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Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Sep 13, 2017 4:03:04 PM

Tired of the shower going cold before you finish, or trying to ration the hot water among multiple family members every morning? Perhaps you should consider a tankless water heater.

Rather than keeping a finite amount of heated water in storage, as a traditional water heater does, a tankless heater heats water on demand, by running cold water through a pipe heated with an electric or gas-powered unit.

To determine whether a tankless heater is for you, let’s look at some of the pros and cons for installing this appliance.

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Topics: Water Heaters

Do you need a thermal expansion tank for your water heater?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jun 22, 2017 9:19:00 AM

Are you tired of your hot water heater always leaking? Do you need to replace yet another heater and can’t figure out what keeps going wrong?

If that’s you, you may need to install a thermal expansion tank.

To clarify, an expansion tank doesn’t increase the amount of hot water your water heater can hold. Instead, it forms a kind of pressure buffer to regulate the water pressure in your pipe system—and this can extend the life of not only your water heater, but your whole plumbing system as well.

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What Temperature Should I Set for My Water Heater?

Posted by Admin on May 25, 2017 8:33:44 AM

Your home’s water heater has a maximum temperature setting that controls how hot the water in your faucets may be at any given time. While most of us don’t think about this setting being customizable, it is actually something you can control.

A new water heater is typically preset to a maximum temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Some say that’s the ideal temperature, while others argue that it’s better to reduce the maximum temperature to 120.

There are two distinct schools of thought on this topic. Let’s take a closer look at them:

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Bathroom, Water Heaters

Do You Need a Professional to Replace Your Water Heater?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jun 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Listen, we get it. We know you want a DIY solution to your hot water heater problem because it means you save a couple bucks, but we can assure you this is a situation where the cons are downright dangerous and outweigh the pros of saving some money.

Your water heater is one of your more dangerous home appliances because of the dozens of gallons of extremely hot water, gas lines, pressure-controlled tanks, etc. Discover why you need to put away your toolbox and pick up your phone to schedule an appointment with your professional plumber when it comes to water heater replacement:

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Topics: Water Heaters

How do Faucets Control the Temperature of Water?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jun 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One of the best things about modern plumbing is that it just kind of works. You don't necessarily have to think about where your water goes when it drains or how a faucet can produce hot and cold water, but when you start thinking about those things, it can be hard to figure out how everything actually works.

Take the hot and cold water thought for example: you know you have a water heater so where is the cold water coming from? And how does turning a knob or two get you the right temperature inside when you set the thermostat on the water heater outside? Now that we've got you thinking, let's solve this plumbing mystery...

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Topics: Water Heaters

4 Signs You Need to Start Shopping for a New Water Heater

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jun 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Replacing a major home appliance is never fun or convenient, but the experience can go just a little smoother if you can start preparing for such a major purchase before things head totally south.

So if you're suspicious that your water heater may be on the road to failure, check out this list to see if your unit's symtoms match up with these 4 signs that your water heater might be giving up, and plan ahead for a replacement:

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Electric Water Heaters vs. Gas Water Heaters

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jun 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

So far we've given you a list of things to consider when shopping for a new water heater, and we've compared traditional and tankless models, so this week we thought we'd help you learn the differences between gas water heaters and electric water heaters.

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Topics: Water Heaters

Traditional vs. Tankless Water Heaters: Which is Better?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jun 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Whether your current water heater is on it's last leg or you're just looking to upgrade, choosing a new water heater is a big decision — especially with all of the options on the market today!

You've come to the right place for answers because we know you just want what's best for your home and family. To help you make the right choice for your home, we've compared traditional, conventional storage water heaters and tankless water heater models on 4 important criteria: Installation & Maintenance, Cost, Efficiency, and Convenience. See how the models stack up to one another:

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How Often Should I Replace My Plumbing Fixtures?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Feb 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Has it been a while since you've updated your plumbing, and now you're wondering if you're behind on some much needed replacements? Find out just how often your toilets, water heater, garbage disposal, washing machine supply hose, faucets, supply pipes, and drain lines need to be replaced — and the tale tell signs your plumbing fixtures are on the outs.

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Topics: Plumbing, Water Heaters, Toilets, Pipes, Garbage Disposals

Things to Consider When Shopping for a New Water Heater

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Dec 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Are you in the market for a new water heater? Whether you're looking to upgrade, remodel, or start from scratch, you have a lot to consider with all the different options available today. While you may already know that traditional and tankless models are available, do you know what sets the two of them apart? Let's take an in-depth look at the differences and similarities of tankless and traditional models, along with two other popular options on the market today. 

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Topics: Water Heaters