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Are you fed up with tepid water when you have a shower or are the tankless water heaters may not be able to cope when there are too many appliances using the hot water? You may need a new tankless water heater, but which one do you choose from so many on the market?
Do not worry the water tankless heaters are experts at bluefrog plumbing and are on hand to help you. We have been serving our proud city for many years and have an unparalleled reputation for customer service and high-quality work.
Conventional or Tankless Water Heaters?
Conventional water heaters are still the most popular type of water heating system for the home. They have a single tank of hot water, usually containing between 20 to 80 gallons. When you turn on the hot water tap, the hot water at the top of the tank flows out to the tap.
At the same time, cold water goes into the bottom of the tank, making sure that the tank is always full. They are heated using natural gas, propane, oil, and electricity. This system can be very wasteful of energy especially if the tank is not heavily insulated.
There Is Less Waste with Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters warm the water directly without the use of a storage tank. Water flows into the unit when the hot water tap is turned on. An electric element or gas burner then heats the water and delivers a constant flow of hot water to the tankless water heaters. The hot water is always on demand as you do not need to wait for a storage tank to be filled with enough hot water.
The flow rate from many types of tankless water heaters is limited by the size of the heater, they normally provide hot water at a rate of 2–5 gallons per minute. This may not be enough for a large family with many water appliances working at once and additional tankless water heaters may be needed to cope with the higher demand. Tankless water heaters use less space than conventional ones. It also has fewer maintenance requirements and a longer lifespan.
How to Choose Tankless Water Heaters
For homes that use a lot of hot water, conventional water may be more energy-efficient and ecologically friendly. For homes that use less hot water, then the tankless waters heaters may be best for your home. One of bluefrog’s highly trained plumbers can help you decide which system is best for you. There are several different types of tankless water heater:
- Non-condensing Tankless Water Heater
After heating the water these heaters release hot exhaust gases through a vent to the outdoors. The vent helps to keep the unit cool. As the exhaust gases are extremely hot, often more than 300 degrees, expensive metals are used for the venting materials. This can make the unit expensive to install.
- Condensing Tankless Water Heater
A heat exchanger in the unit uses the heat from the exhaust gases to further heat the water. This makes it more energy-efficient than the non-condensing type and eliminates the need for expensive aluminum air vents, replacing them with plastic ones as the exhaust gas is cooler. This makes them cheaper to install.
- Condensing Hybrid Tankless Water Heater
This sort of water heater contains a small holding tank with hot water. This again makes it more energy-efficient if you use lots of hot water in short draws, for example when you wash your hands. A condensing type of heater will save money in energy costs over the year making it a good investment for the budget-conscious homeowner.
- What Size of Heater Do You Need?
We all need to be careful with our money, but if you pick the wrong size water heater you can overload the system. Your heater may shut down if it is having to cope with too many water appliances at once. Constantly overloading the heater may break it needing an expensive repair. We at bluefrog can help you decide which is the correct sized unit for you.
- Increase the Lifespan of Your Water Heater with Regular Maintenance
Even with a new unit, we at bluefrog plumbing recommend the regular maintenance of your water heater. You may be invalidating the manufacturer’s warranty without a regular maintenance schedule. As an average water heater repair bill costs over $500, it makes sense to have it regularly checked. This will ensure the continued safe working of your unit but also increase its lifespan.
- Mineral Buildup
If you have noticed scale forming at the bottom of your kettle, you are probably living in a hard water area. Minerals that are dissolved in water can be built up inside the heater clogging it up. You need to have a water softener installed and have your system regularly descaled to avoid any problems.
Why Choose bluefrog Plumbing and Drain?
We at bluefrog have been fixing plumbing problems in Irving for many years. We provide not only the best customer care but also high-quality work. bluefrog Plumbing and Drain is only a phone call away, should you need us for any plumbing emergency.
We want you to be 100% satisfied and feel 100% safe. All our highly trained professionals certified plumbers must pass comprehensive background and drug checks before we employ them. To further guarantee your safety our plumbers will always all wear masks and use hand sanitizer before entering your home. We are available at any time of the day or night.
“The guy who showed up was great. He was on time and did a good job. Although there were a couple of difficulties, they were quickly sorted out. The heater is now working great. Recommended.”
Hector Ellis, Irving, TX, October 2020
“The plumber was super helpful in explaining the issue as well as speedy in replacing the pipe.”
Nat Roberts, Irving, TX, September 2020
“This is the second time I call bluefrog Plumbing to check a problem in my house and I have not been let down. Great work guys.”
Parker Cook, Dallas, TX, July 2020
The team at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas is here for you!