Sweetwater Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Tankless Water Heaters’

3 Things to Love About Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, February 8th, 2021

tankless-water-heaterLiving in California means that we are always on the lookout for ways to save…especially when it comes to water. Unless we are in an El Nino year, we don’t get too much rain so anything that we can do to keep our water usage on the low end is worth a shot.

One of the best ways to do this is with the use of certain appliances in our homes. Things like low-flow faucets and showerheads go a long way in helping the modern individual cut back on the number of gallons they go through each month. Another way to save water is to opt for a more water-efficient water heater.

Selecting a water heater that uses less water and energy can have a big impact on your home. It can help reduce your bills without compromising your home comfort. One great system to help accomplish this goal is the tankless water heater.

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How Hot Should I Set the Water Heater?

Monday, February 25th, 2019

water-is-too-hotThe water temperature in the water heater in your house can be adjusted using a device called the aquastat. However, before you start making any adjustments to try to find the ideal temperature—either to save energy or for comfort—we must caution you about what can happen if the water heater is set too low or too high:

  • Too low: Both we and the EPA recommend you never set the aquastat lower than 120°F. The water must be hot enough to kill off bacteria and other disease-causing microbes that may develop in the tank.
  • Too high: You create a risk of scalding temperatures in the house. We don’t recommend a setting any higher than 140°F.

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What Type of Water Heater Will Save Me the Most Money?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
  • water-heater-modelQ: What type of water heater should I get to have the best money savings?
  • A: The right type of water heater.

We know that answer sounds like we’re being flippant, but it is the correct answer. There is no single type of water heater that is a guaranteed money-saver for a house because every household is different. A tankless water heater with a high efficiency rating may sound like a sure thing for cutting down on energy bills, but it might end up doing a bad job at actually delivering the hot water the household needs end have to be replaced early. That’s hardly saving money!

  • Q: So how do I find the right type of water heater?
  • A: Work with a professional plumber.

Thankfully, the answer to this question is straightforward. A new water heater installation must be handled by a plumbing professional, so you might as well involve the professionals from the start to select the ideal new water heater for your needs. A water heater must first be able to handle the hot water demands of your household, or else it’s not much good. Professionals can size the system (determining volume of hot water, flow rate, etc.) so your household will rarely run out of hot water or experience a drop in efficiency because of hot water demand. The pro plumbers then look for models that will cut down on your heating costs, but also make sure the model won’t be prohibitively expensive.

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How Long Should My Water Heater Last?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

water-heater-tankWhen people ask our experts this question—and it’s a question we hear often—what they usually want to know is if they should have their current aging water heater replaced with a new one. But it’s also something people ask when they get a new water heater so they know what to expect, and how much return they’ll receive from their investment in the new unit.

The question doesn’t have a single, simple answer. “It depends,” is one way to answer it, but that won’t satisfy anybody. Depends on what? And what can be done to see that it last for as long as possible?

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A Water Heater Needs Maintenance from Plumbing Experts

Monday, September 25th, 2017

water-heater-plumbing-repairsWhen the fall starts, HVAC companies remind their customers that it’s time to have maintenance done for their heating equipment. Even Southern California can get the winter blues! But plumbers also ask their customers to arrange for maintenance as well, and it’s for a heating system that Californians need every day, no matter the weather: the water heater.

You certainly have a water heater serving your household’s daily cleaning, washing, and cooking needs. But you may not realize how much work this appliance does: it accounts for almost 40% of the energy used in most homes! That’s a huge chunk of your utility bills. A device this essential that works this hard needs special attention every year.

Where do you go for professional water heater maintenance? An expert in plumbing in Riverside, CA or wherever you live. It takes plumbers to deal with the special needs of a water heater.

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A Few Troubles You May Experience with a Tankless Water Heater

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

tankles-water-heater-repairWe’re big proponents of tankless water heaters in Santa Ana, CA—really, for any place we service in Southern California! But even though tankless water heaters are less prone to repair issues and breakdowns, they can suffer from some specific issues that may require you give our team a call to look into it. Below are a few of the more common tankless water heater issues.

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Corrosion on a Water Heater: Time to Replace It?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

water-heaterAs professional plumbers who work on everything from small leaks in homes to large scale commercial plumbing installations, we’re used to encountering one of the biggest enemies of all plumbing systems: corrosion. Corrosion is a chemical reaction between water and metal in the presence of oxygen, resulting in a weakening of the metal. There are different types of corrosion, but rust is the most familiar. No matter the type, corrosion is straight up bad news for metal because it eats into it and eventually causes it to flake away. (In fact, the word corrosion comes from the Latin word meaning “to gnaw.” Corrosion gnaws away at metal.)

The tank water heater in your home is an appliance that is in danger of corrosion because of the contact between metal and water. But, you’ve probably noticed, the water heater is quite resistant to corrosion. That’s because models are designed this way, with a number of safeguards to stop the tank or other components from beginning to rust.

However, corrosion can still affect a water heater. When that happens, does that mean it’s time to have the water heater replaced?

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Why Consider a Heat Pump Water Heater?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

gold-faucetThe standard water heater that most people think of is a tank water heater, also known as a storage water heater, which keeps a supply of water in a large tank. The water is maintained at a high temperature so that it’s ready for use when a tap turns on somewhere in the building. There are other models of water heater available, such as the tankless water heater, which has become popular in the U.S. over the last decade. A tankless water heater heats up water as it is needed rather than storing it.

There’s a third water heater alternative: the heat pump water heater. It’s not as well-known as the other two, but it offers some excellent advantages to homeowners. It’s worth considering if you’re looking to have a water heater installation in Pomona, CA or elsewhere in Southern California.

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Are Tankless Water Heaters always Better Choices Than Tank Water Heaters?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

We often recommend that homeowners look into the installation of a tankless water heater when it’s time to replace an aging water heating system. Switching from the conventional storage tank model that so many homes have to a system that heats up water on demand without storing it offers many benefits: reduced energy costs, no water supply that can run out, long lifespan, and smaller size.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean that a tankless water heater is always the top choice for a home. In certain situations, staying with a tank water heater is the better choice for a replacement.

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Why You May Gas Need Piping Installation

Monday, December 5th, 2016

When people think of plumbers, they almost always think of water pipes. But plumbers work on different types of pipes as well. For example, an important service that we provide as plumbers in Southern California is the installation (as well as repair) of natural gas pipes. If your home already uses natural gas in some way, you may want to have additional piping put in so you can make a greater use of it.

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