Houston Tankless Water Heater Installation

Houston Tankless Water Heater Installation

  • Water Heaters
tankless water heater in Texas by Alliance Plumbing

When getting a new water heater, there are other models to consider besides the classic tank model. One of the most notable kinds you can get for your Texas home is the tankless water heater. As the name suggests, these water heaters don’t use a large tank that heats water for the home. Instead, it boils and heats water as it moves through the pipe into your home. These models have several advantages over their tank-using counterparts.

Here are 5 reasons you need Houston tankless water heater installation:

 

Cleaner water

You likely don’t get to see their insides very often, but water heater tanks can get pretty nasty. It’s not uncommon for the water inside the tank to leave behind hard water stains as it sits in there. Also, sediment often builds up inside the tank. The sediment can not only get in your drinking water, but it can also damage the tank’s inside until rust starts getting into the water. Tankless water heaters don’t have this tank, so you won’t have to worry about your water heater making your water taste strange.

 

More space

Regular water heaters come with a large tank that can take up a good bit of space. Without the tank, tankless water heaters take up a third of the space their tank counterparts use. Also, they make use of technology that makes them lighter and smaller than other models. Some models are capable of reaching only five pounds. You can free up even more space by mounting the tankless water heater by mounting it to a wall.

 

No waiting for hot water

Instead of storing water to heat for usage, tankless water heaters heat the water as it goes to your faucet. With normal water heaters, the tank heats the water when you want it, but you have to wait a bit for the water to heat up. This means you’ll be wasting some water while it runs unheated. While re-circling pumps are available to save the water, you’re switching wasted water for wasted electricity and energy. Tankless water heaters can comfortably supply a full-sized three bedroom two bathroom home with water. All without having to wait!

 

Longer lasting; fewer breakdowns

Depending on who you ask, the average tank water heater can last anywhere from eight to fifteen years. This depends on plenty of factors such as the quality of the installation, your water’s quality, and how good its owners are about providing maintenance. Meanwhile, tankless water heaters can optimally last for over twenty years. Part of their long lifespan comes from the fact that they don’t need as much maintenance. This translates into less potential breakdowns that could cost you money to fix. Also, manufacturers often give longer-lasting warranties for these water heaters due to their longer lifespans.

 

Save the environment and your money

Tankless water heaters let you save money while saving the environment. The average tankless models use about 10% less energy than the average water heater. These savings can save four-person households hundreds of dollars over the water heater’s lifespan. This doesn’t take into account the possibility of rebates for switching to a more energy-efficient solution.

 

Why choose Alliance Plumbing for my water heater needs?

Alliance Plumbing is a company made up of homegrown, hometown service professionals that hire and train our local talent. We are dedicated to offering impressive customer service and exceptional skill in our quest to become the best plumbers in Texas. We emphasize quality goods and services and 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Call Alliance Plumbing today to learn more about how we can help you!

 

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How to Disconnect the Gas for Your Water Heater

How to Disconnect the Gas for Your Water Heater

  • Water Heaters
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There are times you have to shut down one of your appliances or systems to protect your home. One of the more common examples is having to cut off a gas water heater from its gas supply. It might be something as simple as disconnecting the gas so you can replace the water heater. However, you might also need to shut off the gas because flammable gas is leaking and could cause a house fire. If you don’t know how to shut off your water heater’s gas, we tell you what to do.

 

Important safety warning

These instructions are meant to cover dealing with small gas leaks. With larger gas leaks, you should take CenterPoint Energy’s advice and leave your home. Leave on foot to somewhere safer, and call 911 and CenterPoint Energy only when you’re a safe distance away from your home.

 

How to turn off the gas for your water heater

There are two places in your home where you can turn off the water heater’s gas. For the water heater, there’s a shutoff valve near the water heater. However, for emergencies, you should shut off the gas completely at the gas meter outside. Both methods are important, but the gas meter is a safer option.

For the gas meter, you’ll want to find the gas shutoff valve nearby. Take a wrench and turn the valve 90° clockwise to shut off the gas. Meanwhile, water heaters have a single valve handle on the gas pipe to control its gas intake. Turn the handle 90° so it’s perpendicular to the pipe, and the gas should shut off. You’ll know the gas is off when your water heater’s burner turns off. In any of these situations, if you fear a gas leak, call your gas company to schedule a free inspection.

 

Why call Alliance Plumbing to handle my water heater’s gas problems?

Owner Kelly Caudel is a second-generation master plumber. Growing up in a plumbing family, his father is also a master plumber. The Caudel family are residents of the greater Clear Lake Area and have been providing professional plumbing work for decades. We’re lifelong citizens and we love our community! We hire and train the best local talent. We know that by providing the best in customer service and technical training to our plumbers, you get the best product, which makes us the best choice. By choosing Alliance Plumbing Services, you are supporting a local small business and building local jobs in our community. Fixed Right, RIGHT AWAY! When you call us, we answer the phone or return your call as soon as possible. We understand that it can be stressful when you have a problem with your plumbing. Call Alliance Plumbing today to learn more about our gas line services!

