“Wait, tankless water heaters need maintenance too?” As a matter of fact, yes!

No matter what type of water heater you have installed in your home, it can suffer from something called scaling. Scaling is the mineral buildup that results in a noisy system as well as pressure problems, temperature fluctuations, and potentially even water heater corrosion. Tank water heaters go through a scaling process in order to eliminate this problem, but the process is different for their tankless counterparts.

THE IMPACT OF SCALING ON A TANKLESS WATER HEATER

Scaling impacts a tankless system much like it affects a standard tank water heater, and therefore by neglecting maintenance, you could find yourself facing a water heater replacement sooner rather than later.

Calcium and magnesium are the minerals that cause this scaling phenomenon, and while they aren’t harmful for you to ingest, they are harmful to every aspect of your plumbing system—with your tankless water heater being no exception.

This mineral buildup is what we’re referring to when we talk about scaling. It has an effect on the heat exchanger portion of your tankless water heater. As you may know, the heat exchanger is the component that’s actually responsible for heating the water to begin with. You need this component to be clean so it can effectively heat the water. Scaling makes your burners work harder and can overwork a tankless system completely.

ABOUT THAT TUNE-UP

So, when should you schedule tankless water heater maintenance? The short answer is, “it depends.” For tankless water heaters in some communities, annual maintenance is a must to keep the system running smoothly throughout its entire lifespan. For others, though, maintenance can usually wait a couple of years.

How do you know the difference? Well, by having your home tested to see how bad the hard water is in your area. In some parts of the country, and even in different parts of the state, mineral deposits can be more prevalent. A professional plumber in Bergenfield, NJ will be happy to check for hardness, but you may be able to tell on your own. If you notice a chalky white or yellow buildup around faucets or drains, you likely have hard water putting your tankless system at risk.

“WHEN SHOULD I REPLACE MY TANKLESS SYSTEM?”

Annual, or semi-annual, maintenance is essential for a water heater of any kind. But, it won’t make that system last forever. There will eventually come a point that you’ll need to replace your tankless water heater with a newer system. The good news is, they usually last longer than their traditional tank counterparts—about 20 years.

If your system begins failing before this point, it could very well be due to lack of maintenance. Staying on top of tune-up sessions is the only way you can ensure your tankless water heater lasts as long as possible. Be sure to check with your professional plumber to get an accurate idea of the state of your tankless system so you know what to expect moving forward.

Contact BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating. today for quality plumbing service and guaranteed satisfaction.

When you need to use hot water in your home, which you no doubt do countless times a day, you probably don’t really give much thought to how the water heating process works, or how that water makes its way to the point of use where it’s needed.

Water heaters are a standard feature of any home with modern plumbing, after all. When it comes time to invest in a new Teaneck & Bergen County, NJ water heater installation, you will want to give a bit of thought to it.

This is because you have a number of options available to you. Choosing a new water heater isn’t a decision you should rush through, as simple as it seems. If you rush, you could end up overlooking a water heater that’s a great match for your home, saving you energy and subsequently saving you money. One type of water heater we’ve seen grown in popularity in recent years is the tankless system.

BUT, AREN’T TANKLESS SYSTEMS EXPENSIVE?

This is one of the first things that homeowners bring up when talking about tankless water heaters—the cost. More specifically, people notice that tankless water heaters cost a significant amount more than tank water heaters do, initially. We agree that the cost of any home comfort or plumbing setup in your home should be a serious point of consideration, but we’d encourage you to not just brush off a tankless system due to the installation cost, as there are other factors to consider.

Yes, you will pay more for a tankless water heater installation than you would for a traditional storage tank water heater. That’s not a bad thing, however! Why not? Because a tankless water heater is going to cost you less to run over the years, due to its efficiency. More on that below.

TANKLESS SYSTEMS ARE ENERGY EFFICIENT

Energy efficiency is absolutely something to keep in mind when deciding what type of water heater to have installed in your home. No matter how efficient of a storage tank water heater you’d get, this type of system is still subject to standby energy loss. This is when heat from the water inside the tank transfers out into the air surrounding it, which results in the need to reheat the water stored in the tank. Since tankless systems don’t have a tank at all, they avoid this situation altogether.

You also have system lifespan to consider. A decent tank water heater will last you around 12-15 years, so long as you keep up on water heater maintenance. That’s not bad at all, of course. But a tankless water heater extends this lifespan into the 20-25 year range. If you’re planning on staying in your home for the long term, then it can definitely make more sense for you to invest in a tankless system versus a storage tank water heater.

Of course, as we’ve alluded to above, there are benefits and disadvantages to both types of water heaters. Our staff is happy to work with you in determining what system is best for your specific home and needs.

Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today for exceptional customer service!

