General Info You Will Want To Know About ALL Types of Water Heaters
We’ll get to the specifics of tankless heaters in a moment, but here are a few items you should know about all water heaters.
While a working hot water heater is a necessity for every home, not all water heaters are created equal. You shouldn’t have to put up with long wait times for hot water or inconsistent delivery. And you should NEVER run out of hot water. At Yes! Plumbing we pride ourselves on being able to provide each homeowner with the unique solution that is right for their family. You can have a high quality water heater designed to meet the demands of your home installed for a reasonable price in a very short period of time.
The latest hot water heater models are more fuel efficient and quite effective at providing your entire house with hot water when you need it, provided they are sized, installed and maintained properly. Our expert technicians will be happy to provide maintenance for the life of your heater, extending its useful life by many years.
We know you need to have an expert on your side that can guide you through the new hot water heater selection process and help you make an informed decision about which model is best for your family. Yes! Plumbing has been installing both traditional and tankless water heaters in the Chicagoland area for over 20 years. (See our service area tab for exact locations served). Call YES! now for a same day consultation and/or installation.
Water Heater Types & Sizes
Water heaters come in two basic styles—tank storage types and tankless types. One of the most important and challenging aspects of picking out a water heater is making sure the one you choose is the right size and type for your household. In order to do this, you will need to have a good estimate of how much hot water you use on a regular basis, how much you are willing to pay to store hot water, and what kind money you can make by taking advantage of Gas Utility Company incentives and Federal Tax incentives.
Calculating your household hot water demand can certainly be a challenge. That is why having the assistance of an experienced professional can make such a difference. Our experts will help you figure out just how much hot water you need at peak times in your household and what the lowest cost installation will be. With that information, you will be able to select the right size and type of water heater to suit your needs.
How Do I Know if It Is Time to Replace My Water Heater?
You should consider replacing your water heater if you have noticed persistent problems with getting hot water when and where you need it or if you are calling for repairs on a regular basis. Even if this is not the case, however, you may still want to replace your water heater if your current unit is more than 10 years old. This is about the average lifespan of a water heater anyway, and a model this old is likely much less energy efficient than the ones on the market today, meaning you're spending more on monthly energy bills than you need to.
Your Water Heater Installation
We will take care of removing your old water heater and we can have your new one in place in no time. Whether you opt for a traditional tank style or a tankless water heater, our Factory Certified Plumbers insure expert installation at a reasonable cost.
Service After The Sale
Keeping your water heater properly maintained is vital to ensuring that it will serve you well for many years to come. Yes! Plumbing offers full factory certified water heater maintenance services in our service area. (see our service area map at this link). And if you do find yourself in need of emergency repairs, we can take care of that as well. YES! has service available 24/7, 365 days a year. Whatever your water heater service needs, call us today and we'll have a State Licensed Plumber there before you know it.
In addition to installation services, Yes! Plumbing also offers complete water heater maintenance and repair to customers in our service area. Even if we did not handle your initial water heater installation, we would be glad to take over the routine maintenance of your system or to provide any repair services you may need. Having a reliable water heater in your home can make many aspects of your life easier. And many newer water heater models are quite energy efficient. But even though you have a great product in place, that does not mean that you cannot take some steps on your own to help your water heater work better and last longer.
Warranty vs. Guarantee
Depending on the company doing the installation, water heaters come with either a guarantee, or a warranty.
Generally a warranty contains exceptions and exclusions. For instance, a 6 year warranty may cover labor for 30 days, parts for 12 months and the tank for 6 years. So if your thermopile malfunctions after 13 months, you pay for the parts and labor just as if the heater had no warranty at all.
A Guarantee, on the other hand, provides full coverage for the entire period of the guarantee. For instance, in the example above, if the thermopile went out 13 months (or 6 years) after installation, the repair would be absolutely free.
At Yes! Plumbing , all of our heaters are manufactured to exacting specifications. This allows us to provide unrivaled guarantees of your choice. Choose 6, 8, 10 or lifetime guarantees on our tank type heaters. We give a full 3 year guarantee on our tankless heaters, as well as 5 years on the heat exchangers.
