. However, no amount of care or maintenance is going to be able to get your water heater to last forever. You need to be able to recognize when your system is coming to the end of its life, so that you can have it replaced before it fails completely. If you’re not sure whether or not your water heater needs to be replaced in the near future, read on for some tips.

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Common Water Heater Problems to Watch for

Monday, December 11th, 2017

tank-water-heaterWater heaters are pretty tough systems, compared to a lot of various home appliances. They have to be, in order to cope with the constant strain of providing hot water multiple times a day, 24/7.

Even with regular maintenance, though, you are almost certainly going to have to deal with some kind of problem with your water heater if you own it for long enough. How quickly you identify the problem and get it repaired will determine how much damage to the system is prevented. Have a look at a few common water heater problems below, and the indications that you should call for repairs as soon as possible.

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Possible Causes of Low Water Heater Output

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

plumber-wrenchWater heaters are built to last, even under the immense amount of strain that the average system is subjected to. However, being reliable doesn’t mean that the system is immune to developing problems of any kind. Water heaters can be afflicted by issues of various kinds in the same way as any other HVAC or plumbing system.

Like other systems, it’s important that you be able to identify when your water heater is developing issues as soon as possible. The faster you can identify the signs of a problem, and have it repaired, the better off your water heater will be. One common symptom of a problem with the water heater is consistently low output from the system. Read on to find out why your water heater might be low.

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3 Warning Signs That Indicate You Need Water Heater Repairs

Monday, July 24th, 2017

water-heater-repairsWater heaters are pretty solid systems, far less prone to developing issues than the average heater or air conditioner. Resistant and immune are two different things, though, and just because your water heater is resistant to problems, that does not mean that it will never have them. Most of the issues that are likely to afflict your water heater will begin subtly and slowly. You will probably not notice them until they start to cause further problems for the system, which makes quick action that much more important. Have a look at three major warning signs that you need to have a professional repair your water heater as soon as you can.

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