Tankless Water Heater Options in Memphis

Tankless Water Heater Options in Memphis

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Stewart Plumbing- Understanding Your Tankless Water Heater Options

A tankless water heater can save you time, money, and headaches by providing an endless stream of hot water to your home.  Without a storage tank, you won’t need to worry about:

(1) running out of warm water after several people take showers

(2) spending extra on your utility bill to cover energy waste from constant heating

(3) having to replace expensive parts after tanks malfunction.  If you’re considering tankless, you’re already ahead of the game.

But now that you’re looking into this more advanced technology, you and the service professionals at Stewart Plumbing will have to make a decision based on your budget, preferences, and the structure of your home: what fuel-source will your tankless water heater use?  There are multiple pros and cons regarding different types of tankless water heaters, and some houses are better suited for certain systems.  There are two main distinctions in the tankless world:

Gas vs. Electric

Your tankless water heater will be saving you money and tightening your energy efficiency either way.  Generally speaking, a tankless water heater can be over 30% more efficient than conventional tank-type!  Still, a gas-fired tankless will produce even higher flow rates than the already superior electric ones.  The installation for gas powered is more expensive, but the savings on your energy bill will eventually make up for that extra cost (after all, a tankless heating system is more of an investment than a singular purchase).  If you want to capitalize on the extremely powerful natural gas system, you’ll need to make sure that your Memphis household is near a gas line and capable of being properly ventilated.  Sometimes, though, electric is a better fit.  Consult a Stewart Plumbing technician for reliable and knowledgeable recommendations as well as an up-front estimate.

Whole House vs. Point-of-Use

Can your tankless water heater deliver hot water to your entire home?  In most cases, the answer is yes, and a whole-house system is the easiest option.  However, in particularly larger houses or households with many occupants (think 3 to 5 active children) than may use upwards of 50 gallons a day, your best bet may be to install separate, smaller tankless units directly targeted towards certain, heavy-use faucets.  The tankless design is compact and can be stored in a closet or below a sink, as opposed to unsightly tankless units which can really only go in the basement.  Point-of-use water heaters act as back-ups so you never have to water about your heating being anything less than constantly reliable.

Call Stewart Plumbing to see what tankless is right for you!  Request your free consultation today.

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Water Heater Repair Memphis

Water Heater Repair Memphis

  • Plumbing
  • Water Heaters

Leak From the Tank Usually Means Replacement is Necessary

 

If you are having hot water problems in your home, we’re willing to bet the first thing you do is check to see if your water heater is working. You head on over to it’s location and notice a pool of water at the base. Now what?

Well, it certainly explains your temperature problems, but now you have a water heater leak to deal with. Unfortunately, there are a number of ways a water heater can leak. It’s important for you, as a homeowner, to understand the differences because in some cases water heater leaks call for a bit more than a repair.

Water Heater Leak Causes

  1. Temperature and pressure valve: The whole purpose of the temperature and pressure valve is to release water if there is too much pressure in the tank or if the water gets too hot. The water that it releases goes down a tube purposely directed at the floor. But, if you see water pooling at the bottom of your water heater, check the inside of the discharge tube for any moisture. If there is some, you know it’s because the valve is faulty or because there is too much pressure in the tank.
  2. Leak from the tank: This is the most common cause of water heater leaks and, sadly, it does typically result in needing a replacement. When water leaks from the tank, it means that there is something wrong internally. Most often, it’s because sediment has built up to the point of rusting and cracking the tank.
  3. Drain valve: The drain valve, located at the bottom of the tank, is used to remove any built up sediment. If it’s faulty or if it’s not tight enough, it will begin to leak water. This is actually a very fixable problem, only having to replace the single drain valve to get the water heater back to working like normal.

 

Stewart Plumbing will do a thorough check of your unit to determine the cause and go over with you the best course of action for repair. Whether it’s a repair or a replacement, our team promises to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Call us today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Why You Should Switch to a Tankless Water Heater in Memphis

Why You Should Switch to a Tankless Water Heater in Memphis

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Tankless Water Heaters Provide Money Saving Benefits

 

If you’ve only ever had a traditional-style water heater, then you may be wondering why you should even bother to switch to a tankless type now. Well, wonder no more.

Our team here at Stewart Plumbing feels strongly about the benefits families will receive when they switch to tankless and we want you to be one of those families that get to enjoy them.

Benefits of Switching to a Tankless Water Heater

  1. Money savings: Tankless systems don’t waste money like traditional systems do. Because tankless units heat water on an “as needed” basis, you are only paying for hot water that’s used – not the estimated use of hot water. Switching from traditional to tankless can save you up to 30% on energy costs each year.
  2. Longer life: Tankless systems last an estimated five to ten years longer than traditional units.
  3. No flooding: There is no tank filled up with water, so nothing can become ruptured and leak.
  4. More hot water: Sick of being the last one to shower and have the water be cold each and every time? That problem can be eased with a tankless water heater. Water heats as it passes over a heating element, so you will always have hot water.
  5. Environmentally friendly: Electric tankless water heaters don’t produce greenhouse gases so you will be able to use as much water as you want without worrying about harming the environment.
  6. Space savings: Tankless units can be installed pretty much anywhere, since they are way smaller than traditional tanks. No more bulky, ugly water heaters taking up space.

 

Tankless water heaters do cost more initially upon installation, but the amount of money you will save over the course of its life outweighs that cost.

At Stewart Plumbing, your home comfort is our number one concern, and we can assure you that you’ll always be comfortable with a tankless water heater. Call us today for more information, or to schedule an appointment!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Memphis Plumbing Experts Answer Your Water Heater FAQs

Memphis Plumbing Experts Answer Your Water Heater FAQs

  • Water Heaters

How Much Do You Know About Your Water Heater?

 

You have your thing, and we have ours. At Stewart Plumbing our expertise lies in water heaters. We are experts in water heater maintenance, repair, and installation, and we’re here to help you learn everything you need to know about these everyday appliances.

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions surrounding water heaters, and we’d like to share the answers with you. Maybe, after reading this post, water heaters will be your “thing,” too.

