Is it time to replace your water heater? If so, you may want to consider switching to a tankless heater – they offer significant energy savings as well as easy maintenance. However, it’s also important to understand that tankless water heaters don’t work in every home, so if you’re considering a switch, you may want to consult the Best Plumbing team first. Here are a few factors that may guide your decision.
Regardless of whether you choose a gas-fired or electric tankless water heater, you’ll likely save on energy costs. Tankless heaters are compact, so they’re great for small spaces. Plus, they last longer and typically have longer warranties (often around 15 years, as compared to six for a traditional water heater). And if you’re trying to go green, you should also know that tankless water heaters are better for the environment because you won’t have to dispose of a rusty tank later on.
The biggest deterrent for tankless water heaters is the price. Not only are the heaters themselves considerably more expensive than traditional tank versions, but they may also require additional expense to install. If you choose an electric tankless water heater, you may need to hire an electrician to ensure that your home’s electrical system is updated. If you choose a gas-fired tankless water heater, you’ll need to make sure that it is vented. Either way, you will likely need a professional to help install your new tankless water heater.
Not sure if a tankless water heater is right for your Seattle home? Contact Best Plumbing! We can help evaluate your current water heater situation and determine whether you could benefit from a tankless heater (and if so, which kind!). If you already know that you want to make the switch, we can also help you install a new tankless water heater in your home. We proudly serve the greater Seattle area.
You need a new boiler. While researching the topic you may have found some discussions about combi boilers. What are they? How are they different from standard boilers? Do you need one? Here’s a quick breakdown of this newer option.
A combi boiler replaces your traditional boiler and hot water heater, allow you to heat your home and enjoy hot water with a single unit. This technology has been popular in homes throughout Europe and the United Kingdom for decades, thanks to its space-saving and efficient performance. Since boilers and water heater tanks only require replacement every twenty or years or so, many U.S. homeowners opt to stick with their traditional setup instead of trying something new. This has slowed the introduction of combi boilers to the U.S. market. However, newer models with improved heating efficiency are making combi boilers a very popular option now.
With combi boilers, your hot water system and your heating system do not share the same water but are heated at the same location. Separate pipes enter the boiler and pass by the burner to be heated, after which they leave the boiler chamber and travels to your taps or baseboard heaters. A heat exchanger is positioned between the central heat and the hot water pipes inside the boiler and stores unused energy. When the thermostat calls for the pumps to start circulating hot water to your baseboards, leftover heat from the hot water side can be used to heat the rest of the home. You can use a combi boiler with gas, oil, or propane as the fuel source.
There are a number of quality combi boiler manufacturers on the market. Here are a few with Energy Star certifications:
If you want to learn about more options to heat your Seattle area home, contact the experts at Best Plumbing. We will work with you to find the best system for your space, your water needs, and your budget. We have been the trusted plumbers for the greater Puget Sound area since 1968!
Is your water heater leaky, unreliable, or just not functional? If so, it could be time for a change. The Best Plumbing team is available to help Seattle area homeowners with water heater repair and replacement. We can inspect your water heater, evaluate the problem, and propose a solution that meets your needs.
Not sure whether your water heater needs a quick fix, or a complete replacement? Many water heater issues can be repaired, especially if your heater is less than 10-12 years old. If your water heater has been well maintained over its life, it probably doesn’t need to be replaced unless there is a serious issue. A professional plumber should be able examine your situation and tell you if your home needs a new water heater.
Another reason to replace your water heater is for greater energy efficiency. If you currently have an older water heater, a newer and more efficient model could help you save on energy costs.
There are several things to consider when choosing a new water heater. Here are a few important factors that may affect your choice:
If you’re not sure where to start, you can always check your existing water heater stats and look for a similar model. Best Plumbing can also provide suggestions about what type of water heater may best suit your home and needs.
If you think your water heater might be on its last legs, give us a call! Best Plumbing is proud to serve homeowners in the Seattle and Bellevue areas. We’ll be able to identify the problem and recommend either repair or replacement, depending on the situation.