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Water Heaters

Improving The Comfort Of Your Chino, CA Home

When taken regularly, cold showers help relieve pain, improve circulation, lower stress levels, reduce inflammation, and reduce muscle soreness. But let's face it — who wants to wake up in the morning and hop into an icy cold shower? If that's you, great! But for the rest of us — let's take a moment to pay homage to our water heaters.

Besides providing warm water for comfortable bathing, water heaters help you wash clothes and dishes more efficiently and are, frankly, a modern convenience that most of us are unwilling to sacrifice. There are two main types of water heaters: storage tank and tankless. Water heaters can be powered either by electricity or gas. The pros at JIG Plumbing can help you determine the best one for your home.

Tankless Water Heater Installation
How do tankless water heaters differ from traditional tank-based ones?

Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, providing hot water instantaneously, while traditional tank-based heaters store and constantly heat a reservoir of water. Tankless heaters are typically more energy-efficient, saving space and reducing standby heat loss. However, they may have higher upfront costs and limited flow rates. Traditional tank heaters are cheaper initially but consume more energy and space. Tankless models offer unlimited hot water, while tanks can run out temporarily during heavy use.

What are the pros and cons of gas versus electric water heaters?

Gas water heaters offer faster heating and lower operational costs compared to electric ones. They are reliable during power outages but require ventilation and may have higher upfront installation costs. Electric heaters are easier to install, have lower initial costs, and are safer in terms of gas-related risks. However, they often have higher operational expenses, especially in regions with expensive electricity rates, and may struggle during power outages without a backup power source.

Are there any safety measures I should take to prevent water heater-related accidents, such as leaks or overheating?

To prevent water heater-related accidents, regularly inspect for leaks, corrosion, or unusual sounds. Install a drain pan underneath the heater to catch leaks and ensure proper drainage. Set the thermostat to a safe temperature (usually around 120°F) to prevent scalding and reduce the risk of overheating. Install a temperature and pressure relief valve to release excess pressure. Consider installing a water leak detection system that alerts you to leaks promptly. Schedule annual maintenance and promptly address any issues.

What Are The Advantages Of Storage Tank Water Heaters?

Storage tank water heaters are appliances with large tanks used to store water. Cold water enters through the bottom of the tank and is heated. Once the water reaches a desired temperature, it is released through the hot water tap; the remaining warmed water is held inside the storage tank. Storage tanks are outfitted with insulative coatings and walls to help stored water retain its temperature.

One of the main benefits of a storage-tank water heater installation is its reserved supply of hot water. Although neither gas nor electric water heaters heat water during a power outage, storage tank units are able to release previously heated water, even if there has been an interruption in electrical service.

Should I Choose An Electric Or Gas Powered Water Heater?

Most homeowners choose an electric or gas water heater based on their home's current power source. If you don't have a gas line installation, you might opt for an electric water heater. While the initial investment is higher for a gas water heater, you'll likely end up saving, since natural gas costs less than electricity.

How Does A Tankless Water Heater Work?

Whereas storage tank water heaters once monopolized the plumbing industry, tankless units are rapidly gaining popularity. Tankless water heaters function to provide hot water to homes and businesses. These units are long-lasting, space-saving, energy-efficient, and provide an endless supply of warmed water. Unlike storage tank units which hold hot water in their tank, tankless models heat water on demand. These devices are activated whenever a hot water tap is turned on in the house.

A flow sensing device activates either the gas burner or electric element in a tankless system and water starts heating up. Once the hot water tap is turned off, the burner or element turns off as well. Because tankless units don't have to waste energy keeping their stored water warm, tankless units are considered more energy efficient. Tankless units also require less maintenance than storage tank units.

What Are The Advantages Of A Tankless Water Heater?

Many home and property owners are choosing to install tankless water heaters in their homes and businesses. Benefits of tankless units include:

  • Longer-lasting units. Storage tank water heaters last about 10 years. With proper maintenance and upkeep, tankless units can easily go for two or more decades. They also require less maintenance.
  • Endless hot water. Whenever you turn on a hot water tap, a burner or heating element is activated. Because water gets warmed as it's used, you don't have to worry about someone using up all the hot water during their lengthy shower.
  • Lowered energy bills. Tankless water heater installations use a flow-sensing device that powers on heating elements when the hot water tap is turned on. Because the system doesn't have to spend energy keeping a tankful of water hot, tankless water heaters conserve up to 50 times as much energy as traditional water heaters.
  • Space saving. Tankless water heaters can be mounted on walls and take up a lot less space than bulky, traditional water heaters.

Let Our Experts Help You Find The Perfect Solution For Your Home

Whether you are in the market for a storage tank or tankless water heater installation, the professionals at JIG Plumbing are available to lend a hand. If your home needs to be outfitted with a new gas line installation for your gas water heater, we can install those lines, too. Send us a message online or call 909-280-4331 today!

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