Water Heater Repair And Service
We rely on household appliances to make our homes comfortable, affordable, and truly livable, on a regular basis. Though these appliances are not the entirety of our residences, the creature comforts they afford us are rather important. And while, as the old song says, a house is not a home unless the people you love are in it with you, there is much to be said for having your loved ones with you in a home with quality appliances that work.
Water heaters, tankless and otherwise, are not usually viewed as the sexiest of the household appliances that we use on a regular basis. Practically speaking, a functional water heater carries less of a “wow factor” than say, a sleek new refrigerator or multi-burner stove top. That said, properly maintained water heaters, in addition to adding to and enhancing your comfort, can also increase the value of your home, make it more attractive to prospective buyers, earn you a handsome sum when you do sell your home, and save you money on your electric and heating bills.
The words “water” and “heater” pretty much tell us what we need to know about the device that pipes hot water into our homes. But in order to more fully understand how these machines work and why their upkeep is so important, a bit more explanation might be necessary.
What does a water heater do?
The easiest answer to this question is, it heats water. In order to have hot water for showers, baths, washing machines, and dishwashers, you need a water heater. So while the explanation is simple, it belies both its necessity and function.
Standard hot water heaters are cylindrical in shape, are often large enough to hold several gallons of water, and designed so that hot water can flow to any desired spout in your home. The piping within your home allows hot water to be delivered to bathrooms and appliances in any part of your abode in a gravity-defying kind of way. In fact, water heaters in Dallas allow hot or warm water to travel several floors above where the water heater sits.
Why you need a water heater
Despite Dallas’ typically warm weather and the fact that you are likely to have hot or at least warm water coursing through your pipes for a good part of the year, a hot water heater is still needed. Temps are known to drop at night, and warm water does not last as long when there are several people showering, or running washing machines and dishwashers at the same time.
If you live in a large home in Dallas, Texas, chances are high that you will need a water heater that is sturdy, dependable, and allows hot water to go exactly where you want it to go. That includes mud rooms that house washers and hot water dryers, as well as bathrooms and showers.
Types of Water Heaters With Tanks
Despite the simplicity in the wording, hot water heaters are anything but. In fact, there are a variety of ways to get hot water flowing through your house, due to the variety of hot water tanks available on the market. Hot water heaters with tanks come in many shapes, sizes, and designs and can be solar powered or traditionally heated. And because water heaters are not the kind of appliance you purchase frequently, there is a good chance you will not be fluent in the language of water heaters when it is time to purchase a new one or upgrade the one you have. That is why it is so important that you research water heaters in Dallas before you purchase any type at all.
Conventional Water Heater
Conventional, or standard water heaters, are the kind with which most of us are familiar. They feature a metal drum that can hold anywhere between 20 and 100 gallons of water, with 50 to 55 gallons being the average size. The benefits of this kind of water heater include a constant and readily available supply of warm water until they run out. Because conventional heaters are insulated, the water sitting in the drum can stay warm for hours in the event of a power outage.
Condensing Water Heater
This type of water heater is fueled and thereby heated, by natural gas exhaust. Condensing water heaters use tanks similar to the more traditional types of water heaters. They do this by allowing the gas to flow from a coil at the bottom of the tank in order to heat the water. This kind of heater is ideal for those who already use natural gas to heat their homes.
Solar-Powered Water Heater
What better way to heat your water than by using the original and most natural source of heat around: the sun. Solar-powered water heaters require a tank just like the other types of heaters referenced. A key element to heating the water in these devices, however, is the use of solar panels on your rooftop. The energy that is absorbed from the sun is transferred to these rooftop panels, flows through a conductor that heats your water. This type of water heater is an excellent choice for generally warm and sunny climates like Dallas but requires an alternate heating system for cloudy, cold, and hazy days.
Heat-Pump Water Heater
Heat-pump water heaters heat the water in your tank by transferring warmth from one part of the tank to another. Heat is absorbed from the surrounding air and ground, and circulated by way of electricity. What makes this type of heater so unique is its reliance on electricity as a conduit for pre-existing heat, instead of being the means by which the water has initially been heated.
Tankless Water Heaters
The basic difference between the types of hot water heaters we have discussed and those that are tankless is the absence of a tank. It might seem a bit unusual, having a water heater that does not store water, but there is much to be said for them.
Whereas water heaters with tanks provide hot water around the clock, tankless water heaters can only produce hot water when a demand is made on the system. This key difference can be explained as follows. If you want to take a hot shower at night when temperatures tend to be cooler, a water heater will allow you to do so without wondering if there will be enough hot water for you or the other bathers in your home.