Water Heater Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are all water heater companies the same? If you need a quick, inexpensive fix sometimes renting a water heater is a good solution. When renting a water heater, it’s smart to know who your service provider is and exactly what you are signing up for. Keep these questions in mind before signing a contract – What company do you represent? How long is the contract for? Are there charges to exit the contract if I’m unhappy? And how long have you been in the water heater business?
  2. What size water heater should I choose? There are a number of different factors to consider when deciding on the size water heater you need, one of them being the size of your family. If, for example, your family has grown in size since you purchased the home and/or water heater, you probably aren’t getting enough hot water. This means you should probably think about getting a larger tank to accommodate all of your needs. The opposite goes for a family that has downsized. You could be paying for a bigger tank without needing to, and that wastes money.
  3. Why do I smell rotten eggs coming from my water heater? That rotten egg odor is caused by bacteria forming on the anode rod. At that point, your best bet would be to replace that part.
  4. Can I lower my water temperature? There are some shower heads and faucets out there that offer a feature that helps prevent scalding by shutting off the water if the temperature exceeds 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Another option you have is to install a master mixing valve at the hot water line coming out of your unit that will allow your water to stay at 140 degrees, but deliver the water at less than 122.
  5. How do I know when it’s time to replace my water heater? Rust colored hot water, moisture around the base of the tank, and inconsistent or inefficient hot water are a few ways you will know if it’s time for a replacement.
  6. Should I purchase a gas or electric water heater? While we can’t tell you what’s best for your family, we can offer some benefits of both. Natural gas water heaters are less expensive to operate, and tend to last longer. Electric ones are cleaner and can be installed in more enclosed areas. Whichever you choose, though, Stewart Plumbing can install either of them!
  7. What is the purpose of the red reset button on my electric water heater? The red button is the temperature safety control and it pops out when the water temperature in the tank has gone up to an unsafe level. Pushing that button only serves as a temporary solution, and you will probably end up needing to replace the faulty part in the end.
  8. What is a tankless water heater? In short, a tankless water heater is an “on demand” type of system. This means that water is only used and heated as needed so you don’t pay astronomical heating costs.
  9. Why do water heaters make so much noise? Actually, water heaters shouldn’t be making that much noise, so if yours is that means something is wrong. Typically, a loud banging sound means you have a sediment buildup inside your tank that needs to be flushed out.
  10. How hot is the water in my heater? It’s suggested by manufacturers that you keep your water heater at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and most systems come preset that way.
  11. Is it beneficial to drain my water heater? Absolutely! Manufacturers suggest that you drain it on a six month basis to keep sediment from building up.

 

So, do you feel like an expert yet? If not, feel free to call us at Stewart Plumbing today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions, or schedule a water heater maintenance, repair, or replacement appointment!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Plumber: When is it Time for Water Heater Replacement?

Ask a Memphis Plumber: When is it Time for Water Heater Replacement?

  • Water Heaters

At Stewart Plumbing, we see a lot of water heaters on their last legs. In fact, we are often shocked that the rusted out hunk of metal before us is even still functioning! But most water heaters are tough, durable pieces of equipment so homeowners will hang on to them as long as they are still working. But how do you know when it’s time for water heater replacement?

The easy answer is that most water heaters last between 12 and 15 years.  You can typically extend this lifespan with regular, professional maintenance plans.

Signs It’s Time for Water Heater Replacement

  • Water rapidly changing from hot to cold
  • Fluctuating water pressure
  • Frequent leaks
  • Pools of water surrounding your water heater
  • Diminished water quality (noticeable rust or sediment)
  • Frequent audible noise and clanking sounds

Yes, some of these symptoms may be repairable, but the problem remains that repeated repairs may ultimately prove more costly than a new water heater installation.  If your water heater is over 15 years old, it’s a safe bet that any repairs will only be followed by more repairs and more cash.

If you have decided to purchase a new water heater, we suggest considering a few things that may help make the transition easier.

Get a warranty on service and products: Make sure you work with a plumbing company that provides warranties on parts and service.  There is a lot of competition out there vying for your business, so make sure you find an affordable service provider you can trust.

Consider installing a tankless water heater: While more costly up-front, tankless water heaters will more than likely save you money in the long run.  They take up less space and use significantly less energy.

Maintain your water heater: Ensure that your new water heater lasts a long time by frequently and properly maintaining it.  Don’t have time?  Stewart Plumbing provides convenient annual service maintenance agreements you can pay for in advance.

Don’t let your old water heater waste time, energy, and money. Know when it’s time for replacement. Make the right move and get a new water heater installation with Stewart Plumbing. 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Plumber: All About Tankless Water Heaters

Ask a Memphis Plumber: All About Tankless Water Heaters

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At Stewart Plumbing, 2013 was a big year for tankless water heaters. Memphis homeowners have really begun getting behind this technology. For the past 12 months, no matter the season, our customer service reps were fielding questions about tankless water heaters–what they are, how they work and what they can do for you and your family.

What makes tankless water heaters so popular?

First let’s take a look at how conventional or ‘tanked’ water heaters work and how tankless models have improved on them in virtually every conceivable way.  Conventional water heaters are equipped with a large storage tank that is always full of continuously heated water. The main drawback of conventional models is that they must burn fuel around the clock to ensure hot water is always just a turn of the faucet away. That means when you and your family are out of the house, at work or school, it’s heating. When you’re out for dinner and a movie, it’s heating.  While you’re on vacation enjoying the beach somewhere, you guessed it, it’s still heating.  Not the most cost effective path to hot water, is it?

Start paying for hot water only when you want it.

Tankless water heaters are often called ‘on-demand’ or ‘instant’ because they only burn fuel periodically. When you’re ready for a hot shower or a bowl of warm soup, your water is ready too—all at the press of a button. The ‘on demand’ capabilities of tankless water heaters allows the homeowner to drastically reduce the large amounts of energy and water normally expended by their conventional counterparts.

The price is right to upgrade your in-home hot water experience today!

While the initial cost purchase and installation of a tankless water heater typically runs a bit higher than conventional models, most new owners see a return on their investment within just a few years.

Tankless water heaters benefits:

  • Lower water usage by 20%
  • Save up to 60% of water heating energy
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 60%
  • Improve home aesthetics and save space
  • Operate even if other hot water related appliances are running simultaneously

If you are looking to upgrade your Memphis home to a tankless water heater, look no further than Stewart Plumbing. Call today to learn more or to schedule an in-home consulation!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

5 Important Water Heater Considerations

5 Important Water Heater Considerations

  • Water Heaters

Water heater installation should be your highest priority this fall, especially if you currently don’t have a working water heater in your home. Even if hot water is absolutely essential to your home at any time of year, you need to avoid the mistake of purchasing the wrong model. Throwing your money toward the wrong water heater can bring all sort of consequences, ranging from poor energy efficiency to water contamination. There is also the possibility of money loss. Imagine putting your savings into a water heater that, as it would turn out, simply isn’t the right fit. Not only does it leave you in a financial hole, but it also can provide you with an additional layer of stress that would have otherwise been avoided had you put installation into serious consideration before you took action.