One of the most common problems to afflict water heaters is also one of the most misunderstood. Scaling is an issue that stems from hard water, when the water supply has an excess of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Deposits build up in pipes and fixtures, but their effect is most noticeable in water heaters and boilers.

Learn more about this common issue in the guide below. Be sure to have your water heater flushed regularly, and call our team for repairs and more information.

THE SIGNS OF SCALING

Usually, people notice that scale is affecting their water heaters when they hear the sounds. This may be described as a popping noise, a banging, or a crackling. The general effect, though, is the same. It’s jarring, but it might not be as bad as it sounds.

Your water heater is not, for example, about to explode (as we’ve heard people describe it before)! The mineral deposits in the water settle at the bottom of the tank. As the boiler burner lights, heating the water beneath the deposits, the minerals get shuffled around as steam bubbles escape around them. That’s what causes the noise.

IT IS CAUSE FOR CONCERN

So, you are not in immediate danger just because you hear your water heater making a popping or banging noise. But that does not mean you should treat the problem as a casual one. The long-term effects can be quite problematic and costly—even dangerous!

First, it can cause a pressure imbalance in the tank that may shut off the system or lead to overflow. It can also wear down the bottom of the tank so that the lining no longer protects against corrosion, and you may develop major tank leaks.

TANKLESS WATER HEATERS ARE AT RISK TOO

You may think that a tankless water heater would be immune to these same kinds of issues. This isn’t the case! Any electric water heater can develop scaling that coats the coils and keeps it from heating up properly. And tankless water heaters develop scale that can slowly destroy the heating elements, or at least keep them from heating the water properly.

ABOUT FLUSHING A TANK WATER HEATER

You may have heard before that you should flush or drain your tank every year. This is true even if you have not heard odd noises coming from the tank, as sediment can build up without sending any signals. A major hindrance, though, for many homeowners, is that they are unsure of how to perform the water tank flush.

While you may be able to do it on your own, we strongly recommend leaving the job up to professionals. They’ll know what to do if something goes wrong, and they can even help you to understand how to prevent sediment from building up in the first place. If you do decide to attempt this on your own, be sure to disconnect the power or gas from the water heater first, and stop water at the shut-off valve!

BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. offers complete services for water heaters in New Milford, NJ. Call today for exceptional customer service!

A water heater is a tough piece of equipment. It’s designed to withstand high heat levels and water volume, supplying heat to water throughout the day and night, so you know it was manufactured to be up to the job.

Of course, that doesn’t make a water heater infallible. In fact, a hot water heater needs more work than you may think, throughout the time you own your home, if you really want it to remain in the best possible condition. We cannot guarantee that your water heater won’t break if you follow these steps, but we can tell you that your water heater has a better chance of making it through its expected lifespan when you take the time to maintain it (or have a professional handle that work).

WHAT PROFESSIONALS DO DURING A MAINTENANCE VISIT

When you get professional water heater maintenance from plumbers and technicians, the main goal is to give a complete inspection. That means checking all of these parts and more.

  • Thermostat
  • Temperature and Pressure Valve
  • Potential Tank Corrosion
  • Drain and Relief Valves
  • The Anode Rod

Of course, if they see a problem, they will document it along with its severity. Afterwards, they can consult you about the issues so you can decide if you want to replace or repair any parts. Some adjustments can be made on the spot, such as temperature adjustments and tightening loose connections.

Now, let’s look at some of the potential issues a water heater maintenance session can prevent. We recommend scheduling maintenance once a year to really benefit the most.

PREVENT CORROSION

Corrosion is the biggest threat to your water heater. When a water heater corrodes, there’s no reversing the damage, and it can only continue to spread. Your water heater has a glass lining to prevent corrosion, along with an anode rod meant to bring corrosive elements to itself before corrosion hits the tank.

The technician will check for corrosion and let you know if your water heater tank needs replacement. This helps you avoid a leak in your home! Otherwise, they may recommend replacing the anode rod, but this is an expensive solution when compared to a potential system replacement.

AVOID A DANGEROUS SITUATION

It happens rarely, but it has happened before. A water heater can potentially burst or explode if temperature and pressure levels in the tank exceed the norm. this is something a technician would discover during a water heater maintenance session as well.

LOWER YOUR BILLS

Finally, a water heater maintenance session can help to lower your bills. Currently, your water heater’s temperature may be set too high, which means you’re wasting energy you don’t really need to use. Furthermore, a technician can prevent premature replacement, one of the highest bills you can have when it comes to water heaters. And, a technician can help you to lower water bills by reducing the chances of leaks and other issues.

Contact the friendly team at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. for your next water heater service in Westwood, NJ.

Water heaters are a staple of modern life, providing clean hot water for cooking, cleaning and bathing. We’re accustomed to traditional tank water heaters in most homes, with their long cylindrical tubes holding hot water, and that system is safe and effective in most cases. But it’s not the only type of water heater out there and depending upon your circumstances, you may benefit from an alternative model.

