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Be Green and Save Energy with Tankless Water Heaters

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Is it time to purchase a new hot water tank? Before you do, learn the facts about the benefits of purchasing and installing a tankless water heater for your home.

The Trend

You’ve likely heard about the recent trend that is available – the “tankless” water heater. People who live in a larger household have probably gone through dealing with a shower that runs out of hot water after a couple of family members have taken one. Obviously this isn’t ideal for the fast-paced world we live in, when we’ve got lots on-the-go. Not to mention, this leads to getting into or ending with a cold shower (brrr!), which no one enjoys! This is just one example of how the trend of “going tankless” offers both convenience, as well as energy-saving benefits.

Benefits of Going Tankless

  1. Convenience: Hot Water on Demand

A tankless water heater provides hot water on demand – you get hot water instantly. This makes for a good choice for families living in the same house together, as it eliminates time spent waiting for hot water (and likely relieves some arguments that may occur!). Further to this, most tankless heaters are about a third of the size of a tank heater and can be easily mounted on the wall because of their light weight and slim profile – saving you space.

  1. Cost Savings

Tankless water heaters save you money on water and Hydro bills in the long run. Why? Because water supply is only heated when the hot water is turned on. Tankless water heaters also last two to three times longer than a regular hot water tank. They average 15-20 plus years – this means that the tankless water heater pays for itself within the first 5 years! 

  1. Energy Savings

As previously explained, water is only heated when hot water is turned on. Tankless uses less energy than tank heaters, and eliminates wasted cold water, as a tankless heater does not have to refill or reheat at any time.

  1. Cleaner Water

Tankless water heaters provide you with cleaner water compared to water coming from a tank. Why? Water that comes out of the tankless heater is not exposed to additional sediment that may build up in the tank. Most people with a regular hot water tank have to drain it every few months to reduce the build-up of sediment. This never happens with a tankless water heater. No worries!

JJ’s Plumbing Experts are here to answer any further questions you may have about tankless water heaters. Call 604-479-2232, email service@jjsplumbing.com, or fill out our contact form at jjs.plumbing/contact.

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Why You Should Get a Tankless Water Heater in Maple Ridge

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Why You Should Get a Tankless Water Heater in Maple Ridge

Now that the summer is here and water usage restrictions are in effect in Maple Ridge, it is time to start conserving water at home. There are many ways to conserve water around the house, such as avoiding the use of a sprinkler on the lawn, or installing an aerator on your faucets. While these are both great ways to conserve water in the summer months, there is an even better way to save both water and money throughout the entire year. By converting to a tankless water heater, you will be able to do just that.

Hot Water on Demand

Compared to a traditional water heater that heats up water in a tank, a tankless heater is a significant improvement in practically every way. Not only will it save you a great deal of money on your water and hydro bills in the long run, a tankless water heater is able to provide hot water on demand. This makes it a great choice for families living in the same house together, as it will eliminate any of the time spent waiting for hot water. This is mainly due to the fact that a tankless water heater is able to provide hot water up to 80 times faster than a water heater with a tank. This also means that less water and energy will end up being wasted, as a tankless heater does not have to refill or reheat at any time.

Cleaner Water

A tankless water heater is also able to provide you with cleaner water compared to the water that comes from a heater with a tank. This is because water that comes out of the tankless heater is not exposed to any additional sediment that can build up in a water tank. In fact, most people with a water heater that uses a tank have to drain their tank every few months in order to reduce the amount of sediment that builds up over time. With a tankless heater, this will never be necessary.

Convenient and Reliable

One major reason why people are switching to a tankless water heater actually has nothing to do with saving water or money. A tankless heater has become the ideal choice for smaller homes due to its size compared to a classic water heater with a tank. Most tankless heaters are roughly a third of the size of a tank heater, and can be easily mounted on the wall due to their light weight and slim profile. In addition to their ideal size, a tankless heater also has a lifespan that is twice as long as the average tank heater, and requires far less maintenance and upkeep.
During the summer, saving water is a priority among Vancouver and Maple Ridge residents, so finding the easiest and most convenient way to do so is ideal for anyone living in the area. To find out more about how tankless heaters can help you save, or if you have any questions about installing the right model for your home, contact us or check us out online. You can also find us via Twitter or Facebook to receive the latest updates.

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A Basic Guide to Water Heater Maintenance

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Proper Water Heater Maintenance

Once a water heater is properly installed and set up, it doesn’t require much attention. However, many people don’t know that regular maintenance can help keep it operating efficiently for many years to come.

At JJ’s Custom Plumbing we want to give our clients in the Coquitlam and Vancouver areas the tools and skills they need to keep their water heater running in top shape.

By following the guide below and performing some simple water heater maintenance, you can avoid having to make major repairs in the future.

Routine Water Heater Inspection Tips

A routine visual check of your water heater will ensure that you catch small issues before they turn into even bigger problems. Every couple of months you should inspect your water heater for any leaks, damage, or corrosion. Check the tank, the pipes, the plumping joints, and the T&P valve.

Flushing Your Water Heater

It is important to do an annual water heater flush. A lot of sediment can build up in the tank over time, reducing its energy efficiency and longevity.

