First Call Plumbing Offer Tips for Choosing the Right Water Heater for …

December 9, 2012 by  
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Ft Worth, TX (PRWEB) December 08, 2012

The holiday season seems to be the time of year that water heaters spring a leak. Gone are the days of simple choices of hot water heaters. First Call Plumbers offers Ft Worth homeowners money saving tips to help you choose the right one.

The rising cost of electricity and natural gas have promoted the development of new technologies in the water heater industry. The plumbers from First Call Plumbing in Ft Worth are trained and experienced in all the latest water heater breakthroughs that will save Ft Worth residents money and provided all the hot water needed.

Water Heater Choices

Homeowners and commercial property managers in Ft Worth, TX now have choices when it comes to making hot water. Many of these options did not exist a few years ago.

First Call Plumbers offers much more than the standard, builder’s grade, storage tank water heater. Cheap water heaters are the type that most plumbers will quote in their advertising. But, they cost more to operate according to consumer groups and the experience of First Call Plumbers.

Plumbers are not salesmen so they don’t do a good job of explaining why it’s not wise to buy a cheap water heater. On the other hand, a top rated plumber wants a well educated client and will do whatever it takes to help homeowners and commercial property managers learn that they need to know about today’s water heaters.

Types of Water Heaters Available in Ft Worth

Residents of Ft Worth can get a water heater that will produce unlimited amounts of hot water. They are known as a tankless water heaters. Homeowners can have a solar water heater installed with a back-up gas or electric storage tank water heater. And there are heat pump assisted, electric and gas water heaters known as hybrid water heaters. All of these will lower the cost of making hot water, but at a steep, up-front price.

The bottom line is that First Call Plumbing’s experience has shown that paying a few dollars more for a upgraded, storage tank water heater is the best option for most families in Ft Worth.

Upgrading to a tankless water heater is a viable option for families that use large quantities of hot water, but the upfront costs are much higher than a storage tank unit. Solar and hybrid technology are good for special situations.

First Call Plumbers of Ft Worth believes that now is a good time to to do some research. Homeowners should research the different types of water heaters available before the old one starts leaking. Call a local plumbing contractor and have them do a site inspection to see what the actual costs would be to upgrade to a tankless or even a solar water heater.

Brands to research include:

1. GE
2. A.O. Smith
3. State Industries
4. Rheem
5. Rinnai
6. Noritz
7. Navien
8. Bosch

Top Savings Tip: Spending a Few Dollars More Buys a Lot More Water Heater

Water heater warranties vary for 3 to 12 years. When choosing to stick with a conventional, storage tank water heater, First Call Plumber in Ft Worth suggests going with a model that has the longer warranty. They cost just a little more than the cheap, builder’s grade model.

An upgrade water heater will have better heating elements, in the case of electric water heaters, or better burners, in gas water heaters. This will greatly speed the recovery time, making more hot water available. They should also have more insulation, also lowering utility costs.

Heating water for residential usage represents the second largest consumption of energy in the home, right behind heating and air conditioning. First Call Plumbers also says to look for the ENERGY STAR® label. The DOE established the ENERGY STAR® program for residential water heaters. City Plumber offers a wide variety of models that are ENERGY STAR® qualified.

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