Let's face it, appliances in general just don't last like they used to. Water heaters, for example, have a life span of traditional gas or electric water heaters is about 10 years, give or take a couple of years either way depending on the demand for hot water in your home. If you buy a pre-owned home, check to see when the water heater was installed and calculate the likelihood of what the remaining life might be. It's a fact of home ownership that you will replace a water heater at some point. That being the case, it is helpful to know that many people are switching to a tankless water heater. Tankless heaters last about twice as long as traditional water heaters. That's because they only run when you are calling for hot water. Tankless water heaters do cost more upfront but the longer lifespan and the lower cost of energy eventually even out that additional outlay at the time of purchase. Another benefit for choosing tankless is the additional space you pick up in the mechanical room. And, who doesn't need more storage space? When shopping for the right tankless heater one should consider the typical volume of water that you might use at one time. For example, if you tend to wash clothes and run the dishwasher while you take a shower, you might need to beef up the model of tankless heater as there are some limits to the amount of flowage that can be heated. Discuss your usage habits with your installer before choosing the right model to avoid being disappointed after the sale
Holiday season means family and friends visiting, cooking extravaganzas, last minute shopping and, as much as we try to avoid it, stress. The last thing you need on your hands this holiday season is a plumbing emergency. Here at Van Allen Plumbing, we know this is the time of year that your home is taxed to the max. We are coming upon the most intense use of your home plumbing of the year. Between the buzz of activity in the kitchen and guests staying over, your sinks, toilets, showers, dishwashers, garbage disposals and hot water heaters will be working overtime. We're giving you some holiday plumbing tips to keep the holidays moving along as smoothly as possible:
Happy holidays to all and we hope these tips are helpful this season!
Our Complete Plumbing Services Include:
Van Allen Plumbing
Van Allen Plumbing offers residential and commercial services in all phases of plumbing throughout the greater Reno/Sparks area.