Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Water Heater Installation: Should You Go Tankless?

Monday, October 18th, 2021

tankless-water-heater-mounted-on-green-wallYour home’s water heater is the unsung hero of your household. Think about it–you rely on it each and every day. Your entire family or household does! You need it to shower comfortably, clean clothes and dishes, and even to cook with. So when something goes wrong with your water heater, you want it fixed fast. Of course, at some point, fixes won’t work anymore and it will be time to have a new water heater installed.

At that point, you’ll have a couple of options. You can stick with the same tank water heater you’ve always had, just a newer model. Or you can get a different sized tank water heater depending on your family’s needs. A third option, and one that is growing in popularity, is investing in a tankless water heater installation. Read on to learn more!

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Signs of a Tankless Water Heater in Disrepair

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

tankless-systemIn our last blog post, we talked about the benefits of tankless systems, also known as on-demand water heaters. If you already have one in your home, then you likely know of all these benefits! But do you know how to detect when it needs repair?

A faulty water heater is never something you want to encounter. After all, the longer your tankless water heater is in disrepair, the longer you have to go without hot water or the longer you have pay for high energy bills because something is amiss with the heat exchangers of the system. We don’t want this to be the case for you! So read on as we uncover some of the leading signs that something is amiss with your tankless water heater, then give us a call if you discover any of these indicators. (more…)

Does Your Tankless Water Heater Need Repairs?

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Tankless water heaters are an excellent, energy efficient choice for many homeowners throughout the country. They are capable of handling periods when homeowners are away better than traditional storage tank water heaters, and they aren’t susceptible to heat loss and wasted water. A tankless water heater in your home can help you save a good amount of energy, which means you’ll be paying less for utilities each month.

Just like any other type of appliance or system, however, tankless water heaters do run into problems from time to time, and when they do you will need a professional on your side who has the expertise necessary to resolve the issues. Of course, it also helps to know when you may need repairs. Keep reading to learn some of the signs that this may be the case. (more…)

Does Your Tankless Water Heater Need Service?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Tankless water heaters are an excellent choice for many homes throughout the country. When you are away from your home, these systems make a lot more sense than a traditional storage tank water heater. This is particularly true if we’re talking about a vacation home.

Tankless water heaters warm your water instantly, without you having to worry about running out of hot water. They also save a good deal of energy, which means you save on your monthly bills. Like any other home appliance or device, however, tankless water heaters are not immune to problems. While it takes an expert to repair these issues, we’ve shared some signs below that indicate you should call for professional tankless water heater services. (more…)

Should You Replace Your Traditional Water Heater with a Tankless Model?

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Have you owned the same water heater for a decade or longer? If so, you probably have the popular, standard, tank model. This type of water heater is comprised of a large cylindrical tank, which keeps a constant supply of water stored at a consistent temperature. This hot water is ready for use whenever you turn on a tap in your home. Water heaters of this kind are effective and can sometimes be the best option for your home. However they are certainly not the only option.

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When to Replace Your Tankless Water Heater

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Tankless water heaters are becoming more and more popular among homeowners who are looking to save money and space in their homes. Though they are a great alternative to the traditional storage tank water heater variety, they still aren’t invincible. Regardless of how well you take care of your tankless water heater, you will have to replace it at some point. When that time comes, it’s beneficial to recognize the signs before the water heater fails completely. Let’s examine some of the more common signs that your tankless water heater needs replacing. (more…)

Will a Tankless Water Heater Really Save Money?

Monday, February 16th, 2015

When it comes to water heaters, one of the biggest questions our Sound Heating specialists get asked is, “will a tankless unit really save me money?” The answer is yes, but it takes some explaining, which we will do below. You can also access direct help with any questions you may have about installing a tankless water heater in your home by making an appointment with one of the experts from Sound Heating.

How the Costs Breakdown

The initial costs of a tankless water heater are typically more expensive than that of a storage tank water heater, but this isn’t where the savings comes in anyway. Where the savings comes in is over time, in the form of less energy usage. Storage water heaters not only use a greater amount of energy, they also lose a greater amount of energy, something known as “standby heat loss”; this type of heat loss can account for up to 30% of the energy a storage tank water heater uses. So how do you determine how a tankless water heater can save you money? First, you take into consideration that a tankless water heater will save you about $100 per year in annual energy costs. Second, you look at the lifespans of a tank water heater versus a tankless water heater: tank water heaters have an average lifespan of 8-12 years while tankless ones have a lifespan of 20. When you multiply $100 by 20 years, that’s a total savings of $2,000. Of course, these numbers represent averages, but it stands to reason that you will save money over the lifespan of your tankless water heater’s life.

Other Tankless Benefits

Money savings is just one benefit a tankless water heater can offer you. Some other benefits include:

  • Endless hot water – because tankless systems provide hot water on demand, you won’t ever have to worry about running out of hot water.
  • Gas or electric options – tankless water heaters can use either gas or electricity for power.
  • Space-saving – tankless water heaters are considerably smaller than storage tank ones, which opens up a lot of room for your home.