Why Should You Call Stewart for Service?

The next time you want to avoid a water heating mishap, call Stewart Plumbing for high-quality water heater installation. We will make sure you have a water heater this fall that is the perfect fit for your home. You will be able to enjoy a higher level of energy efficiency, longer water heater lifespan, and best of all, hot water for all purposes. Your comfort this fall and winter is important, which is why our team of licensed plumbers offer personable customer service. If you have a question about water heaters, feel free to ask them and they will gladly provide you with an in-depth answer. Perhaps most importantly, they can ensure you will not have to deal with the wrong water heater ever again. Consider making the service call to ensure you have hot water in your home just in time for the colder months.

The Top 5 Factors You Need to Consider Before Installation

There may be plenty of reason why you are seeking a new water heater at this time of year. One of them may be water heater replacement, especially if you do not think your current water heater will be able to provide hot water for the entire fall and winter. If you just moved into a new home, you may need a new water heater that will guarantee hot water just as you are trying to settle in. Regardless of your situation, you should consider these 5 important factors before purchasing:

  1. Water Heater Type: The great thing about water heaters on today’s market is that they are available in many types, including:
    • Conventional Water Heating: The most popular model on the market, complete with a tank and all. The average conventional water heater can store up to 80 gallons of water, but the tank itself may risk physical damage and leaks.  
    • Tankless Water Heating: Done with the tank? Tankless water heaters improve energy efficiency and have longer lifespans, although they do generally have higher installation costs.
    • Solar Water Heater: This type of water heater is perfect if you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, as it will use less fuel that would potentially be environmentally harmful.
    • Indirect Water Heaters: This type will rely on your main furnace to heat up water through the exchanger in its storage tank. It can prevent the furnace from running so often, ultimately reducing energy consumption.
  2. Hot Water Needs: How will you benefit from water heater installation? Chances are, you need hot water for a wide range of day-to-day activities including dishwashing, laundry, showering, and even cooking. The type of water heater you install should match up with your hot water needs. If you live with family and have more plumbing fixtures in your home, you need to install the water heater meeting that scope of needs entirely.
  3. Size of Water Heater: A plumbing contractor from Stewart will inspect your home before beginning any installation work. That big, modern water heater may be alluring, but it may not fit within your home’s physical constraints. Plus, installing an improperly sized water heater can bring all sorts of trouble, including high energy bills and reoccurring breakdowns requiring emergency plumbing services.
  4. Type of Fuel: The two main types of water heater fuel are gas and electricity, although there are several water heaters on the market fueled by solar energy or propane. Gas will cost you more upfront with prices upward of $1,700, but will tend to be much more energy efficient than electricity. However, electricity will have a much longer lifespan and can avoid safety risks like gas leaks. You need to decide which fuel type aligns more with your needs.
  5. Water Heater Cost: You certainly do not want a water heater that will leave you with empty pockets, but that does not mean you should immediately go for the most cost-efficient option. Sometimes cost-efficiency does not equal efficient performance, as that lower-priced water heater can still result in high repair costs due to frequent malfunctioning. Costs will also vary depending on the type of water heater. For example, annual operation costs for tankless models are about $100 cheaper than conventional water heating.

In addition to any of these factors, you can consult with a plumbing contractor at Stewart to further cement your choice. A licensed professional will have the experience and technological know-how to guide you in the right direction. And as we mentioned earlier, it doesn’t hurt to ask for help. Like the old saying goes, there is no such thing as bad question.

Enjoy Warm Water During Cold Months With A Water Heater Installation

Contact Stewart Plumbing today so you can guarantee a steady flow of hot water in your home this fall thanks to our water heater installation!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

5 Common Types of Water Heater Repair in Memphis

5 Common Types of Water Heater Repair in Memphis

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  • Water Heaters

If your home’s water heater is aging, then it might be time to call a plumber for water heater repair in Memphis.

You Need Water Heater Repair in Memphis When . . .

If you’re like most of us, you hate cold showers. Problem is, that’s just one of the issues you could be faced with if your water heater isn’t working properly. What follows are five common types of water heater repair:

  1. The water heater is overheated. If you can hear boiling sounds emitting from your water heater’s storage tank, it’s a sign the water is overheating. When the water starts to boil, the pressure in the tank will build up and can cause it to explode. This is a highly dangerous situation! Get everyone out of the home and call your plumber immediately!
  2. There’s no hot water. The direct opposite—no hot water—isn’t dangerous at all, thankfully. However, it’s inconvenient and unpleasant. It usually indicates a problem with the heating element.
  3. The heater doesn’t provide consistently hot water. This is usually a problem with the thermostat. When that’s broken, it won’t be able to signal correctly to the heating element whether it needs to provide more hot water.
  4. The storage tank is leaking. This is a big problem and needs to be addressed immediately in order to avoid water damage. In some cases, the tank can be repaired, but in others, it will need to be replaced entirely.
  5. The water smells terrible. This can happen if you have a build-up of bacteria inside the tank or on the anode rod. Note that these bacteria can be very dangerous—one can be legionella, which can make you sick and, in some cases, even be fatal. Your water heater needs to be thoroughly cleaned, preferably by a professional.

Call Stewart Plumbing for Water Heater Repair in Memphis

If you notice any of these issues with your water heater, then call the team of expert plumbers here at Stewart Plumbing. We have the expertise and equipment to provide you with quick, cost-effective repairs. So don’t wait: call Stewart Plumbing today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

How Can Tankless Water Heating in Memphis Improve Efficiency in Your Home?

How Can Tankless Water Heating in Memphis Improve Efficiency in Your Home?

  • Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters have many benefits. Improved efficiency is one of them, but you’ll certainly find that these systems help to lower water and energy bills and reduce the time it takes for hot water to come out of the faucet. They also take up less room than conventional water heaters. When it comes to tankless water heating, Memphis homeowners have other advantages in regards to efficiency.

First, tankless heaters operate only when you need water. There’s no storage tank where heated water is kept for an indefinite amount of time. The unit activates when the tap is turned on. Cold water flows through the water heater which is now working due to an activated flow sensor. This cold water surrounds a heat exchanger which raises it to a set temperature.