Though having hot water when you want it may sound like a dream, tankless heaters tend to be a little more expensive than tank heaters. Another drawback to electric tankless heaters is that there is no hot water reserve in the event of a power outage. You’ll need electricity to generate hot water.
Types of Tankless Water Heaters
There are two basic types of tankless hot water heaters, each designed with different sources of energy in mind- electric and gas.
Electric Tankless Hot Water Heater
Electric tankless hot water heaters are best used in homes that do not have a gas line. These tanks are rather versatile, as they are small, do not require vents, and make less noise than tankless gas heaters.
Unfortunately, these types of tankless units can be costly because of the sheer amount of electricity they require. Tankless, electric water heaters require well over 100,000 BTU’s, or British Thermal Units, in order to heat a large home. In addition, electric water heaters have to work harder in cooler seasons and climates, which can tax the coils and wires within the heating mechanism.
Electric heaters require tankless water heater repairs in Dallas more often than gas-powered tankless water heaters. Their expectancy is roughly 8 to 10 years, which is half that of gas powered tankless heaters.
Gas Tankless Hot Water Heater
Tankless gas water heaters are more efficient than the electric versions as, by definition, they require much less electricity. They tend to last longer and need repairs less frequently as well However, tankless gas water heaters sometimes need existing gas lines rerouted in order to accommodate this kind of heater.
While tankless electric heaters require copper coils to heat your water supply, tankless gas water heaters rely on gas burners. And because of the intensity at which these burners operate and by extension, the rate at which they heat your water, tankless gas heaters have been proven more efficient by Consumer Reports.
The Pros and Cons of Tankless Hot Water Heaters
Whether you choose a tankless gas water heater or one that is electric, it is important that you know what type is right for your home and your hot water needs. Hot water heaters, gas, electric, tankless, and otherwise, are appliances that are purchased infrequently. This infrequency necessitates research, an updated, practical understanding of how tankless hot water heaters work, and where to turn when your tankless water heater needs repairs in Dallas, Texas.
The Pros of Tankless Hot Water Heaters
- Cost Effective -Tankless hot water heaters allow you to save money by heating the amount of warm water you need when you need it. You can save a lot of money when you are not constantly heating up water sitting in a tank that may or may not be used after it is warmed.
- Minimal Risk of Flooding – Because tankless hot water heaters do not hold multiple gallons of water, or any at all really, the chances of a broken or pierced water drum that results in flooding, are slim to none.
- Supply and Demand – Tankless water heaters significantly reduce the risk of running out of hot water. That is great news, especially since no one wants to be the one to discover that there is no more hot water while they are in the shower or bath.
- Eco-Friendly – By heating up only the amount of water that you need, you are able to conserve the overall amount of water you use, making your ecological footprint that much smaller.
- Compact Space – Tankless hot water heaters are much smaller than the storage systems more traditional tanks take up.
- Increased Home Value – Because of the added efficiency, lower water and heating costs, and space-saving features, tankless hot water heaters are an attractive feature for prospective home buyers.
The Cons of Tankless Hot Water Heater
Initial Expense – Your first time purchase of a tankless hot water heater will be expensive. This is true despite the eventual return on your tankless water heater investment, in part because repairs are not needed as frequently as they are with standard water heaters. Still, the initial payment for a tankless water heater is high.
Erratic Water Temperature – When there are several people using water at the same time, the temperatures can vary greatly. The reason for this is due to the demand and flow of hot water throughout various parts of your home at the same time.
Additional Parts Required – Tankless gas hot water heaters often require rewiring so that additional and far-reaching gas lines extend throughout your home. This often becomes an added expense that buyers may or may not be aware of from the get-go. In addition, water softeners are sometimes needed in order to ensure that your heater works at maximum capacity and functioning.
Other Considerations of Tankless Hot Water Heater
Talk about increasing the value of your home for prospective homebuyers is only helpful if you have plans of putting your home up for sale. In addition, you need to take full stock of what your water needs are, the size of your home, the water quality in Dallas, and if having water on demand is important to you.
Consider also the costs that you will incur with the installation, maintenance, and repairs your tankless hot water heater may require. That said, individuals in need of tankless hot water repairs in the Dallas- Fort Worth area, need look no further for quality plumbing services than Staggs Plumbing. With their top-notch rating with the Better Business Bureau, as well as their excellent word-of-mouth reputation, you can trust your tankless hot water heaters, whether brand new or in need of repairs, to Staggs Plumbing.