Start by turning off your electric water heater’s power at the breaker box, or by setting the thermostat to “vacation” mode if you have a gas heater. Give your tank some time to cool down.

Next, you need to connect a garden hose to the drain valve and open up the outlet valve. After 30 seconds you should turn off the cold water shutoff valve and open up your T&P valve for ventilation.

Your water heater should finish draining in about 20 minutes. Once all of the water has been flushed out, you can open the cold water supply and let it run for a few more minutes. Then, close the outlet valve and allow your tank to fill back up.

Once your water heater is full, you can close the T&P valve and turn its power supply back on.

Checking and Replacing the Anode Rod

It is a good idea to check the condition of your anode rod when your tank is drained, as this should only be done when your water heater’s power is shut off.

The anode rod is located at the top of your water heater. After unscrewing and carefully removing it, you should give it a thorough inspection. Check for any damage or large patches of corrosion.

If your anode rod is in bad condition, then you will need to purchase a new one from the local hardware store to replace it.

Have Any Questions or Concerns?

JJ’s Custom Plumbing offers professional and experienced plumbing and heating services to the Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Vancouver, and Port Moody areas.

If you’re uneasy about undertaking your own water heater maintenance, or if you run into problems along the way, then don’t hesitate to contact us. We can answer your questions, address your concerns, and even take care of your water heater maintenance for you.

You can easily get in touch with us by visiting our contact page and giving us a call at 778-285-0606 or sending an e-mail.

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What makes Tankless Hot Water Heaters “Green”?

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Superior hot water technology delivers greater efficiency and reliability, so everyone benefits – with environmental preservation and energy conservation that results in a better planet for us all. So what does make a Tankless Hot Water Heater “Green”? Find out Below:

Reduced Energy and Operating Costs

Tankless water heaters reduce energy consumption by up to 40% by heating water only on demand and avoiding standby loss.

Water Conservation

The compact design of a tankless water allows flexibility with installation so it can be located closer to fixtures and appliances, saving on water consumption because the “wait” time for hot water is reduced.

Cleaner Air and a Healthier Home

Tankless water heaters produce very low NOx (less than 40 PPM) and CO2 emissions, contributing to cleaner air and a healthier home and making it an environmentally sound gas appliance.

Protecting Natural Resources

With up to a 20-year service life, Tankless water heaters last 2-3 times longer and are significantly smaller in size than traditional tank water heaters, thus reducing the amount of material that ends up in landfills.

The primary components of tankless water heaters – including the copper heat exchanger and stainless steel burners – are recyclable.

Endless Hot Water

Never take another cold shower again!  tankless water heaters heat water on demand, so you’re never limited to a fixed pre-heated supply as with a tank.  You’ll enjoy hot water when you want it, for as long as you need it.  Take a shower, wash dishes and do laundry all at the same time!

Energy Costs

With tankless water heaters, you’ll enjoy up to 40% energy savings.  That’s because our units are designed to be highly efficient and only heat water when it’s needed.  When the demand for water ceases, the unit shuts down and uses no energy, a revolutionary advantage over inefficient tank-style heaters.

Clean, Fresh Water

When using a traditional tank-style water heater, rust and scale build-up can collect in the interior of the tank, where the hot water you use day-to-day for bathing and drinking is stored.  With tankless water heaters there is no tank to store water, so you’ll always experience fresh, clean hot water because these units heats water on demand as it passes through the unit.

Space Savings and Flexible Installation Options

Reclaim precious space in your home.  Traditional tank water heaters can take up to 16 square feet of valuable floor space.  However, tankless units are about the size of a carry-on suitcase- can be installed on virtually any wall inside or outside of your home.

Peace of Mind

With tankless water heaters, there’s no tank to leak or break, thus reducing the risk of flooding.  Plus, they offer a line of digital controllers that make it easy to set water temperatures precisely to ensure comfort and prevent scalding accidents.

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Why Go Tankless? The Benefits of A Tankless Hot Water Heater

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Should You Switch To A Tankless Hot Water Heater?

Tankless Hot Water Heaters, or hot water on demand, are gaining popularity in Vancouver thanks to their compact size and energy efficient systems.

But is hot water on demand right for your home? Here’s what the newer systems have to offer:

  • Unlimited hot water: Tankless systems provide hot water on demand, which means no more toilet flushes interrupting your shower, or running out of hot water during the morning rush or when guests are over.
  • Cost and energy efficient: With a tankless system, there’s no hot water sitting in the tank waiting to be used, which means over 50% in energy savings are passed on to you.
  • Space-saving units: Tankless systems are smaller and less bulky than their traditional counterparts.

In a nutshell, going tankless can save energy and cash, while keeping your home’s hot water flowing without interruption.

Save More with Rebates

To make the transition to a tankless system easier, FortisBC offers a rebate of up to $500 when you replace your aging water heater with a qualifying natural gas ENERGY STAR model

According to Fortis, “ENERGY STAR tankless models have an EF between 0.82 and 0.99, making them much more efficient than standard natural gas storage tanks typically found in homes today. They also take up much less space, freeing up valuable square footage.”

We can help you decide if a tankless system is right for your home. Contact us to speak with a technician today!