Traditional water heaters are large and store a great deal of water at any time, with a common standard being fifty gallon tank options. While these water heaters are not a bad option for many homes and businesses in Bonney Lake, and having a large tank can have its advantages in some scenarios, it can take a long time for them to heat up water if they run out, and they can be wasteful of energy if the water they heat up isn’t used.
Thankfully, there’s a second option nowadays that may be a better fit for many homeowners and business owners in Pierce County: tankless water heaters. These electric or natural gas powered heaters are typically very fast at heating up water, and only heat it when you turn on your bath, shower, dishwasher or sink meaning that less energy is used. They are also typically smaller and take up much less space in your home, meaning that they are a great option for smaller spaces and homes that are short on square footage.
This means that tankless water heaters may be the superior option for you, but we at Pristine Plumbing would be happy to recommend the best choice and brand for your home and install it for you, whether you need us to buy and bring the heater or if you are considering purchasing one now and having it installed later.
If you live in a smaller area, installing a tankless water heater is more ideal for you. Since it doesn’t have a large tank like the traditional ones, you’ll never have to worry about finding a place where you can store the tank. You can just have it installed in the bathroom so your warm water is easily available when taking a bath or washing.
Electric Tankless Water Heater Bonney Lake
If you have a water heater that is working fine or only needs some minor repairs or adjustments, you may not need to upgrade to a tankless water heater right now. We can help with maintenance and repair for your existing water heater whether it’s electric, or natural gas powered.
That said, if you have a water heater that has failed completely and are considering purchasing a brand new one, we believe that for many homeowners a tankless option will be superior to more traditional options. Not only are they generally more efficient and save space compared to large water heaters with tanks, but also can be safer due to there being no risk of the tank rupturing or leaking.
One common issue with tankless water heaters is mineral build up on the pipes. Since the water that flows through the pipes attached to the heater is full of minerals like calcium, it can build up and get stuck over time. Worse, these deposits may actually cause the pipe to corrode.
Another issue that is common with such heaters is ignition failure. This is when the water heater doesn’t produce enough heat to warm the water. Usually, this is caused by low gas supply. If you feel like you are having issues with your gas line, Pristine Plumbing can also help you check up on that. We offer gas line repair as well as gas leak detection, if in any case a broken or malfunctioning pipe is the main cause why your water heater isn’t performing the way it should. Since our team of experts in plumbing are highly capable of doing a number of plumbing repairs, you’ll be able to save time and effort finding multiple services just to maintain your heaters as well as gas lines.
Overloading is also one of the main problems you might encounter when using a tankless water heater. Since it is relatively smaller than the old-school style, it cannot contain such a big amount of water at a given time. If you have multiple people using water from the heater within a short period of time, chances are it may overload the system. You may then find that some people are able to get heated water from the faucet while others can’t. When this happens, you can consult your plumber to get clearer instructions on how to use your heater within its capacity. They may also recommend that you upgrade to a bigger tankless water heater or install more than one at home.
Tankless Gas Water Heater Bonney Lake
Obviously if a 50 gallon tank is damaged and leaks into your floor, that’s a significant amount of water flowing into your garage or wherever the heater is set up which at minimum can cause a lot of water damage, and at worst can cause significant injury if someone happens to be in the garage and near the water heater when hot water spills out suddenly. Finally, water heaters need to be mounted properly to the wall or otherwise for safety in the event of an earthquake.
Item 507.2 in the Seattle Plumbing Code states that water heaters must be properly strapped and secured, to resist horizontal displacement in case an earthquake occurs If this has been done correctly there should be nothing to worry about whether the heater has a tank or is the tankless style, but it’s safe to say that in the event that a 50 gallon tank water heater is installed improperly or damaged in an earthquake or knocked over that will be more likely to cause damage in your home than a small, tankless one. This is a service we always provide to ensure that your water heater, no matter which style, is properly mounted and secured, and we recommend checking if you aren’t sure if your current heater was installed properly.
Call us today for answers to your water heater questions, and to schedule your tankless water heater installation if you’d like to upgrade! We also provide other services such as:
- Trenchless sewer repair
- Furnace replacement
- Boiler replacement
- Indoor water leak detection
- Water filtration installation
If you find yourself stuck in a plumbing situation, just remember that Pristine Plumbing is here for you!