If you’ve been looking for a way to save on your energy costs, and a tankless water heater sounds like it may be a fit for your home in Auburn, WA, call Sound Heating today!

Are There Some Cases Where a Standard Water Heater Is Better than a Tankless Water Heater?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

You may have heard that tankless water heaters are an efficient alternative to traditional water heaters, but they may not actually be the best choice for everyone. While tankless water heaters are becoming more and more popular, traditional units, otherwise known as storage tank water heaters, are still the most widely used system in the U.S. And even though tankless water heaters save energy and emit fewer pollutants, many homeowners feel as though they benefit more from sticking with a traditional unit instead.

Both types of systems have their advantages. Tankless units are more efficient because they don’t use energy throughout the day. Storage tank water heaters keep water heated in a large tank so it is readily available for use. But this means energy is used throughout the day to heat water that is only used on occasion. A tankless water heater only activates when a hot water tap is turned on, reducing your gas or electricity usage. Also, tankless water heaters are known to last nearly twice as long as a standard water heater, so you’ll have an efficient system for years to come.

But for some homeowners, efficiency isn’t everything. For one, a tankless water heater is often more costly to install than a storage tank heater. And while an efficient tankless unit may eventually save enough energy to offset the price, it can take many years to do so. Besides, you may have to install multiple tankless units to keep up with high demands for hot water in your family.

A common complaint about tankless water heaters is that they may not be effective at heating multiple sources as once. If someone is doing laundry while someone else is showering, some units will struggle to keep up. In this case, you may need to install two or more units depending on the size of your family. And for some homeowners, this cost is not worth the savings over time.

Whether you want to stick with a storage tank water heater or switch to an efficient tankless water heater in Gig Harbor, talk to one of the experts at Sound Heating today!

Tankless vs. Storage Water Heater: Which Is Right for My Home?

Friday, September 5th, 2014

You use hot water for many of the things you need to do every day, such as showering and washing dishes. So when you need a new water heater, you want to make sure that your new system can accommodate your needs. While many homes have water heaters that use large tanks to keep a supply of hot water available, tankless water heaters are rising in popularity recently due to environmental concerns and the money-saving benefits. But is a tankless water heater right for you?

We’ll Compare Both Types of Water Heaters in This Short Guide

Storage Tank Water Heater

A storage tank water heater works under the principle that heat naturally rises. Water enters the tank through a dip tube that feeds all the way to the bottom of the tank. With gas-powered storage tank heaters, there is a gas burner at the bottom of the tank that heats water. In an electric water heater, an electric heating element accomplishes the same. Water then moves naturally from the bottom of your tank to the top as hot water rises over the denser cold water, and flows to your faucet through the pipe that sits at the top of the tank. This type of system may cost more to run as a lot of energy is lost keeping water hot at all times.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater, on the other hand, does not rely on a tank because water does not need to be heated at all times. Instead, the heating element is activated as soon as a hot water tap is turned on. Water is instantly heated before flowing to your faucet. This eliminates the standby energy loss associated with storage tank heaters. Additionally, many people appreciate the smaller size of the tankless water heater over the bulky storage tank.

So which wins for your home? This all depends on your individual needs. A tankless water heater may use less energy to heat water, but it may not be able to handle demands from multiple taps. You may need to install multiple tankless heaters to make up for this deficiency. However, the energy savings may offset this cost over time. If you want to know which type of unit is best for you, call the experts at Sound Heating and ask about installing tankless water heaters in Gig Harbor.

How Tankless Water Heaters Work

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

We use hot water for a variety of tasks around the house, but we rarely think about where it comes from. If you’re a homeowner, you may be used to seeing storage tank water heaters, which use a large tank to heat water and store it so that it is available at any time. But tankless water heaters have grown in popularity over the years thanks to their ability to heat water quickly and efficiently. So how can a unit heat water instantly without the use of a tank?

A tankless water heater is a “green” alternative to storage tanks that can help you save money over the years and may last longer than conventional units. Curious about how they work? In order to understand tankless water heaters, let’s a take a look at how standard units heat and store hot water.

Storage tank water heaters store water in a large tank to use whenever it is needed. First, cold water enters through a tube that leads to the bottom of the tank. Then a heating mechanism—either a gas-powered burner or an electric-powered heating element—heats the water, which rises to the top of the tank since hot water naturally rises above the denser, colder water. A tube sits at the top of the tank to supply hot water to the home, and cold water continues to cycle in as a replacement.

The problem with storage tank water heaters is the standby energy loss associated with continuously heating standing water. With a tankless heater, water is heated instantly to eliminate this loss. Tankless water heaters simply work through the use of a heat exchange system. Electric coils or gas activate to generate heat as soon as a hot water tap is turned on in the house so that hot water can immediately reach the faucet. Tankless water heaters may not be able to handle multiple jobs at once, so some homes may have several tankless water heaters, each mounted near the tap that activates it.

Want to know if this system is right for your home? Call Sound Heating for more information about tankless water heaters in Gig Harbor!