With tankless water heating, Memphis residents also save as much as 35 percent on annual home energy costs. Also, it’s about 30% more efficient than a water heater with a tank of about 50 gallons. The amount of water it can deliver depends on capacity. Some units can heat five to seven gallons of hot water every minute. Directly connected to the water supply, tankless water heaters never run dry. The flow runs continuously and you’re especially at an advantage if you typically run one faucet at a time.

In some cases, you might use half as much energy than a conventional tank unit. A typical family might save $100 or more each year. The actual savings, however, depends on the amount of water you use.

Tankless water heaters usually run on natural gas or propane. Your home will need the appropriate ventilation so installation might be on the expensive side. The efficiency savings are undeniable particularly if you can afford a professional installer for reliable and efficient tankless water heating Memphis can now depend upon.

With these water heaters, homeowners in Memphis can find extra storage space. Sometimes they can be mounted on a wall. You’ll also find long term efficiency. The systems for tankless water heating, Memphis homeowners have may last 20 years or more and have long warrantees. You’ll therefore continue to enjoy the efficiency while saving on costs and service.

If you’re convinced a tankless water heater is right for you, and its performance meets all of your needs, contact Stewart Plumbing today for professional, same-day service.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

5 Important Factors to Consider Before Water Heater Installation in Memphis

5 Important Factors to Consider Before Water Heater Installation in Memphis

  • Water Heaters

Looking for water heater installation in Memphis? Then you need to take the right steps to ensure you’re receiving the right water heater to keep the whole family happy. All too often, homeowners will rush through the buying process when looking to install a water heater, leaving them with a water heater that is simply not a good fit for their home and unable to meet their hot water demands. If you want to avoid falling into this trap, please take installation into serious consideration before you make a final purchase.

Another mistake made during water heater installation in Memphis is not hiring a licensed professional to do the job, leaving you with a poorly installed water heater that will give you more headaches than hot water. If you want to ensure you’re getting the right water heater installed by a professional, the team at Stewart Plumbing is here to help you out!  We can consult with you on model types, tank sizes, installation costs, and more. When you work with us, you’re getting the water heater that’s absolutely perfect!

Water Heater Installation in Memphis: 5 Important Factors

Before you install a water heater, think of the following 5 factors playing into your purchase.

  1. Water Heater Type: Tankless water heating is becoming a much more popular option for many homeowners due to their improved energy efficiency and longer lifespan. Tankless water heating, however, is three times more expensive to install than conventional water heating, and it’s important to consider storage type based on what you can realistically afford.
  2. Annual Operating Costs: You also need to consider how much your water heater will cost to operate on an annual basis. Any water heater that rises the costs of energy bills and adds a layer of financial stress to your everyday life is definitely not for you, especially if you’re already in a tight financial situation.
  3. Determine Tank Size: Having the tank properly sized by a professional will you land a water heater that can meet your home’s heating demands. A rookie water heating contractor may not conduct measurements, so always be sure to ask first!
  4. Get Details in Writing: Make sure a contractor will give you a clearer sense of the costs on installation, determine if the installer will charge for removing old water heaters, and see if the installer will vent the water heater.
  5. Conduct Internet Research: Like seemingly anything these days, the Internet is your one true friend for finding the right service company to install your water heater. Look up customer reviews on sites like Yelp! to get a feel for a contractor’s quality of work. Also be sure to check out their website, if applicable.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today if you want water heater installation in Memphis, especially if you’ve considered the 5 factors above!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

How Can You Find the Best Warranty with Water Heater Installation in Memphis?

How Can You Find the Best Warranty with Water Heater Installation in Memphis?

  • Water Heaters

A steady flow of hot water is just what you need to keep the whole family happy this season. You may not even realize just how much you rely on hot water to get you through the day whether it be showering, cooking, cleaning, and more! Water heater installation in Memphis should be atop your holiday to-do list if you haven’t done so already but of course, it’s more than just finding the right water heater. It’s finding the right warranty for that water heater warranty. You need support that will give you hot water without it costing you a wallet’s worth of money!

Stewart Plumbing is here to make sure everything during the water heater installation process is done correctly. We hate to see our customers not reap the full benefits of their water heating, and we make our mission to see you with a warranty that won’t leave you feeling ripped off by your water heater. But how exactly do you go about finding the right water heater warranty? Fortunately, that’s where we come in!

3 Tips on Warranties for Water Heater Installation in Memphis

When you’re making that sort of investment, you’ll want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Here are three rules to follow when inquiring about a water heater warranty:
1. Avoid Warranties from Big Box Companies– You don’t want a big box company like Home Depot and Lowe’s to cover your warranty. Home improvement franchises include the potential for failed items in their costs, which allows a certain percentage of their clients to be set up for failure. In short, they don’t have your interests at heart. Make sure your warranty comes from the manufacturer of your product and the plumber doing installation.
2. Consider Storage Type Lifespan– The average lifespan of a standard, tank-type water heater is about 8 to 12 years. However, for many people who have well water or live in parts of the country where water hardness is a naturally occurring problem, they can expect that ideal lifespan to be reduced. Conventional storage tanks can also suffer from rust, corrosion, dents, and other damage. If you’re looking for something that will last you longer,
3. Look Out for Workmanship Warranties – When you choose to have your water heater installed by our company, you’re guaranteed to be getting the finest product available. Our skill is our pride, and quality is our tradition. Still, you should always expect at least a one-year workmanship warranty no matter who does your installation. This ensures you’re covered in the event that your water heater fails to meet efficiency standards due to poor installation.
For water heater installation in Memphis done right, trust the company with the best warranties in the business. Call Stewart Plumbing today and we’ll help you land the right water heater with the right warranty!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

5 Tips for Water Heater Maintenance in Memphis

5 Tips for Water Heater Maintenance in Memphis

  • Water Heaters

If you’re looking to ensure greater water heater performance this fall, then consider water heater maintenance in Memphis! We’ll soon be experiencing cooler temperatures here in Memphis in the upcoming months, and you’ll undoubtedly be relying on your water heater to get you through the season. But without maintaining it, your water heater may bust during the season’s coldest days, leaving you without comforting hot water for showers, laundry, and dish washing.

It’s best you seek professional care, and you can find great water heater maintenance in Memphis at Stewart plumbing. Our team of water heating experts can survey your water heater for any potential problems that grow worse without professional attention. We can also test all of your plumbing fixtures to make sure you’re receiving a steady flow of hot water for all of them!

