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Pros and Cons: Tankless Water Heaters

The 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…

Bundling Up Your Water Heater During Winter Cold Spells

Most 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 —…

Water Heater Sizing: Does Your Home Need Multiple?

When the time comes to replace a water heater or look at water heater placement in new construction or renovations, it’s worth asking the question: “Should we install more than one?” With new construction, you have more choice about where you place your water heaters. When you’re just replacing your existing model or working with your old floor plan on renovations, your options may be more limited, especially when you’re considering traditional “storage” model water heaters. Storage models are the…

Want Lower Utility Bills? Turn Down Your Water Heater Temperature

One of the best ways to give yourself a raise is to lower your energy use. Chances are, even if you’re already super thrifty about saving power, there are at least a dozen more things you can do around the home to trim utility bills. One of the most overlooked is to turn down the water heater temperature. How Hot Does the Water Heater Need to Be? Have you ever checked the temperature of your water heater? Manufacturers frequently set…

What Does Discolored Hot Water Indicate?

Seeing discolored hot water coming from one of your home’s faucets can be distressing. However, you don’t need to assume that it means your water heater is on its way out: there are several different reasons that you may be getting discoloration in your hot water. Discolored water can occur as the result of a temporary disturbance in the public water supply. If this is the case, you’ll see the discoloration whether you have the hot or cold water on.…

Is it Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

It’s always a disappointment when you can’t get hot water from your taps, but if your water heater is failing, it might not be so obvious – presenting problems such as higher energy use, leaks in the heater itself, or a metallic taste to your hot water, instead. Whether to repair or replace your heater can be a hard decision, but here are some ways to decide if a new water heater is what you need: What’s the age of…

Efficient Spring Energy-Saving Tips for Your Vista Home

While spring cleaning this year, take advantage of some energy-saving tips that can reduce your energy costs and improve your home’s energy efficiency. Evaluate the Air Conditioner With warmer weather quickly approaching, now is the ideal time to evaluate your air conditioner. If your A/C is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace the unit with a more efficient model. Replacing an inefficient system can result in energy savings of as much as 20 percent. Use…

Here’s a Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vista Home

As you’re making your spring-cleaning checklist, remember that all home systems are connected. As such, a spring maintenance checklist that combines cleaning, minor repairs and pro maintenance is much more productive in the long-run, so make sure to add these projects to your new list: Indoor Air Quality Wash all bedding and drapes to get rid of dust and dust mites, and store away winter clothes in vacuum bags. Then, clean all rugs and scrub wood floors. Be vigilant of indoor humidity during the cooling…

Have a Pro Properly Relight Your Gas Water Heater

Most homeowners tend to ignore their gas water heaters until there’s an obvious problem. However, water heaters require periodical maintenance to increase its lifespan of operation, as well as to save energy and maintain efficiency. Generally, your water heater is faulty if you notice: Your water heater fails to heat water Your water heater isn’t able to heat enough water Your pilot light fails to stay lit Before attempting to relight a gas water heater, read the manufacturer’s manual or look for a label attached to…

What Are the Advantages of an Electric Water Heater?

An electric water heater is quite different from its fuel-fired counterparts. Gas water heaters have one gas burner to heat water. An electric water heater uses two heating elements, one in the top and one in the bottom of the unit. This gives an electric unit distinct advantages over a gas water heater. Advantages of an Electric Water Heater An electric water heater is more efficient than a fuel-fired unit, which means it can be cheaper to use. But there…