Consider, for example, tankless water heaters. They get rid of those big tanks in favor of heating the water directly as it passes through the pipes. Tankless water heaters can cost more to install and they usually need to have a lower workload than tank models: handling fewer outlets or requiring multiple tankless water heaters to be installed to cover everything in the home. In exchange, however, they offer a number of benefits, some of which might help your household out considerably. Here are three of the most important.

1.      INSTANT, ENDLESS HOT WATER

Water heaters usually take a little time to warm up, which is why the hot water from your tap initially feels cold. And while tank water heaters provide a copious supply of hot water, we’ve all had those moments in the shower or similar spots where the hot water runs out.

Those simply aren’t problems when it comes to tankless water heaters. The system heats the water instantly as it passes through the pipe, meaning you won’t have to wait for the water to heat up., And because the heat is delivered “on demand,” as it were, it means you’ll never run out of hot water, no matter how much you run the tap.

2.      INCREASED SAVINGS

Tankless water heaters tend to waste much less water than tank models, since you don’t have to run the faucet or other outlet for very long to get the hot water you need. Furthermore they tend to use less energy than tank models when heating the water, since they only heat the water you need instead of maintaining an entire tank. All of which translates to increased savings in your pocket. Furthermore, tankless water heaters tend to last longer than tank water heaters, giving you more value for your money in the process.

3.      EASE OF USE

Tank water heaters can present problems for vacation homes and other homes that go unused for portions of the year. Mold and other contaminants can creep in to a tank model if you’re not careful, and they can take up a great deal of space, which might not be appropriate for a small cabin or other vacation home. Furthermore, tankless water heaters don’t need time to “warm up,” meaning you can make use of them immediately. That can come as a huge relief if you’ve been driving all day and just want to cook some dinner or draw a hot bath.

Here in Bogota, NJ, tankless water heaters can be installed by the friendly pros at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. If you think a tankless model might be a good fit for your home, call us today!

Winter snow has finally give way to spring rains, and here in the New Jersey area, that means spring renovation and cleaning is underway in many households. In between the dusting, vacuuming and checking on various household appliances, take time to give your water heater a look. Water heaters do their jobs quietly and without fuss, and since they’re often located in out-of-the-way locations like the basement or garage. But that can make it very hard to notice signs of trouble, and by the time symptoms show up, it could very well be too late. Spring cleaning makes an excellent opportunity to give your water heater a close look and see if it needs some attention.

THE BASICS

The basics for water heaters entail a basic examination to look for any symptoms of trouble. These can include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Puddles around the base of the water heater can indicate a serious problem, or something more pedestrian such as a leak in a pipe fitting. Either way, it’s a problem that a trained plumber should take a look at.
  • Strange noises. Gurgling, humming and other noises can indicate a number of issues, ranging from build-up on the bottom of the tank to trouble with the pressure relief valve.
  • Trouble with hot water. This doesn’t necessarily need any formal checking to confirm. But if you’re not getting sufficiently heated water, if the hot water cuts out sooner than you’d expect, or even if the water is too hot, you may need to have a plumber look at the system.
  • The pilot light. Older water heaters may still use a pilot light, and if yours is one of them, you should check it to make sure it’s lit.

If you encounter an issue with your water heater, in most cases, you should call in a plumber rather than attempting to fix the problem yourself.

FLUSH IT OUT

One place you can help your water heater along is by flushing it out, which can help get rid of sediment built up on the bottom of the tank as well as reducing overall wear and tear. You only need a bucket (or similar receptacle) for the water and a length of hose. Follow the steps below:

  1. Shut off the gas or electrical power to the water heater, as well as the main water line into the tank. You may want to give the water in the tank time to cool after you do so.
  2. Connect a hose to the tank’s drain valve and place the other end in the bucker or (if possible) a drain line in the house.
  3. Open the pressure relief valve and allow the water to drain out.
  4. When the tank is about one-quarter full, turn the water line back on to flush any sediment out of the bottom.
  5. Turn off the cold water line again, close the pressure relief valve, detach the hose from the drain valve, close the valve and allow the tank to fill back up.
  6. Turn the gas or electricity back on.

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Tank water heaters are common here in Bogota, NJ, and every winter they get put to the test. Now is a good time to replace your old water heater if it’s ready to give up the ghost. Otherwise, you might be looking at a sudden problem when it finally stops in the middle of winter, forcing you to scramble for a new one.

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, you might want to cast your net farther than just another tank model. While the system is versatile and effective, a tankless water heater might actually prove to be a better fit. As the title implies, it does without the traditional tank, using heated coils to warm the water instantly as it moves through the pipes. That provides a number of benefits, including:

  • an endless amount of hot water, ensuring that you never run out.
  • a smaller size allowing you to fit it in much smaller space.
  • reduced bills since you don’t use as much energy. The system does not need to keep water hot at all times, reducing the cost of heating.

