Water Heaters are what Advocate Master Plumbing in Blue Springs specialize in. There are lots of choices today when it comes to water heaters. Traditional water heaters come in a variety of sizes and brands. Tankless water heaters are a more recent option many homeowners are considering. Both have advantages and disadvantages. At Advocate Master Plumbing, we can repair and install all brands of water heaters – tank and tankless. We can give you the information you need to make the most informed choice. Just give us a call and we will be happy to help you decide which style is best for you.
Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters
Both have advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few that may help make your decision easier. Tank style water heaters are more affordable in general, however, tankless water heaters use much less energy (because they heat water on demand rather than having to keep it heated 24-7) so they will continue to save you on energy costs.
Probably the biggest advantage to a tankless water heater is that they provide endless hot water. There is no tank full of water that runs out. Plus, tankless water heaters take up less space (they are about the size of a small suitcase) and they are attached to a wall. They also don’t pose a leaking risk like tank style water heaters because there is no large tank full of water to leak.
Traditional Gas and Electric Water Heater Repair and Installation
Traditional tank-style water heaters are generally very dependable. They are available in gas or electric models. Though slightly different, they both work similarly. This tank style holds the water, and the most common sizes are 40 gallon and 50 gallon water heaters. Water enters the tank through a dip tube at the top. A heating mechanism heats the water. In electric water heaters, this is a heating element at the top and bottom of the tank. In gas water heaters a burner and chimney system is used. Since hot water rises, a heat-out pipe at the top of the tank allows the hot water to exit. A sacrificial anode rod (a steel core covered by magnesium or aluminum) helps slow down corrosion.
Regular Maintenance Extends the Life of Your Water Heater
Many homeowners don’t realize that water heaters require annual maintenance. As water is pumped into the tank, dirt, sediment and minerals settle on the bottom. This sediment can build up and insulate the heating element reducing its capacity to heat the water. This loss of efficiency can cost you more in water heating bills. If the sediment is left to build up, it not only makes your water heater work harder but allows your tank to rust faster as well. Having your water heater flushed will make it run more efficiently and have a longer lifespan. Traditional water heaters also have an anode rod that sacrifices itself by corroding in order for the tank to remain free of corrosion. Replacing this rod every couple of years will also extend the life of your water heater. We also check to make sure there are no leaks and that the thermostat, heating mechanism, shut off valve and other parts are working properly. Not only will this make your water heater last longer, but it will save you money on energy bills because your water heater will run more efficiently all year. Here’s a safety tip. Set your water temperature between 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This will provide sufficiently hot water without the danger of scalding. As an added bonus, setting your water heater to a lower temperature will also save energy reducing utility bills.
Endless Hot Water in Blue Springs – Install a Tankless Water Heater
Advocate can also install a tankless water heater in your home. Tankless water heaters are becoming more popular. The main difference between a tankless and a tank-style heater is that rather than heating water and storing it, a tankless water heater heats water on demand. When you turn on the faucet, it heats the water running through it and delivers it to the tap. There are several major advantages of tankless water heaters:
- Endless Hot Water – One of the main advantages of a tankless water heater is that you will never run out of hot water. Once you turn on your hot water, it will not run out until you turn it off!
- Less Floor Space Needed – Tankless water heaters are also much smaller (about the size of a carry on suitcase) and take up less floor space because they are mounted to a wall.
- Energy Efficient – This style of water heater is also more energy efficient since it doesn’t have to keep water hot 24 hours a day, seven days a week whether you are there to use it or not. You will pay less in energy bills.
If you are interested in installing a tankless water heater, give Advocate Master Plumbing a call and we’ll explain all the advantages and disadvantages of both types of water heaters so you can make the most informed decision. Advocate Master Plumbing is here to help! Give us a call at 816-888-0599 for all of your plumbing needs.