 

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What Should I Set My Water Heater Temperature To?

What Should I Set My Water Heater Temperature To?

  • Water Heaters
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A surprise cold shower is never fun, but neither is one that scalds your skin. This is why it’s so important to choose the right temperature for your water heater to heat up to. However, you’re not just trying to balance comfort and heat; there are bacterial concerns to think about as well. Keeping the temperature low yet comfortable can keep you and your family from being scalded, but higher temperatures are more capable of killing off bacteria. If you want an expert’s opinion, Alliance Plumbing can give you that knowledge.

How to adjust my water heater’s temperature

Water heaters can have different ways to adjust the temperature depending on the model and fuel type, but they’re all pretty similar. For electric models with a tank and newer gas models, look for the controls behind an insulated access panel. Also, electric models may have the temperature controls on the top/bottom of the tank. With tankless models, you just have to find the temperature readout, which will have the controls on there. Always make sure you test the water’s temperature after you change it. To do that, hold a thermometer under a sink’s running water for a minute when it’s set to be as hot as it can go.

Determining the best temperature

There are two “optimal” temperatures, but which one you want depends on certain factors. 120°F, the temperature suggested by the U.S. Department of Energy, is good at preventing scalding. At this temperature, it takes about a minute of exposure for the water to cause damage. This temperature is especially useful in homes with children or seniors, both of which are more susceptible to scalding. Also, lowering your temperature to 120°F causes your water heater to use less energy to heat the water. This can help you save some money on energy bills and extend the water heater’s lifespan. You shouldn’t go any lower than this, though, or you’ll have problems with bacteria.

The second recommended temperature, as suggested by OSHA, is the default water heater temperature of 140°F. At this temperature, your water will be safe from just about all bacteria. While most bacteria will die off at 120°F, bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s Disease is slightly more durable. 140°F is more capable of scalding, but it’s certain to wipe out LD bacteria. In most cases, you’ll find the bacteria in older water systems or water storage systems that are either outdoors or let water stagnate.

So what’s the best option for your home? In most cases, LD bacteria are uncommon enough that 120° is the safer choice. However, if you know your home is at-risk for LD or someone living there has a compromised or sensitive immune system, go with 140°F. In these cases, it’s also a good idea to look at anti-scald devices to protect the children and seniors in your home.

 

What makes Alliance a trustworthy source on managing my water heater temperature?

Owner Kelly Caudel is a second-generation master plumber. Growing up in a plumbing family, his father is also a master plumber. The Caudel family are residents of the greater Clear Lake Area and have been providing professional plumbing work for decades. We’re lifelong citizens and we love our community! We hire and train the best local talent. We know that by providing the best in customer service and technical training to our plumbers, you get the best product, which makes us the best choice. By choosing Alliance Plumbing Services, you are supporting a local small business and building local jobs in our community.  Your issue will be fixed right, RIGHT AWAY! When you call us, we answer the phone or return your call as soon as possible. We understand that it can be stressful when you have a problem with your plumbing. Call us today to learn more about our services!

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Gas vs Electric: Water Heater Differences

Gas vs Electric: Water Heater Differences

  • Water Heaters
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When looking at new storage water heaters, there are two types that you’ll generally have to choose between. Gas water heaters burn natural gasses in order to provide the energy needed to heat water. Meanwhile, electric water heaters use electric resistance coils to heat water. Both of these can help you heat your water, but which one is best for you? Let Alliance Plumbing help you with your decision by showing you some water heater differences and similarities. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but we can help.

 

Gas

Gas water heaters require your home to be connected to a dedicated gas line. This means you may have to pay a lot of money if you don’t have a gas line but still want a gas water heater. However, the investment may be worth it if you have a large family. Because gas is cheaper than electricity, gas water heaters generally pay for themselves in energy saving within a year. In addition, gas water heaters are capable of heating more water per hour than an electrical model, and can run during a power outage. Unfortunately, gas water heaters are constantly burning gas. While this means you don’t have to wait for hot water, it also means there’s more heat loss through the tank’s walls. In addition, gas is less energy efficient than water.

 

Electric

Electric water heaters run off of the electric grid. While this means you don’t need a gas line, this also means you’ll have no hot water if you lose power. Since they don’t require vents to release exhaust, they can take up less space and come in a variety of sizes. In addition, they only heat water when needed, meaning they’re more energy efficient. Unfortunately, this also means they also have a low recovery rate (the rate at which they heat water,) making them a poor choice for large families. Also, the cost of electricity means you’ll spend more over time with an electric water heater. The savings you’d get from using less energy will likely be lost due to the price of electricity.

 

What makes Alliance Plumbing an expert on water heater differences?

