Water Heater Installations

Gas and Electric Water Heater Installation

Gas and Electric Water Heater InstallationTank-type water heaters continue to be the dominant choice for residential water heating units. A tank-type water heater is more or less a huge insulated water tank which has heating components inside it. Most homes have tank-type water heaters with a reservoir holding between twenty and eighty gallons of hot water at the ready. Hot water is released from the top of the tank when someone turns on a hot water faucet. At the same time, cold water is taken in at the bottom of the tank, so the tank remains full.

A main concern with some Water Heater tanks is wasted energy, because water in the tank is continually heated, even when no one in the house is using hot water. One sure-fire solution for this is the tankless water heater. For those who choose to stay with a traditional tank-type water heater, Phill’s Plumbing recommends tanks which are well-insulated, and have a high “thermal resistance” value.

For those whose water is heated with gas, we can also recommend a fan-assisted water heater, or an atmospheric sealed-combustion water heater. Both of these designs reduce the energy losses related to gas venting, which is a necessary safety feature when dealing with gas.

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Tankless Water Heater Installation

Tankless Water Heater InstallationTankless water heaters work great. Rather than storing it in a tank where you have to wait for it to be heated, they provide hot water instantly. Tankless water heaters can be up to 30% more energy-efficient than the gas and electric tank-type water heaters, because there is no “standby heat loss.” The water is heated just when you need it. This efficient design can lead to great savings on your utility bills over time.

It is true that the flow rate of hot water is limited by a Tankless Water Heater’s output, though they provide a sufficient amount of water for most situations – up to seven gallons per minute. Gas-fired tankless water heaters provide a higher flow rate than electric models.

With a Tankless Water Heater, when you turn on the hot water tap cold water will travel into the unit through a pipe. The water is heated either with a gas burner or an electric element, then it flows out the tap in a constant supply of hot water. There is no need to wait while a tank fills with hot water.

If someone has a large household with a high demand for hot water delivered simultaneously through multiple fixtures, it is possible to install two or more tankless water heaters in the home. And while it is true that Tankless Water Heaters have a higher equipment cost, they often have lower operating costs, which in the long run can offset the purchase price.

It is important to have your Tankless Water Heater installed and maintained by a qualified professional – manufacturers often extend their warranties when homeowners follow this wise course of action. Call Phill’s Plumbing Today!

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