That said, every home is different and yours might not be the right fit for a tankless system. Why?

  • Tankless systems can’t usually handle as much of a load as tanked models can. That makes them better for households with fewer occupants.
  • Tankless systems cost more to install, though they cost less to run. That’s good for families who intend to stay in their homes for quite awhile, since the savings accrue over time.
  • Tankless systems provide an advantage for small places that don’t have a lot of extra space. Vacation homes and the like tend to do better with them than more permanent residences.

Call the professionals at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. today to discuss tankless systems!

Hot water is a necessity in every home, and most of us are accustomed to counting on the traditional tank water heater model for doing the job. But they’re not the only model out there, and an alternate system, such as a tankless water heater system, may be a better fit for your home. Englewood, NJ has a number of different types of home from a number of different eras, and the families inhabiting those homes have unique needs that might be better served by a tankless water heating system.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

As you may have guessed, tankless water heaters operate without the use of the tall cylindrical tanks most of us associate with water heaters. Tank models heat the water in the tank, then distribute it to your outlets when you need it. It’s a reasonably efficient system, though you waste a certain amount of energy  just keeping the system functioning. Tankless systems, on the other hand, use heated coils to warm the water instantly as it passes through the pipes. It costs more to install, but usually costs less to run, and because you’re heating the water “on demand,” you never need to worry about running out of hot water.

WHO BENEFITS?

Tankless water heaters are usually sized for a specific workload and don’t do well if they are over-taxed. Accordingly, they work best in homes with smaller families who aren’t as inclined to put a lot of strain on the system. In addition, tankless water heaters are recommended for vacation homes and similar spots: places that sit unused for portions of the year, and which can create problems such as mold or bacteria in traditional tank models.

The experts at BZ Dependable can discuss your tankless options with you, and perform quality installation and repair. 

The water heater is one of the most important appliances in your Bogota, NJ home. Yet because they do their jobs so quietly, potential problems can be overlooked until they’re bad enough to cause some serious damage. you can help you own cause first by scheduling an annual maintenance session from your friendly professional, and then by flushing it yourself 2-4 additional times a year.

Why flush your water heater? Because sediment builds up on the bottom of the tank over time, insulating the water from the heat source and increasing strain on the system. That’s the bad news. the good news is that flushing the heater requires only a garden hose, a convenient drain (or bucket large enough to hold the water), and the following instructions:

  1. Turn the heat source off to your water heater, then shut off the cold water line leading into the tank.
  2. Attach one end of the hose to the drain valve in the bottom of the tank. Attache the other end of the hose to a drain or suitably large bucket.
  3. Open the drain valve, then open the pressure relief valve at the top of the water heater.
  4. Allow the water to drain.
  5. Turn on the cold water line and allow the tank to rinse several times to make sure all of the sediment is washed out.
  6. Close the pressure relief valve.
  7. Close the drain valve and detach the hose, then allow the tank to refill.
  8. Reignite the heat source (if it’s gas) or restore power to the system (if it’s electrical).
  9. Wait at 15-20 minutes least before using the hot water. (The system will need time to warm it up properly.)

BZ Dependable knows how important your water heater is, and we provide top-notch service to homes and commercial spaces throughout the area. Give us a call today!

Water heaters here in Dumont, NJ tend to do their jobs quietly and without fuss, which is why homeowners like them so much. Unfortunately, that can also lead to complacency, which is where a great deal of trouble starts for your water heater. It’s a very simple system, but it still needs timely maintenance and servicing, not only to help it run more efficiently, but to stop serious problems before they cause too much damage. When left unaddressed, such problems can often grow until you’re looking at a replacement service instead of a simple repair. Water heater servicing can address that the right way, ensuring that problems never catch you by surprise. And a trained plumber is usually your best option for a timely service call.

The exact method of water heater servicing depends on your exact unit, and we tailor our maintenance sessions to reflect your unique needs. Generally speaking, however, a servicing session will include the following:

  • The water shut-off valve, drain valve, and pressure release valve will be inspected for damage and tested to ensure that they’re operating correctly.
  • The water will be drained from the tank and flushed out to get rid of sediment in the bottom.
  • The heat source, either gas or electric, will be inspected for damage and tested.
  • The anode rod will be replaced if necessary. (Anode rods prevent rust in the tank and require replacing every 2-3 years).
  • The tank will be checked for breaches and leaks, as will the plumbing and gas lines.
  • The tank will be refilled and given time for the water in it to heat up again.
  • Faucets and fixtures will be checked to ensure that the hot water is getting to them the way it should.

Call on BZ Dependable to set up a water heater servicing schedule today!

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