Water Heater Maintenance in Memphis: 5 Tips

Sometimes all it takes to ensure your water heater is working by doing some maintenance work of your own. That’s right: you have the power to keep your water heating system up and running! Here are 5 tips to maintain your water heater:

  1. Make a Clear Path. Sometimes water heaters can be in hard to reach places, like hiding away in the corner of your basement or attic, so make sure you have a clear path to it in case of an emergency. If you have a gas-powered unit, it’s also helpful for it to get enough oxygen so it can sustain a proper level of efficiency.
  2. Know What Fuels Your Water Heater. Different types of water heaters include those run by natural gas, electricity or propane. Storage tanks and tankless water heaters operate on different fuel. Also pay attention to things like model number and age to know what type of fuel your water heater can handle.
  3. Locate Shutoff Valve: Get familiar with its power supply in case of an emergency, like a leak or if you smell gas. You’ll want to shut off your main gas valve and water shutoff valve, so make sure you know their locations. This is especially important to know during an emergency situation.
  4. Drain Your Water Heater Annually. Flush out your water heater utilizing the drain valve into a 5-gallon bucket. You risk a higher chance of sediment contamination if you do not drain water regularly, making your water dangerous to consume and use for daily activities.
  5. Check Thermostat: Your water heater’s thermostat is responsible for keeping hot water at a temperature that comforts you. However, it can malfunction sooner than you realize. Please check the thermostat often and change the temperature so it keeps everyone in your household satisfied.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today for water heater maintenance in Memphis and as always, follow these 5 tips!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

How Does Tankless Water Heating in Memphis Improve Efficiency?

How Does Tankless Water Heating in Memphis Improve Efficiency?

  • Water Heaters

Tankless water heating in Memphis is your best chance at receiving water heating that manages to be efficient in all areas.  When you have a water with storage tank, you may be adding more stress to your life than necessary. Storage tanks can encounter problems such as water contamination, rust, corrosion, leaks, and cracks. Worst of all, storage tanks can drain you of hard-earned savings that will go to repair, maintenance, and replacement services. Though storage tanks can provide you with an ample amount of hot water, you have to admit they can bring troubles you don’t need.

Stewart Plumbing offers tankless water heating so you’re receiving hot water that doesn’t leave you with an empty wallet. We truly value the comfort of our customers, and part of that is making sure they are equipped with highly-efficient hot water for showering, cooking, and cleaning. We’ll make sure to install the latest tankless water heating in your home at a fair price!

How Can Tankless Water Heating in Memphis Help You?

Tankless water heating in Memphis improves efficiency in more than just one area. Here 3 major ways it’s saving you time, money, and effort:

  1. Energy Efficiency: Storage tanks, especially if they’re old, will use up more energy to heat water for all plumbing fixtures. While it still may perform better than ever, your monthly energy bills can rack up to unbearable levels. Worse, you’re wasting valuable energy than can be saved and used for other purposes. Tankless water heaters use up less energy to heat water due to their smaller size and longer lifespan.
  2. Water Efficiency: When storage tanks begin to leak, they waste gallons of water, raising the cost of your water bills and leaving you with less hot water for your plumbing fixtures. Tankless water heaters don’t face the possibility of leaks, and will even shut off when nobody in your home is using hot water. Tankless water heating is quickly becoming one of the leading appliances in water conservation.
  3. Cost Efficiency: Above all else, this is the most important type of efficiency. Water heating shouldn’t have to come at a hefty price that leaves your wallet totally empty. Tankless water heating will keep stress over financing to an all-time low and allow you to enjoy water heating while remaining free from the threat of high costs.

Contact Stewart Plumbing today to experience the next level of efficient water heating by installing tankless water heating in Memphis!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

New Water Heater Regulations in Memphis

New Water Heater Regulations in Memphis

  • Water Heaters

Are you in the market for a new water heater in Memphis? Then it’s important that you know the ins and outs of the new federal water heater regulations and how they’ll affect you.

New Water Heater Regulations

On April 16, 2015, the new guidelines for water heater issued by the U.S. Department of Energy go into effect. These guidelines are intended to improve the energy-efficiency of American households and help reduce our nation’s overall energy consumption. In order to do this, the newest model water heaters have better insulation, as well as more effective heating elements. So how does this work in practice?

For homes with water heaters with a storage tank of up to 55 gallons, the new replacement models will be an estimated four percent more energy efficient. Due to the new insulation requirements, they’ll also be about 2 inches larger than the old models.

If you’re looking to replace a water heater with a storage tank of more than 55 gallons, the new model will be considerably more energy efficient. However, it will also be significantly larger. This might mean that you need to find a different location in your home to install it.

Tankless Water Heater

If you’re looking for the most energy-efficient option to heat your water, why not consider a tankless water heater? This type of appliance heats water on demand when the hot water faucet is open, thereby eliminating the need to keep a large tank full of water heated. This saves considerably on energy costs. Moreover, you never run out of hot water, so cold showers are a thing of the past! Last, but certainly not least, a tankless water heater is much smaller than a conventional model, making it easier to find a good location in the home to install it.

Ask the Experts

As always, the experts at Stewart Plumbing are available to help you determine what type of water heater is the best option for your home. And of course, when you’ve made your purchase, we can quickly and efficiently remove your old appliance and install your new one with the minimum amount of hassle for you and your family.

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Memphis: 5 Reasons You Should Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater

Memphis: 5 Reasons You Should Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater

  • Water Heaters

When considering installing a tankless water heater, Memphis residents are advised to inform themselves of how this type of appliance can benefit them. Let’s face it: many of us have relied on conventional storage water heaters to provide our homes with hot water all our lives. So switching to an on-demand heater is a big step, especially when you consider that they’re more expensive to purchase than most conventional appliances. To properly inform you of all the advantages of a tankless water heater, we’ve listed five reasons you should upgrade to one.

5 Reasons to Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater:

  • Longer life. A tankless appliance might be a larger investment up front, but it also typically has a lifespan of over 20 years. That’s seven years longer than that of a conventional storage water.
  • Unlimited hot water. Unlike storage water heaters that run out of hot water when the tank is empty, on demand appliances provide a steady, unlimited flow of hot water. The reason for this is that the water is heated immediately before it flows to the open faucet. And that means that you can shower as long as you like without losing hot water!
  • Energy savings. Because a tankless appliance doesn’t have to keep a large tank full of water heated at all times, it costs less energy. Depending on how much hot water your household uses, it can result in an energy savings of between 8 and 50% compared to conventional devices. And reduced energy savings results in a smaller carbon footprint, which means you’re helping the environment.
  • Cost savings. As a result of reduced energy use, you’ll also see increased savings on your energy bill. According to Energy.gov, most households can save as much as $100 per year on hot water costs by installing an on-demand water heater.
  • Space savings. A waterless appliance is much more compact than a conventional water heater. For homes where every square foot counts, this can make a huge difference in terms of usable space.

