Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Tankless Water Heater’

Want Your Water Heater to Last Longer? Follow This Advice

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Of course, you want your home’s water heater to last longer. It’s the best way to get a high return on your original investment in it. Paying for replacement earlier than you should is a big budget drain.

But you do have to meet your water heater halfway on this. It can’t magically live its longest life without any assistance. Below are the best ways you can ensure your current water heater (or maybe your next one) reaches or exceeds its manufacturer’s estimated service life.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater the Best of All Possible Water Heaters?

Monday, May 20th, 2019

tankless-water-heaterHomes in Orange County rarely need to worry about their heating systems. The weather is warm most of the year, with only an occasional cool stretch in the winter and scattered days of rain.

But there’s one heating system that does plenty of work and does it almost every day of the year: the household water heater.

The water heater accounts for a large amount of household energy use per year, and it’s an essential item for a home’s plumbing. This is why we urge people to make upgrades from older water heaters to newer ones (especially if the current water heater is more than twenty years old). A newer water heater can make significant changes in energy savings.

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How Tankless Water Heaters Work

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

When most people hear the words “water heater,” they typically think of the big, cylindrical appliance that resides in basements or closets. These days, though, homeowners have the option of installing a tankless water heater. It may seem a little wacky that you can have hot water from a device that doesn’t hold any heated water, but the process is actually fairly simple when explained. However, the installation of a tankless water heater in your home can be complex and should be left to a trained expert. This is where Saddleback Plumbing comes in. The experts at Saddleback Plumbing have been helping customers install, repair and replace hot water heaters in the Orange County area since 1981, and they bring this experience to every job they do. Have a water heater issue? Call us today!

Direct Heating

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, can provide almost instantaneous heating because they heat the water directly when it is needed. There are two ways in which a tankless water heater is fueled: electricity or natural gas. Both fuel types use a key component to heat the water immediately: a heat exchanger. The way a tankless system works is that the hot water process is triggered when you open a hot water tap. Two things happen simultaneously: first, the heat exchanger is heater, either by gas or electricity, and second, the cold water intake opens and the water starts to flow to the heat exchanger. Once in the exchanger, the cold water absorbs the heat from the heat exchanger, becomes hot, and flows into your home as needed.

Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

There are several benefits to installing a tankless water heater that makes them worth considering for your home:

  • Energy efficiency – there is no standby heat loss with a tankless system; standby heat loss can account for up to 25% of a storage tank water heater’s energy use, which can be significant.
  • Endless hot water – with a tankless system, you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water.
  • Longer lifespan – tank water heaters have an average lifespan of 8-12 years while a tankless water heater has an average lifespan of 12-15 years.

Interested in what a tankless water heater can do for you? Call the experts at Saddleback Plumbing today!

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