What Does the “Hybrid” Mean in Hybrid Water Heaters?

Monday, September 25th, 2017

question-mark-badgeWith the multiple options available today when it comes to new water heater installation, people can become confused about just what type of system they’re looking for. The standard storage tank water heater remains popular, but there’s competition from the energy-efficient tankless water heater.

The option we want to look at today, the hybrid water heater, is one that can cause some bewilderment among homeowners. The word “hybrid” in hybrid water heater can mean different things depending on whom you ask. We’re going to go into detail about the hybrid water heaters we offer and what makes them “hybrid.”

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Does Corrosion Mean the End of the Line for My Water Heater?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Orlando-Water -eaterCorrosion is metal’s biggest enemy, and it’s fair to say that nobody wants any appliance they own to suffer from the weakening effects of corrosion. It’s one that especially applies to water heaters, which combine metal, water, and oxygen—the perfect mixture to start the chemical reaction that leads to corrosion.

Fortunately for your water heater, it was designed with the dangers of rust and other forms of corrosion in mind. It has a number of safety designs to keep rust away: the inside of the tank is lined with glass; an overfill tank creates an air cushion for the water pressure without actually allowing oxygen into the tank; and a special device called an anode rod that runs from the top the bottom of the tank attracts corrosion to it so that it rather than the tank corrodes.

However, corrosion still can’t be prevented 100%. Your water heater may at some point start to show signs of corrosion. If this occurs, is it automatically time to replace the water heater?

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Making a Choice between Gas and Electric Water Heaters

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

tank-water-heaterYou can’t expect that your Winter Springs, FL water heater will last forever, no matter how much you would like never to have to worry about losing hot water for your showers or for cleaning dishes. (Have you ever tried to scrub out grease from pots and pans using only cold water? We don’t recommend it.) But a water heater is a device that puts in a tremendous amount of work each year, and can account for 40% of your annual heating bills. That stress means one day the water heater will either fail on you or give off enough warning signs it’s close to failing that you can have it replaced before it does.

We hope you end up in the latter situation—you won’t have to stay unshowered until the new system is put in! But no matter the reason you need to a new water heater installed, you’ll face a few important choices. One of the age-old water heater questions is “gas or electric?” Sometimes the answer is simple. Other times it’s not. But you have our professional plumbers ready to see that you have the right answer, no matter what.

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Some Important Water Heater Safety Tips

Monday, February 27th, 2017

water-heater-plumbing-toolsYou may have heard stories about water heaters that turn into rockets that blast through the roof and into the sky because they haven’t been kept in good repair. This may sound a ­bit exaggerated, but it has been known to happen on occasion. (There was even a Mythbusters episode that discovered it’s not a myth.) But there are other smaller dangers that can develop in water heaters if they don’t receive regular care and some checks now and then.

We’ve put together a few tips to make sure that your water heater stays safe all around the year—and stays in great working condition. When you need extra assistance, such as repairs and maintenance, our plumbers can take care of it.

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Are There Times When a Tank Water Heater Is the Best Choice?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

We install high quality tankless water heaters for homes, and we strongly recommend that anyone who is planning on putting in a water heater give serious consideration to a tankless system. Compared to a storage tank water heater, a tankless water heater save space, consumes less energy, and lasts longer.

But does that mean that a tankless water heater is always the best choice for a new water heater installation? Not necessarily. Every home has different needs, every household different budget plans, and these affect the type of water heater that will best serve it.

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Looking at Some Common Tankless Water Heater Troubles

Monday, November 21st, 2016

We really love tankless water heaters, especially the Navien brand tankless gas water heater. Here are a few of the reasons we recommend customers consider a tankless water heating option:

  • Takes up 80% less space than a standard 50 gallon storage tank water heater.
  • You can use your existing gas line for an easy retrofit.
  • Unlimited hot water supply—no tank to drain of hot water.
  • Tremendous energy savings: Navien water heaters can have up to a 0.99 Energy Factor, the highest in the industry.

However, no water heater—no matter how well manufactured—is invincible. Let’s look at some of the problems you may run into at some point with your tankless water heater.

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Ways to Tell It’s Time to Call for Water Heater Repairs

Monday, October 31st, 2016

The water heater in your home is one of the most important of all your appliances. No matter the temperature outside, no matter the time of year, your household relies on a steady supply of hot water for many tasks. Showering, bathing, cooking, cleaning. This is why it’s crucial to see that the water heater continues to work correctly all the time. To make sure that you schedule repairs in time, watch out for these indications—some not always obvious—that your water heater is running into problems.

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Install a New Energy-Efficient Water Heater for Your Home

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

If your house has been using the same water heater for many years, now is a good time to consider putting in a new system. Even if there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with your aging water heater, chances are strong that you’re paying more to run it than you should. Call our water heater specialists and ask about putting in a high-efficiency water heater that will lower your utility bills for many years to come.

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The Amazing Long Life of the Tankless Water Heater

Monday, September 26th, 2016

We are strong advocates of homeowners switching from the conventional type of water heater—one that stores water in a large tank and maintains a contestant temperature—to one of the newest line of gas-powered tankless water heaters. There are many reasons to make this change, such as the immense energy savings these water heaters provide, the small amount of space they take up, and the convenience they offer of unlimited water.

But the advantage we want to look at today is the extended lifespan of tankless systems.

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Some Common Misunderstandings about Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Tankless water heaters are turning into one of the most popular new appliances for homes, and each year they make gains on the standard storage tank water heater when it comes to new installations. This leap in popularity isn’t surprising, since these water heaters offer many advantages for a household. The two biggest are their energy efficiency and endless hot water supply.

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