 

And remember: if you decide to upgrade to a tankless water heater, the experts at Stewart Plumbing are here to help!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Tankless Water Heaters-Memphis

Tankless Water Heaters-Memphis

  • Water Heaters

Stewart Plumbing- The Tankless Investment

Why get a tankless water heater?  Our blog on Friday discussed some of the benefits, but when you get right down to is, how is this purchase going to affect your wallet? Is it would the cost of installation? Well, the first step is to stop thinking about tankless so much as a “purchase” and to start thinking of it as an investment in energy efficiency.  At Stewart Plumbing, we want to make sure every home in Memphis has access to the superior quality and savings of a tankless unit, so let’s talk numbers.  What do you spend, and what do you get in return?

The Original Cost

Depending on what fuel-type you decide on (electric or natural-gas fired) as well as where you have your tankless installed (interior/exterior, whole-house vs. point-of-use), the labor, geography, and equipment of a tankless could cost up to $1,100 per heater.  With Stewart, we’ll try to save you as much as possible while still ensuring that you get a reliable, long-lasting system.  If you call now, you’ll receive a free consultation and an up-front estimate, so you’ll know exactly what you’re paying  before we start.  But yes, we realize that the cost is sizeable!  Can tankless really save you that much? Let’s look a bit closer.

What You’ll Save on Replacement Costs

With constant maintenance, a storage tank water heater will need a tank replacement in about 8 to 10 years of use.  For most Memphis homeowners, however, that average is close to 4 to 7 years due to hard water damage, lack of regular up-keep, and other issues that inevitably arise.  That means that in 30 years, you could be paying for four tank replacements or more.  Tankless heaters last up to 20 years with maintenance and they never require tank replacements, so you won’t need to worry about paying for labor and replacement for the full life of the machine.  Tankless water heaters come with flexible warranties for your convenience.

What You’ll Save on Energy Costs

A conventional water heater runs at about 60% efficiency: that means that less than 2/3rds of the energy your pay for actually goes into heating your water.  This is partially because tank-type heaters store water at a pre-set temperature, so your water is being constantly heated even when you aren’t using it.  With a tankless water heating system, energy efficiency is closer to 95%, meaning an up to 35% increase!  Each year, a tankless water heater will save you $100 on your energy bill just by using your energy more efficiently.  That means that you could cover the cost of installation in just 10 years.

So what are you water for?  Call the Stewart Plumbing professionals for a free consultation today.

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Tankless Water Heater Maintenance in Memphis

Tankless Water Heater Maintenance in Memphis

  • Plumbing
  • Water Heaters

Flushing the System Annually Helps Maintain Efficiency

Much like other home appliances, your tankless water heater needs some regular maintenance in order to have a long and useful life. But, what’s required for a tankless is much easier than what the maintenance looks like for a conventional water heater.

Here at Stewart Plumbing, we want to help make sure that your tankless system lasts you a full 20 years and consistently works as efficiently as possible. So, not only will we be there when you need a cleaning, but we will also provide you with all the information you need about system maintenance.

Tankless Water Heater Maintenance Frequency

Most tankless manufacturers suggest at least an annual cleaning of your system, but because the methods used to flush out your system are safe, you can realistically clean it as often as you see fit.

A good rule of thumb, though: If you have more than one tankless water heater in your home, it’d be a smart idea to put them on a rotating maintenance schedule so both aren’t out of commission at the same time.

Types of Tankless Maintenance

There are two activities that should be done to maintain a tankless: a flush out of the system and a cleaning of the intake screens.

  1. Cleaning the intake screens: To do this, unscrew the intake pipes and clean the screen of any paper or putty that has been caught in the wire mesh. Periodically check the inlet line to ensure it remains clear.
  2. Flushing the system: Disconnect the power supply from the water heater and close the main valve handles. Locate the purge port on the cold and hot water valves and slowly open the drain caps. Once that’s done, the manufacturer should have specific directions for moving forward. After you complete the flushing, make sure the purge port valves are closed, remove the lines, and re-install the purge port drain caps. Only after all of this is done should you try to restart the water heater.

For more information on maintaining your tankless water heater, or to set up an appointment to have a Stewart Plumbing technician  perform it for you, give our office a call today!

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Tankless Water Heaters in Memphis

Tankless Water Heaters in Memphis

  • Plumbing
  • Water Heaters

Energy Savings, More Space, and Great ROI

You may have heard about tankless water heaters from a friend or family member that has one. And surely, if they have already gone through the installation process, they are enjoying every second of having one in their home. But why? What about tankless water heaters makes them so great?

10 Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

  1. Endless hot water: Perhaps its greatest feature, tankless water heaters provide endless hot water. Because there’s no storage tank, you no longer have to wait for water to heat up.
  2. No flooding: Again, due to the absence of a storage tank, a tankless unit will not leak water when it needs repairs.
  3. Longer life: A tankless water heater will give you 15-20 good years, while a conventional system is pushed to its limit at about 12.
  4. No sediment or odor: Sediment is formed at the bottom of a storage tank and is often what leads to the conventional water heater’s demise. With a tankless, though, you won’t see this problem – or experience any funny odor smells in your water.
  5. Consistent temperature: There won’t be any cold water entering the stream because water passes over a heating element before reaching the tap. This way, you consistently get the same temperature every time you request it.
  6. Energy efficiency: Do you know what it means for a water heater to have an efficiency rating? We’ll break it down for you. In a conventional water heater, generally the highest efficiency rating is about 75%. This means that 75% of its energy is being used to heat the water, and 25% is being wasted. In a tankless, up to 95% of the energy is used – so les is wasted and you save money!
  7. More space: Because most tankless units are only about the size of a carry on suitcase, you can fit them almost anywhere in your home (that makes sense!) – a closet, on the wall, etc. No more big, bulky, tanks taking up all your space.
  8. Great for resale:  The more “modern conveniences” you have in your home, the better resale value you’ll receive.
  9. No cracks or leaks: The most common way traditional water heaters leak is through cracks in the tank. Because you don’t have a tank, you won’t be experiencing any leaks coming directly from the tankless.
  10. Big return on investment: When you first hear the installation cost of a tankless, it might surprise you. But, keep listening – over the course of its life (so 20 years), you will save upwards of $1700 in energy costs alone. This doesn’t even include the money you will save from not having to replace a traditional one, since the tankless lasts longer!

