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San Antonio, TX, has extremely hot, prolonged, and humid summers with cool winters. No one wants their tankless water heaters to leave them shivering in the shower, but like all appliances, these water heaters must work every day and at any time.
If your tankless water heater stops working who do you call for a rapid repair? You need to look no further than bluefrog Plumbing and Drain of San Antonio. We have been serving the city for many years and have an unmatched reputation for customer service and provide the highest quality plumbing and tankless water heaters repairs, installations, and many other services.
Is your shower is not producing enough hot water? Is the tankless water heater struggling when there are too many appliances running at the same time? If so, you may need a new water heater, but with so many options on the market how do you choose which one is best for your home? Do not worry the water heater experts at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain are on hand to help you. Our expert technicians will help you select the best unit for your needs and budget.
Which Is Best? Conventional or Tankless Water Heaters?
A conventional water heater has a single storage tank of hot water, usually containing between 20 to 80 gallons. The water is stored and kept warm through constant heating. Then when you need hot water, the heater supplies it to the shower, faucet, or other appliances where it is needed. There is usually a large volume of hot water on demand. As the hot water flows out from the top of the tank it is replaced by cold water at the bottom. If there is too much demand for hot water, it will result in cold water being supplied to one or all appliances using the conventional water heater.
There are several reasons why you may want to consider installing a conventional water heater; these include: lower upfront costs, easy installation, and they are more reliable. However, because of the need for constant heating when not in use, these systems can be wasteful of energy especially if the tank is not heavily insulated. They also leave a much bigger carbon footprint than their energy-efficient counterpart, tankless water heaters.
As the name suggests tankless water heaters work by heating the water directly without the use of a storage tank. Hot water flows into the unit when hot water is needed. Water flows through a coil system to heat the water on demand. The rate of hot water flow from a tankless water heater is determined by the size of the heater, normally delivering hot water at a rate of 2–5 gallons per minute.
These types of units have many advantages you might want to consider. They take up less space, are more energy-efficient, and have a longer life expectancy. A well-maintained tankless water heater can often remain functional for up to 20 years.
A modern tankless water heater will require fewer service maintenance appointments over time. However, a larger family that has higher hot water demands may need an additional tankless water heater to cope with the greater demand for hot water.
Homes that use a lot of hot water may find that a conventional water heater is more energy-efficient. For homes that use less hot water, a tankless water heater may be best. One of bluefrog’s highly trained technicians can help you decide which system is best for you.
Choosing Which Types of Tankless Water Heaters are Best for Your Home
Non-Condensing Tankless Water Heaters – After the water is heated the hot exhaust gases are vented outside the home, this keeps the unit cool. As these exhaust gases are extremely hot, usually at 300 degrees or more, precious metals are utilized to ensure the appliance does not overheat which makes this type of unit more costly to install.
Condensing Tankless Water Heaters – Instead of venting the hot exhaust gases outside a heat exchanger in the unit uses this heat to provide additional heat to the water. This makes the unit more energy-efficient than the non-condensing type. As the exhaust gas is cooler, there is no need for expensive aluminum air vents, so plastic ones are used instead, making the unit cheaper to install.
Condensing Hybrid Tankless Water Heater – This kind of water heater contains a small holding tank with hot water. Unlike the condensing and non-condensing units, there is a supply of hot water available immediately. If you use lots of hot water in small amounts, for example, when you wash your hands, this unit will be more energy efficient for your needs.
What Size of Heater Do You Need? – it is essential to select the right size of heater for your needs. If your heater is too small, it may shut down because it cannot cope with too many water appliances been used at the same time. Constantly overloading any water heater may cause it to break down, resulting in the need for an expensive repair or replacement.
Regular Maintenance Will Increase the Lifespan of Your Unit – Even a new tankless water heater will break down if not looked after carefully. We at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio recommend the regular care of your water heater.
The manufacturer’s warranty may be invalid without a regular maintenance schedule. Repair bills for water heater servicing are expensive. Routine maintenance keeps the hot water flowing and a chunk of money safe in your bank account. Regular service from one of bluefrog’s experienced technicians will ensure your unit is not only working safely but will also increase the lifespan and efficiency of the unit.
Why Choose bluefrog Plumbing + Drain?
We at bluefrog have been fixing plumbing problems in San Antonio, TX for many years. People trust us, they can be certain that we can respond to any emergency plumbing as swiftly and efficiently as humanly possible. We at bluefrog are proud to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
We provide not only the best customer service but also the highest quality work. In these uncertain times, we want you to be 100% satisfied and feel 100% safe with our experts with any and all repairs in your home or office.
All our highly trained professionals are required to pass comprehensive background checks and alcohol and drug tests before we employ them, and they will always all wear masks and use hand sanitizer before entering, during, and when exiting your home.
bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio is only a phone call away, should you need us for any plumbing emergency.