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When to Replace Your Water Heater

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

How Serious is the Problem?

The water heater is one of the most important parts of a home that people tend to forget about. But when it’s not working, it’s the only thing people can think about. There are a lot of things you can do to better maintain your water heater. Some things are possible to do yourself, but for many issues, you will want a professional to repair them. Paying to have things fixed can get pretty pricey. Many times, you are better off spending a little bit more to get an entirely new water heater. In the event of a water leak, you will definitely need a new water heater.

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Some Minor Problems You Can Fix

The following are examples of some minor issues that you can take care of yourself without having to bother with the expense of hiring a professional:

  • Water isn’t the desired temperature
  • Leaky pressure valve
  • Hissing noise

Each of these involves a few steps that you may be able to take care of yourself. Many people don’t have the patience or the desire to handle these types of problems. A plumber can fix any of these problems easily, without the need for a whole new heater.

An Ounce of Prevention

The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is definitely true when it comes to water heater maintenance. Lowes identifies some maintenance tips for water heaters to include the following:

  • Periodically check the pressure-relief valve. To do this, lift the valve handle and let it snap into place. You should get a burst of water in the overflow drain pipe. If this doesn’t happen, you will need to install or have someone install a new valve.
  • Twice a year, drain the water heater. This will prevent corrosion to the inside of the tank, making it work more efficiently.
  • Reduce damage to your tank due to overheating by setting the temperature of the heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Time to Replace

While maintaining your water heater will make it last longer, there are issues that absolutely signal that a replacement is necessary. A ten-year-old water heater is living on borrowed time. Watch for leaks around the tank as well as sudden changes to water temperature. When these problems begin to occur, it is time to replace the unit. Once you’ve made the decision, you have a number of options available for your new unit.

Options to Consider When Replacing

How large is your family? How much money are you currently spending on electricity monthly? How quickly do you need more water heated after running out of hot water? These questions are all important when determining what type of replacement water heater you need. The most common size tank is between 40 and 50 gallons, though you can go larger or smaller. Today, energy efficiency is more important than ever before. With this awareness, there are now more efficient units available. Check the annual operating costs before purchasing.

Install Yourself or Not?

If you are interested in replacing your water heater before it breaks, you can do this yourself or contact a plumber to handle the installation. Keep in mind that you will need to properly dispose of the old water heater according to the law. (You can’t just shove it in the dumpster.) The installation is an involved process where you can’t cut corners. You need the right tools for the job, so verify that you have just what you need before beginning. If you decide this isn’t quite the job for you, contact us today. We are ready to help with any of your water heater needs.

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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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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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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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Replace Your Water Heater if it Fits These Criteria

Monday, June 12th, 2017

water-heater-installationWater heaters are designed to cope with a lot. Considering how much strain the average system is put under on a regular basis, it’s easy to see why. The average household uses hot water multiple times a day, every day, all year-round. Many water heater systems never fully turn off. Instead, they operate at all times to maintain a standing supply of hot water.

If you are careful to schedule regular preventive maintenance and prompt repairs, you can get many good years out of your water heater. No system can last forever, though. It’s important that you know the signs that it’s time to replace your old water heater. You don’t want to be blindsided by having it suddenly break down on you. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can tell that it’s time to replace your current water heater.

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Should I Replace My Water Heater This Winter?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Water heaters last a long time, but they are not eternal. Sooner or later, you’re going to need to replace your water heater no matter how well you’ve taken care of it. It’s especially important that you evaluate your system now, as strain can increase during the winter. You don’t want to suddenly find yourself without hot water in the middle of winter, do you? Have a look at some of the signs that you should install a new water heater this winter.

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