For more information on tankless water heaters, or to request a consultation, call Stewart Plumbing today!

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Tankless Water Heater Options in Memphis

Tankless Water Heater Options in Memphis

  • Water Heaters

Stewart Plumbing- Understanding Your Tankless Water Heater Options

A tankless water heater can save you time, money, and headaches by providing an endless stream of hot water to your home.  Without a storage tank, you won’t need to worry about (1) running out of warm water after several people take showers, (2) spending extra on your utility bill to cover energy waste from constant heating, and (3) having to replace expensive parts after tanks malfunction.  If you’re considering tankless, you’re already ahead of the game.

But now that you’re looking into this more advanced technology, you and the service professionals at Stewart Plumbing will have to make a decision based on your budget, preferences, and the structure of your home: what fuel-source will your tankless water heater use?  There are multiple pros and cons regarding different types of tankless water heaters, and some houses are better suited for certain systems.  There are two main distinctions in the tankless world:

Gas vs. Electric

Your tankless water heater will be saving you money and tightening your energy efficiency either way.  Generally speaking, a tankless water heater can be over 30% more efficient than conventional tank-type!  Still, a gas-fired tankless will produce even higher flow rates than the already superior electric ones.  The installation for gas powered is more expensive, but the savings on your energy bill will eventually make up for that extra cost (after all, a tankless heating system is more of an investment than a singular purchase).  If you want to capitalize on the extremely powerful natural gas system, you’ll need to make sure that your Memphis household is near a gas line and capable of being properly ventilated.  Sometimes, though, electric is a better fit.  Consult a Stewart Plumbing technician for reliable and knowledgeable recommendations as well as an up-front estimate.

Whole House vs. Point-of-Use

Can your tankless water heater deliver hot water to your entire home?  In most cases, the answer is yes, and a whole-house system is the easiest option.  However, in particularly larger houses or households with many occupants (think 3 to 5 active children) than may use upwards of 50 gallons a day, your best bet may be to install separate, smaller tankless units directly targeted towards certain, heavy-use faucets.  The tankless design is compact and can be stored in a closet or below a sink, as opposed to unsightly tankless units which can really only go in the basement.  Point-of-use water heaters act as back-ups so you never have to water about your heating being anything less than constantly reliable.

Call Stewart Plumbing to see what tankless is right for you!  Request your free consultation today.

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By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Water Heater Repair Memphis

Water Heater Repair Memphis

  • Plumbing
  • Water Heaters

Leak From the Tank Usually Means Replacement is Necessary

 

If you are having hot water problems in your home, we’re willing to bet the first thing you do is check to see if your water heater is working. You head on over to it’s location and notice a pool of water at the base. Now what?

Well, it certainly explains your temperature problems, but now you have a water heater leak to deal with. Unfortunately, there are a number of ways a water heater can leak. It’s important for you, as a homeowner, to understand the differences because in some cases water heater leaks call for a bit more than a repair.

Water Heater Leak Causes

  1. Temperature and pressure valve: The whole purpose of the temperature and pressure valve is to release water if there is too much pressure in the tank or if the water gets too hot. The water that it releases goes down a tube purposely directed at the floor. But, if you see water pooling at the bottom of your water heater, check the inside of the discharge tube for any moisture. If there is some, you know it’s because the valve is faulty or because there is too much pressure in the tank.
  2. Leak from the tank: This is the most common cause of water heater leaks and, sadly, it does typically result in needing a replacement. When water leaks from the tank, it means that there is something wrong internally. Most often, it’s because sediment has built up to the point of rusting and cracking the tank.
  3. Drain valve: The drain valve, located at the bottom of the tank, is used to remove any built up sediment. If it’s faulty or if it’s not tight enough, it will begin to leak water. This is actually a very fixable problem, only having to replace the single drain valve to get the water heater back to working like normal.

 

Stewart Plumbing will do a thorough check of your unit to determine the cause and go over with you the best course of action for repair. Whether it’s a repair or a replacement, our team promises to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Call us today!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Why You Should Switch to a Tankless Water Heater in Memphis

Why You Should Switch to a Tankless Water Heater in Memphis

  • Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heaters Provide Money Saving Benefits

 

If you’ve only ever had a traditional-style water heater, then you may be wondering why you should even bother to switch to a tankless type now. Well, wonder no more.

Our team here at Stewart Plumbing feels strongly about the benefits families will receive when they switch to tankless and we want you to be one of those families that get to enjoy them.

Benefits of Switching to a Tankless Water Heater

  1. Money savings: Tankless systems don’t waste money like traditional systems do. Because tankless units heat water on an “as needed” basis, you are only paying for hot water that’s used – not the estimated use of hot water. Switching from traditional to tankless can save you up to 30% on energy costs each year.
  2. Longer life: Tankless systems last an estimated five to ten years longer than traditional units.
  3. No flooding: There is no tank filled up with water, so nothing can become ruptured and leak.
  4. More hot water: Sick of being the last one to shower and have the water be cold each and every time? That problem can be eased with a tankless water heater. Water heats as it passes over a heating element, so you will always have hot water.
  5. Environmentally friendly: Electric tankless water heaters don’t produce greenhouse gases so you will be able to use as much water as you want without worrying about harming the environment.
  6. Space savings: Tankless units can be installed pretty much anywhere, since they are way smaller than traditional tanks. No more bulky, ugly water heaters taking up space.

 

Tankless water heaters do cost more initially upon installation, but the amount of money you will save over the course of its life outweighs that cost.

At Stewart Plumbing, your home comfort is our number one concern, and we can assure you that you’ll always be comfortable with a tankless water heater. Call us today for more information, or to schedule an appointment!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Memphis Plumbing Experts Answer Your Water Heater FAQs

Memphis Plumbing Experts Answer Your Water Heater FAQs

  • Water Heaters

How Much Do You Know About Your Water Heater?

 

You have your thing, and we have ours. At Stewart Plumbing our expertise lies in water heaters. We are experts in water heater maintenance, repair, and installation, and we’re here to help you learn everything you need to know about these everyday appliances.

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions surrounding water heaters, and we’d like to share the answers with you. Maybe, after reading this post, water heaters will be your “thing,” too.