Alliance Plumbing has two generations of plumbing experience running in this family-owned business. With our expertise, we hire the best, have a wide selection of parts and water heaters, and look to provide for our Texas community. When you choose Alliance Plumbing, you help support small businesses and building local jobs for our community. If you need a company that knows water heaters, call Alliance Plumbing today!

 

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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Tank Water Heater

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Tank Water Heater

  • Water Heaters

Like any appliance in your home, your tank water heater will eventually break down after some time. You’ll inevitably have to replace it, but you likely want to get your replacement before it causes major damage. If you know what signs to look for, you can know the best time to get a new water heater. Here at Alliance Plumbing, we have the water heater experience to know what to look for and can help you know your water heater is in need of a replacement.

 

Here are 5 signs your should consider a replacement:

 

Age

How long have you owned your water heater? The average tank water heater lasts 10 to 15 years. If your heater is reaching the double digits, it might be getting time to put it out to pasture. You can check the water heater’s serial number if you’re unsure of how old it is. For instance, a serial number starting with ‘0702’ would mean it was made July (07) 2002.

 

Rusty or muddy water

If your water is a rusty color, that might be a sign the water tank is starting to deteriorate on the inside. When the tank corrodes, rust tends to develop around the tank seams, the temperature and pressure release valves, the water supply line, or the drain valve. If the water is muddy, it’s a sign of sediment build-up in the tank.

 

Leaking water tank

If there’s standing or leaking water around the tank, call one of our professionals right away. The tank could be experiencing an internal failure. There’s no easy fix for this, and you’ll have to replace the tank quickly in order to avoid damage to your home. Make sure you disconnect the electricity or turn off the gas and let the water cool before you remove and replace the tank.

 

Strange noises

Some noise is normal when a tank water heater is operating. However, if you hear cracks and pops, that’s a problem. Noise issues are generally the result of a buildup of sediment in the tank. As the sediment heats and reheats, it’ll eventually harden at the bottom of the tank. The noises are caused by pockets of the air in the sediment boiling along with the tank’s water. Flushing the tank should clean it, but if the noise persists, your tank might be close to cracking or leaking.

 

Not enough hot water

Another problem sediment can cause is a lack of hot water. The sediment that builds up on the bottom gets between the burner and the water. This results in colder showers and a harder-working heating element. Eventually, the heater will fail and possibly cause a leak. An annual water tank flushing can alleviate the issue, and consider investing in water conditioning if you have hard water.

 

Why should I trust Alliance Plumbing to replace my water heater?

 

Alliance Plumbing has two generations of plumbing experience running in this family-owned business. With our expertise, we hire the best, are well-stocked, and look to provide for our Texas community. When you choose Alliance Plumbing, you help support small businesses and building local jobs for our community. If you ever need help with your plumbing, call Alliance Plumbing and we’ll get the job done right!

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3 Benefits of a Water Heater Tune-Up in Webster

3 Benefits of a Water Heater Tune-Up in Webster

  • Water Heaters
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We never think about the health of our appliances until they stop functioning at peak performance- or stop working completely. Especially not the hot water heater, which is often out of sight in the basement of your home. A water heater can last up to 15 years when properly maintained. But what happens when your water heater doesn’t get the attention it needs? When maintenance is skipped, it can lower the lifespan of your water heater and affect the performance, which costs you money. At Alliance Plumbing, we know the importance of preventative maintenance in order to save you money and ensure your family always has hot water.

Benefits of a Water Heater Tune-Up in Webster

 

Extends the Life of Your Water Heater

No one wants to replace their water heater prematurely. A water heater tune-up in Webster will ensure your water heater lasts as long as possible, saving you future headaches. At Alliance Plumbing, our tune-ups check for any underlying issues so they can be addressed before they become irreparable damage.

Saves Money

When your water heater tank is full of sediment, it doesn’t work as efficiently. When the efficiency of your water heater improves, your energy bills get lower. This is because your unit isn’t working as hard.  When you get a water heater tune-up in Webster with Alliance Plumbing, we will drain your water heater tank removing harmful sediment and getting it up to peak performance.

Safety for Your Family

If your water heater is a natural gas model, annual maintenance can be the difference between safety and danger for your family. Water heaters that run on natural gas need maintenance to check their combustion components and ensure that it’s venting properly. Natural gas that is burning improperly can release toxic carbon monoxide into your home. This gas is colorless and odorless, so getting maintenance to check safety components is your line of defense against these safety concerns. When you get a water heater tune-up in Webster by Alliance Plumbing, we will check the carbon monoxide emissions of your water heater to ensure your family’s safety.

Why Choose Alliance Plumbing?

  • Owned by a second generation master plumber
  • Trusted, local plumbing experts
  • A real person answers your call every time
  • Convenient appointment times that work for your schedule
  • Top rated on BBB and Angie’s List

If you need water heater maintenance in the Clear Lake area, then it’s time to call Alliance Plumbing! 

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