Levittown Water Heater Repair & Installation
Bucks County’s Reliable Plumbing Experts
Does your water heater require repairs? Is it time for a new unit? J&M Plumbing & Drain Cleaning is the company to turn to for the best solution. Our Levittown water heater experts are fully licensed and highly trained.
We have extensive experience installing and repairing a variety of systems, including:
What are the signs of a faulty water heater?
Knowing when it's time to stop paying for repairs and install a new unit can be tricky, but it can also save you a lot of money. No water heater lasts forever, and while a new water heater is more expensive in the short term, at a certain point the cost of repairing it over and over will dwarf that figure and end up costing you more money than its worth. Some of the key signs to look out for include:
- The age of your water heater: Water heaters generally last 10-20 years, and once you hit that decade mark it's time to seriously consider an upgrade. Not only will it break down far less often, newer units are considerably more energy efficient and can save you money on every utility bill.
- Rust-colored water: If you notice a brown or reddish tint to water coming out of your faucets, then there's a good chance your water heater tank is rusting. Not only is this unhealthy to drink, it can quickly lead to a leaking water heater.
- Lack of hot water: If you're struggling to get enough hot water to come out of your faucets for even a single shower, then it's likely that your water heater is starting to fail and needs a replacement.
- The cost of repairs: A general rule to keep in mind is that if the cost of repairs is at least half the cost of a new unit, you should seriously consider just installing a new water heater rather than paying to repair your old and breaking down unit.
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The Difference Between Traditional, Tankless, and Solar Water Heaters
Traditional Storage Tank Water Heaters
- The Essentials: For years there was only one option for a residential water heater – the traditional storage tank. These systems heat water and store them for later use. Usually, tanks are anywhere from 20 to 80 gallons. This is plenty of water for most situations, and it will be waiting for you whenever you need it.
- The Pros: A traditional storage tank unit is an excellent option if you need a new water heater for a lower installation price. You won’t be too worried about long-term savings if you aren’t planning on staying in your home in the long term. The other most efficient systems all require years of use before they pay for themselves.
- The Cons: Traditional storage tanks have one consistent flaw – standby heat loss. As we mentioned earlier, tank water heaters warm the water and store it when you need it. Unfortunately, the water cools down while it sits there. When it cools down, it needs to be reheated, and that is a terrible waste of energy. It’s estimated by the U.S. Department of Energythat switching to a tankless on-demand heater and eliminating standby heat loss can be 25% more efficient. This is what makes a tank storage system more expensive in the long run when compared to most other systems.
Tankless Water Heaters
- The Essentials: A tankless water heater cuts out the middleman in the water heating equation. Instead of wasting energy on storing water, the system heats water on-demand. When you turn your hot water faucet, water flows into the unit and is heated by coils.
There are two main types of tankless water heater—point-of-use and whole-home. The point-of-use unit is smaller and is installed very close to where you need the hot water. For example, you could place one near your shower or laundry machine. This takes one appliance off the board, allowing your existing water heater system to take care of the rest. These typically are electric, which only makes them even more efficient.
The other choice is a whole-home system. Some of these can use electricity, while others require fossil fuels to keep up with the heating demand. It mostly depends on the size of the system that you need. As the name suggests, this type of unit serves the entire home and is much bigger.
- The Pros: Tankless systems are more efficient. What does that mean for you? It means lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint. Tankless systems can do this because they heat water on demand. The lack of storage means that standby heat loss is no longer a concern! Tankless systems are also extremely flexible. Units can be small and serve a single appliance in conjunction with a storage tank system, or they can heat water for your entire home.
- The Cons: There is a tradeoff when it comes to alternative water heater systems. That tradeoff is long-term savings versus installation cost. Storage tank systems are so ubiquitous that they are cheaper to install. If you are planning to stay in your home for years to come, your tankless system will pay for that difference in cost. However, if you are planning on moving in the next few years, you may not get to that point.
Solar Water Heaters
- The Essentials: The term “solar water heater” applies to multiple types of units that utilize energy from the sun to function. They typically use a storage tank and can use a backup heater when needed, such as during times of high demand. Since solar energy costs nothing, this will make your system much more efficient every month.
- The Pros: Again this is very similar to tankless, but the savings can be even more significant. You don’t pay anything for the sun’s energy, which completely cuts off fuel costs. Nothing more efficient than that! When you do have to use a gas or electric backup, you’ll be using a minimal amount and will keep costs low. A solar water heater is an overall excellent investment in your future.
- The Cons: Again the disadvantages are much the same as tankless. Installation prices are steep, but solar water heaters are truly an investment in the future of your home or office and may be worth it to you.
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Several daily tasks require an on-demand supply of hot water, such as showering, washing dishes, and doing laundry. When you do not have hot water, it can cause a significant inconvenience to your life. Our expert plumbers are standing by to get your water heater repaired quickly and effectively. No matter what issues your system is having, if it is fixable, we will mend it. We handle all types of water heater problems, including:
We handle all types of water heater problems, including:
Water Heater Installations
Typically, a traditional water heater will last for 8 to 12 years. The lifespan varies depending on the type of unit, water quality, maintenance schedule, and whether or not it was installed properly.
When it comes time to replace your water heater, depend on J&M Plumbing & Drain Cleaning to get the job done right. We will help you find a system that has the appropriate size and efficiency for your space. Then we will make sure that it gets installed correctly to ensure maximum performance and longevity.