Water Heater Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are all water heater companies the same? If you need a quick, inexpensive fix sometimes renting a water heater is a good solution. When renting a water heater, it’s smart to know who your service provider is and exactly what you are signing up for. Keep these questions in mind before signing a contract – What company do you represent? How long is the contract for? Are there charges to exit the contract if I’m unhappy? And how long have you been in the water heater business?
  2. What size water heater should I choose? There are a number of different factors to consider when deciding on the size water heater you need, one of them being the size of your family. If, for example, your family has grown in size since you purchased the home and/or water heater, you probably aren’t getting enough hot water. This means you should probably think about getting a larger tank to accommodate all of your needs. The opposite goes for a family that has downsized. You could be paying for a bigger tank without needing to, and that wastes money.
  3. Why do I smell rotten eggs coming from my water heater? That rotten egg odor is caused by bacteria forming on the anode rod. At that point, your best bet would be to replace that part.
  4. Can I lower my water temperature? There are some shower heads and faucets out there that offer a feature that helps prevent scalding by shutting off the water if the temperature exceeds 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Another option you have is to install a master mixing valve at the hot water line coming out of your unit that will allow your water to stay at 140 degrees, but deliver the water at less than 122.
  5. How do I know when it’s time to replace my water heater? Rust colored hot water, moisture around the base of the tank, and inconsistent or inefficient hot water are a few ways you will know if it’s time for a replacement.
  6. Should I purchase a gas or electric water heater? While we can’t tell you what’s best for your family, we can offer some benefits of both. Natural gas water heaters are less expensive to operate, and tend to last longer. Electric ones are cleaner and can be installed in more enclosed areas. Whichever you choose, though, Stewart Plumbing can install either of them!
  7. What is the purpose of the red reset button on my electric water heater? The red button is the temperature safety control and it pops out when the water temperature in the tank has gone up to an unsafe level. Pushing that button only serves as a temporary solution, and you will probably end up needing to replace the faulty part in the end.
  8. What is a tankless water heater? In short, a tankless water heater is an “on demand” type of system. This means that water is only used and heated as needed so you don’t pay astronomical heating costs.
  9. Why do water heaters make so much noise? Actually, water heaters shouldn’t be making that much noise, so if yours is that means something is wrong. Typically, a loud banging sound means you have a sediment buildup inside your tank that needs to be flushed out.
  10. How hot is the water in my heater? It’s suggested by manufacturers that you keep your water heater at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, and most systems come preset that way.
  11. Is it beneficial to drain my water heater? Absolutely! Manufacturers suggest that you drain it on a six month basis to keep sediment from building up.

 

So, do you feel like an expert yet? If not, feel free to call us at Stewart Plumbing today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions, or schedule a water heater maintenance, repair, or replacement appointment!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Plumber: When is it Time for Water Heater Replacement?

Ask a Memphis Plumber: When is it Time for Water Heater Replacement?

  • Water Heaters

At Stewart Plumbing, we see a lot of water heaters on their last legs. In fact, we are often shocked that the rusted out hunk of metal before us is even still functioning! But most water heaters are tough, durable pieces of equipment so homeowners will hang on to them as long as they are still working. But how do you know when it’s time for water heater replacement?

The easy answer is that most water heaters last between 12 and 15 years.  You can typically extend this lifespan with regular, professional maintenance plans.

Signs It’s Time for Water Heater Replacement

  • Water rapidly changing from hot to cold
  • Fluctuating water pressure
  • Frequent leaks
  • Pools of water surrounding your water heater
  • Diminished water quality (noticeable rust or sediment)
  • Frequent audible noise and clanking sounds

Yes, some of these symptoms may be repairable, but the problem remains that repeated repairs may ultimately prove more costly than a new water heater installation.  If your water heater is over 15 years old, it’s a safe bet that any repairs will only be followed by more repairs and more cash.

If you have decided to purchase a new water heater, we suggest considering a few things that may help make the transition easier.

Get a warranty on service and products: Make sure you work with a plumbing company that provides warranties on parts and service.  There is a lot of competition out there vying for your business, so make sure you find an affordable service provider you can trust.

Consider installing a tankless water heater: While more costly up-front, tankless water heaters will more than likely save you money in the long run.  They take up less space and use significantly less energy.

Maintain your water heater: Ensure that your new water heater lasts a long time by frequently and properly maintaining it.  Don’t have time?  Stewart Plumbing provides convenient annual service maintenance agreements you can pay for in advance.

Don’t let your old water heater waste time, energy, and money. Know when it’s time for replacement. Make the right move and get a new water heater installation with Stewart Plumbing. 

By Kaitlyn Manktelow

Ask a Memphis Plumber: All About Tankless Water Heaters

Ask a Memphis Plumber: All About Tankless Water Heaters

  • Water Heaters

At Stewart Plumbing, 2013 was a big year for tankless water heaters. Memphis homeowners have really begun getting behind this technology. For the past 12 months, no matter the season, our customer service reps were fielding questions about tankless water heaters–what they are, how they work and what they can do for you and your family.

What makes tankless water heaters so popular?

First let’s take a look at how conventional or ‘tanked’ water heaters work and how tankless models have improved on them in virtually every conceivable way.  Conventional water heaters are equipped with a large storage tank that is always full of continuously heated water. The main drawback of conventional models is that they must burn fuel around the clock to ensure hot water is always just a turn of the faucet away. That means when you and your family are out of the house, at work or school, it’s heating. When you’re out for dinner and a movie, it’s heating.  While you’re on vacation enjoying the beach somewhere, you guessed it, it’s still heating.  Not the most cost effective path to hot water, is it?

Start paying for hot water only when you want it.

Tankless water heaters are often called ‘on-demand’ or ‘instant’ because they only burn fuel periodically. When you’re ready for a hot shower or a bowl of warm soup, your water is ready too—all at the press of a button. The ‘on demand’ capabilities of tankless water heaters allows the homeowner to drastically reduce the large amounts of energy and water normally expended by their conventional counterparts.

The price is right to upgrade your in-home hot water experience today!

While the initial cost purchase and installation of a tankless water heater typically runs a bit higher than conventional models, most new owners see a return on their investment within just a few years.

Tankless water heaters benefits:

  • Lower water usage by 20%
  • Save up to 60% of water heating energy
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 60%
  • Improve home aesthetics and save space
  • Operate even if other hot water related appliances are running simultaneously

If you are looking to upgrade your Memphis home to a tankless water heater, look no further than Stewart Plumbing. Call today to learn more or to schedule an in-home consulation!

By Kaitlyn Manktelow