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3 Signs You Need Water Heater Repair

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Your water heater is about as integral to your life as the food in your cupboard or the car in your garage. Without the water heater that functions so diligently in your basement, you’d risk taking cold showers, having trouble washing your dishes and laundry effectively, and your overall quality of life would deteriorate before your eyes. Without hot water, our lifestyles just don’t seem to work as well.

Well, how do you know if your water heater is having trouble? After all, it can’t just up and tell you when it’s feeling under the weather.

There are various different clues that are known fairly well throughout the industry that show signs signaling water heater repair in Montgomery County. If you ignore these signs, you’re likely to end with a deteriorated system that fails exactly when you don’t need it to.

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What Types of Tankless Hot Water Heaters Are Available?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Tankless water heaters are becoming more and more popular options for homeowners, thanks to better, more effective designs and their ability to greatly reduce energy usage. What’s even better is that if you choose to install a tankless water heater, you also can choose how to power it, with either natural gas electricity. Which type of tankless hot water heater is best for your home in Jenkintown? Let the experts at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling give you some food for thought below.

Electric vs. Gas

So which is the better tankless system for your home? First, to have a gas-powered tankless water heater, you must have access to a natural gas line or an LP (liquid propane) tank. If you don’t have access to either of these, you will probably be limited to the installation of an electric tankless system. On the whole, the installation costs of an electric tankless system are less expensive, mostly because combustion tankless systems require specific venting that includes a flue. However, operating an electric tankless water heater will most likely be more expensive as electricity costs more than natural gas; in fact, it may be 10-15% less expensive to operate a gas tankless unit than an electrical one. When it comes to deciding which type will be the best fit for your home, ask the following kinds of questions:

  • What is your preference?
  • What kinds of power do you have access to?
  • What is your daily water usage?
  • Does size of the unit matter? (Gas tankless units are about 30% larger than electric ones)
  • What are the installation costs for both?
  • What kind of energy costs can you anticipate from operating each one?

Always Work with a Trained Professional

To help ensure that you purchase and install a tankless water heater that fits your needs and provides enough hot water to your home, work with a trained specialist.

The tankless hot water heater experts at Carney Plumbing Heating &Cooling can maintain and repair your unit when needed. Call us today and schedule an appointment.

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How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Mention water heaters and most people think of the traditional tanked model, with the large white cylinder sitting in their basement. There is, however, another option: tankless water heaters, which get rid of the bulky tank and some of the problems that come with it. But how do they work and what separates them from traditional tanked models? And can they work in your Radnor, PA home?

Traditional models heat the water in the tank, then store it for use when you’re ready. Tankless heaters, on the other hand, use a gas heater or an electrical heater to warm up the cold water on demand. When you turn on the hot water faucet, the heater turns on and water passes through it, heating up very quickly. That makes the water heating process much more efficient, and makes it so the quantity of hot water you are able to use at one time is not limited by the size of your water tank.

The small size makes the units easy to place, and you can connect multiple tankless water heaters throughout your house to address you needs anywhere. They can be placed in out-of-the-way locations, usually near the faucet or appliance that they serve, and most of them require access to a gas or electrical power source to work.

In homes that don’t use a lot of hot water (41 gallons a day or less), they can save a significant amount of energy over tanked models: up to 34% according to the U.S. Department of Energy. They also don’t suffer from standby heat loss, since the water in a tankless model is not stored for any period of time. On the other hand, they cost more to install initially than tanked models, and they can’t handle the same volume of water with one unit.

That’s why it pays to discuss the prospect of installing a tankless water heater with the professionals at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling. We’re familiar with issues of sizing and fuel type, as well as any pertinent building codes which may affect Radnor, PA residents. We can determine the best option for you, then install the tankless heater with efficiency and care. Call us today to schedule any Radnor, PA tankless water heater service you need!

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