Whatever style of heater you choose, be sure the installing contractor gives you a copy of the warranty or guarantee in writing.
Tankless Water Heaters
Regardless of the age of your old water heater, you may want to think about going with a tankless model. Tankless water heaters may not be right for every home (some homes aren’t configured properly), but their extreme efficiency, and high return on investment make them the right choice for homes configured to accept the installation of these money saving monsters.
Yes! Plumbing offers tankless water heater installation, maintenance and repair. Whether you are ready to make a purchase or would just like to learn more about these great products, give us a call today.
How a Tankless Water Heater Works
For many people, tankless water heaters are a bit of a mystery. After all, how can you have hot water as soon as you turn on the tap if there is no big supply of it waiting until it is needed? Well, the secret lies in the way tankless water heaters are put together.
Unlike tank type water heaters which rely on an open flame contacting the steel tank and flue inside the heater, tankless water heaters heat the water by running the water through a sealed combustion chamber which never scales up like a tank type heater does. When you turn the hot water on somewhere in your home, it triggers the water heater to begin drawing coldwater into this system, and before you know it, steaming hot water is pouring out of the faucet in front of you.
And when you have a tankless heater, you never run out of hot water! You can go on vacation for 2 weeks, leave your hot water running, and when you come back, it will still be hot!
Tankless Water Heaters are Energy Efficient
Of course, traditional tank water heaters provide hot water when you turn on your tap as well. But there are quite a few benefits to choosing a tankless model over a tank one. For instance, tank water heaters use energy constantly to keep the water in their reserve tanks hot and ready for you to use. Also, when you turn on the hot water faucet in your home with a tank type heater, the hot water is “pushed” out of the tank by the cold water coming in. So some of the hot water is actually cooled down by the cold incoming water and has to be reheated again. Tankless models, on the other hand, do not use any energy when you are not using the hot water. This can translate to a significant savings each month simply because you will not have to pay for hot water when you are not using it.
Tankless water heaters are also quite energy efficient in their own right. When they do use energy, it is typically very little, and they also do not require as much maintenance as regular tank models do. Tankless heaters used by Yes! Plumbing are 98% efficient vs a tank type heater which is typically 60% efficient when new, and loses efficiency every year as it ages. The tankless heater, properly installed, will have the same efficiency 25 years from now as it does the day it’s installed.
Look at it this way—you can continue to pay the gas company X dollars per year to store hot water, or, you can have them pay for your new water heater by reducing your bill for heating water by as much as 40% each month.
Stay Away from Electric
While you can use just about any energy source to heat the hot water in your home, your best bet is to stay away from electric water heaters. No matter what your other options are, electricity will almost always cost significantly more if you depend on it to provide hot water for your entire home. So if you do not have access to natural gas in your area, you may want to look into propane as a power source for your water heater.
Tankless Water Heater Installation
Tankless water heaters are also a good choice if you do not have a lot of room in your house. They take up much less space than tank water heaters which is a big plus for home owners with limited space. Typically the tankless heater hangs on the wall and is about the same size as a large suitcase. They come in different capacities, so we can find the one that matches your water needs. For households with larger needs, and commercial buildings like restaurants, tankless heaters are installed in pairs or groups, with only the number working based on the demand at the time hot water is needed.
Can I Install a Tankless Water Heater Myself?
Tankless heaters are not readily installed by an amateur. Especially if you are converting from a tank type to tankless. This initial conversion is usually too complicated to be done by persons not factory trained for weeks in the technical requirements to insure that the heater will function properly. Yes! Plumbing has the trained personnel who can insure that your installation goes flawlessly. Give us a call whenever you feel you need help!
How Often Does My Tankless Water Heater Need to Be Serviced?
Just like any other piece of equipment in your home, your water heater will benefit from regular maintenance visits. Make sure to have a professional come out twice a year to inspect your system and make any necessary adjustments or repairs, and to inspect the safety features and flush any built up sediment. This type of service will help your water heater last longer and maintain its original energy efficiency throughout its life.
Different types of water heaters come with different recommendations for the frequency of service they require. In general, though, a tankless water heater should be serviced about twice a year.
There really is no substitute for proper maintenance service and it will likely save you a lot in the long run.