Is your water heater leaking or in need of repair? Or is it time for a new water heater? If your water heater is leaking, be sure to turn off your water main. From gas to electric to tankless water heaters, we repair them all. We’ll also present the options and help you decide what type of water heater is right for your home and your family.

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Tankless water heaters

If you run out of hot water before you have finished showering, or if family members or appliances in your household go through lots of hot water, it’s time to consider a tankless water heater. Even if your goal is to conserve as much water and energy as possible, a tankless heater may be the best solution for you and your family too.

What they are, how they work

Tankless water heaters are small units mounted on either a wall or a stand. Like standard hot-water tanks, they connect to water lines that lead to faucets or appliances and to a flue pipe that vents to the outdoors. And like standard tanks, tankless heaters can be powered by electricity or by gas. Tankless unit can use the same gas line that runs to your existing water heater.

Tankless water heater systems differ from the standard systems in several ways. Tankless systems don’t use those tall, bulky tanks that take up space in a basement or utility closet. They don’t store 40 to 50 gallons of hot water, just to wait around the clock for you to turn on a hot-water tap. And they are much more energy efficient, so they don’t lose 30 percent or more of their energy up the flue pipe.

Because tankless systems heat water at time of use, they are also called on-demand heaters. They work like this: When you turn on a hot-water tap, cold water runs through a pipe into the tankless heater. The water is heated at that time, and hot water flows out of the heater, through your faucet or showerhead or into your dishwasher or other appliance. For as long as you need or want hot water, the tankless heater will keep on producing it for you.

Benefits they offer

Tankless water heaters have other benefits beyond convenience. They last 15 to 20 years, compared to standard tanks, which have an average life of nine years. They are designed with components, so if a part gives out, only that part is replaced, not the whole unit. And they have less chance of leaking, because their smaller water lines withstand pressure better than big tanks that are under heavier and more constant water pressure.

When considering a tankless system, be aware that they really aren’t “instant” water heaters. Water will take the same amount of time to travel from the heater to your faucet as it will take to travel from a standard hot-water tank. If you’re expecting “instant” hot water, ask us about installing a hot-water re-circulator. Also consider whether you like a lot of hot water at high pressures or if you tend to use the shower and run the dishwasher at the same time. In these cases, larger tankless heaters or additional heaters can be installed to meet those demands.

What you can expect in costs

LBA makes it easy to upgrade from a standard hot-water tank to a tankless system. Where other contractors will do extensive work in your home to relocate the tank and water lines and get them closer to bathrooms or kitchens, LBA installs your new tankless water heater in a location where your water lines and electric or gas lines already exist – an installation approach that saves you time and money.

The initial cost of installing a tankless water heater system is greater than the cost of installing a tank, but you enjoy the payback from years of lower operating costs. Because tankless systems last roughly twice as long as tanks, the cost of installing one tankless system is comparable to the cost of installing two tanks over time. Operating costs are cut in half: gas-powered tankless systems cost about $200 a year to operate, compared to $400 a year for standard tanks.

Tankless water heaters are easy to maintain. If your home has soft water, you don’t need to worry about maintenance. If your home has hard water, the system should be de-scaled yearly to prevent minerals from plugging up the system.

To enjoy hot water continuously and on demand, and to save energy and money as you run your water heater, talk to LBA to find out more about installing a tankless water heater in your home.