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Pros and Cons: Tankless Water Heaters

Pros and Cons: Tankless Water HeatersThe disadvantages of a traditional water heater such as the constant heating of your water supply even when you’re asleep or at work make it worthwhile to look for an alternative. A tankless water heater warms up your water only as it’s needed. But that doesn’t imply it will be perfect for your household. First, take the time to learn its pros and cons.

Pros of Using Tankless Water Heaters

  • Efficiency – These units are more energy-efficient than regular tank heaters because they don’t produce standby energy losses.
  • Longer Lifespan – Regular tank water heaters have a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years whereas most tankless ones last for more than 20 years with little maintenance. If you’re planning to stay in your current home for long, you’ll save on replacement costs.
  • Reliable Performance – Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand at a rate of two to five gallons per minute. They can deliver water indefinitely. With a storage tank heater, you can experience the inconvenience of running out of hot water and having to wait for the tank to refill.
  • Compact Size – Tankless water heaters have a compact design that saves space.
  • Clean Water – With a tankless water heater, you avoid the hazard of using water that has been exposed to the rust and scale that can accumulate in a storage tank.

Cons of Using Tankless Water Heaters

  • High Initial Costs – A tankless heater can cost up to thrice as much as a tank heater and usually requires a specialist to install it.
  • Complicated Retrofit – A gas-fired model requires a special ventilation system. You’ll have to hire a professional to handle the task. An electric model may require your electrical system to be upgraded, meaning you’ll have to hire an electrician.

With this basic information, you can now decide whether a tankless water heater is a great investment. If you’re still unsure if this water heater is right for you, please contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, and we’ll be happy to help. We serve the San Diego area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Bundling Up Your Water Heater During Winter Cold Spells

Bundling Up Your Water Heater During Winter Cold SpellsMost homeowners think about their water heaters when they develop problems. Obviously, that’s too late because you’ll not only have to spend money on repairs but also put up with cold showers. Prepare your water heater for the cold season by taking the following steps.

  • Turn off the water valve — Start by shutting off the water valve then the gas valve of a gas water heater. Unplug an electric water heater from its power outlet.
  • Drain the tank — Connect an ordinary garden hose to the heater’s drain then open the drain valve. Direct the water to a nearby floor drain or bucket. After emptying the tank, open all faucets and sillcocks outside.
  • Make an adaptor — A compressor that’s set to 40 pounds per square inch (psi) will help prevent your pipes from bursting due to air pressure. You’ll need to make an adaptor to connect the outdoor sillcock to the compressor. Begin by adding Teflon tape to the threads of a standard sillcock then adding a three-quarter inch hose and one-half to three-eighths inch coupler. Secure the connections with a wrench and slip-joint pliers.
  • Connect the adaptor — Wrap Teflon tape onto the threads of a compressor hose before attaching the adaptor. Tighten the connection with a wrench. Attach the hose to your compressor. Bridge the outdoor sillcock to the adaptor with a washing machine hose.
  • Pressurize your water system — With the valves inside your house closed and the outside ones open, turn on your compressor. Air will occupy the cold water line, move up the tank, and push out all the water.
  • Check your faucets — Open the outdoor sillcock that’s farthest from the compressor. If only air comes out, close the valve and check your indoor faucets one at a time. Open them up until only air comes out then close them tightly.

Protecting your water heater during the winter is an excellent way of extending the lifespan of its components. For more information on how to take care of your water heater, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve the San Diego area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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