Mallick Plumbing & Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Tankless Water Heaters’

How a Tankless Water Heater May Malfunction

Monday, May 7th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterWe often recommend the installation of a tankless water heater to our customers who are looking to have a new water heater system put in, either as the first water heater for a house or as a replacement for an aging tank water heater. There are numerous advantages to using a tankless water heater, such as lower energy bills, longer equipment life, and an unlimited hot water supply.

Another advantage of tankless water heaters is that they encounter fewer repairs on average than storage tank water heaters. This is because they don’t deal with the stress of water stored in a tank and the continual need to use energy to keep the water heated. A tankless water heater simply does less work, and that means it doesn’t wear down as fast.

But … tankless water heaters may still encounter repair needs that will require calling on a professional plumber.

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Proper Sizing for the Best Water Heater

Monday, April 9th, 2018

tank-water-heaterHere’s a question consumers often ask when it comes to purchasing a new residential water heater: how large a system is necessary? People want to be sure they have a water heater that will regularly meet their daily requirements, but they don’t want to spend more than necessary on a water heater that’s too large and may end up wasting energy.

It’s a balancing act to find the ideal size water heater for your specific circumstances. The easiest way to do it is to let the professionals handle the job. You must have professionals to install the system—it’s way too large and complex a task for either amateurs or as DIY project—so it’s best to have them with you from the start to select the type of size of water heater that’s ideal for you.

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A Tankless Water Heater Also Needs Occasional Repairs

Monday, January 1st, 2018

tankless-water-heaterThe tankless water heater is a fantastic invention. Although the first tankless systems for heating water were invented more than a hundred years ago, the innovations that allowed them to become cost-effective for homes is a recent development. But those innovations have made a tremendous difference. A tankless water heater uses much less energy than a standard storage tank water heater, it won’t run out of hot water, takes up less space, has a longer service life, and runs into few repairs.

Of course, a tankless water heater isn’t magic. Even with the best regular maintenance service for one, it can still run into malfunctions and even a full system breakdown. Let’s take a look at ways a tankless system might run into troubles requiring the help of professionals to fix.

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A Tankless Water Heater Also Needs Occasional Repairs

Monday, December 18th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterThe tankless water heater is an excellent option for modern homes: they can keep up with the demand of the majority of households (provided they’re sized correctly), cut down on energy bills, and won’t run out of hot water the way standard storage tank water heaters do. We are proud to offer top quality installations of tankless water heaters in Bethesda, MD and throughout our wide service area.

A special advantage of tankless water heaters is that they require fewer repairs over their lifetime on average than storage tank water heaters. That doesn’t mean no repairs, however! Any type of water heater can encounter problems that require the assistance of professionals to fix. We’ll take a look at some potential water heater malfunctions below.

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Can a Tankless Water Heater Keep Up with My Household?

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterWe love tankless water heaters! We think they are a great option for homes looking to replace an aging storage tank water heater with something that will help cut down on their heating bills, save space, and provide an unlimited supply of hot water. When you consider that the water heater accounts for the largest portion of heating power in your home, going with a system that significantly cuts down on energy consumption can mean a large reduction in monthly utility bills. A tankless water heater installation may cost more than a storage tank water heater, but it will pay for itself in a few years.

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Corrosion and Your Water Heater: What You Need to Know

Monday, July 31st, 2017

water-heater-repairThe word corrosion is derived from the Latin word “to gnaw.” And that’s a pretty good description of what corrosion does to metal: it gnaws it away. Corrosion starts when water is in contact with metal in the presence of oxygen, and it’s one of the main enemies of parts of your plumbing system. Even corrosion-resistant copper pipes can suffer from specific types of corrosion.

But we’re here to talk about your water heater, a vital appliance in your home necessary for day-to-day living. Because a storage tank water heater has water in contact with metal, it sounds like a prime candidate for corrosion. Let’s take a look at how corrosion does and doesn’t affect your home’s water heater.

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Repairs Your Tank Water Heater May Need

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

water-heater-repairThe water heater is an appliance you rely on daily, no matter the season. In fact, a water heater can account for 40% of all a home’s heating bills during the year. That’s means a great deal of work pressure placed on a single appliance.

Even though water heaters today are built to last for many years, the stress can cause systems to need repairs from time to time. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the more common repairs you may need for your water heater. Only rely on professional service for these jobs—especially if you have a natural gas-powered water heater. Our technicians are ready to help you with any water heater service you may require.

Note: All the repairs below are for storage tank water heaters, which are the most common type found in homes. We also repair and install tankless water heaters and heat pump water heaters. If you’re interested in having one of these installed, or you have one needing repairs, contact us to learn more.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Monday, February 27th, 2017

tank-water-heaterWater heaters perform a tremendous amount of work throughout the year. According to the Department of Energy, 18% of most home’s energy costs go to running the water heater. (A decade ago it was 25%, which shows how much water heater technology is improving at efficiency.) This stress on a water heater will eventually wear it down past the point of no return, where repairs can only patch the system up for a brief time and aren’t cost-effective. The better option is to replace the entire water heater.

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Times When a Tank Water Heater Is a Good Installation Choice

Monday, January 9th, 2017

We’re proud to offer a number of excellent alternate options when it comes to water heaters. The standard for most homes is a storage tank water heater, but now there’s the choice of a tankless water heater or a heat pump water heater. Both offer many benefits, such as cutting down on energy use and enjoying longer service lives.

In fact, when you look over all the benefits of these types of water heater, it might seem like there’s no reason to go with the conventional storage tank model. However… this isn’t exactly the truth.

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Is a Heat Pump Water Heater Enough for Winter?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

We often recommend that our customers look into different options when it comes to a new water heater. The standard gas-powered or electric storage tank water heater isn’t the only choice any more. Tankless water heaters offer advantages like unlimited hot water and high energy efficiency. And for homes that use electricity, going with a heat pump water heater is a money-saving alternative to the conventional electric water heater.

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