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Flush Your Water Heater

water heater flush blogAlmost every drop of water you use goes through your water heater.

It sits there while it’s getting hot then it flows out when summoned.

Because unfiltered water is almost never perfectly clean, sediment tends to build up at the bottom of your water heater, reducing its efficiency.

Your water heater is an essential part of your home’s plumbing system, protect it by clearing all filters and flushing out these sediments once or twice per year.

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Do you have polybutylene pipes?

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Polybutylene is an inexpensive, flexible plastic that was used for residential piping from 1978 to 1995.

It was found to be extremely vulnerable to ruptures, which led to a class-action settlement and the material is no longer accepted by U.S. building codes.

Polybutylene pipes can be blue, black, white or gray, but they always have the letters “PB” on a printed label on the pipe. The easiest way to determine whether you have polybutylene pipes is to check the pipes near the water heater, the sink connections or at the main shut-off valve or water meter.

If you have polybutylene piping, we highly recommend that you replace it as soon as possible.

Professional Plumbing & Design has the experience and equipment needed to repipe water lines and drain lines under mobile homes, in crawlspace homes, overhead in slab home attics, and under the floors of multiple floor homes and condominiums.

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Why replace your water heater when you can repair it for a fraction of the cost?

The answer is simple; your old water heater may be costing you more than think.

From baths and showers to dishwashing and laundry, we depend on our water heaters more than we might realize. In a typical home, the electric water heater accounts for approximately 14% of the total energy bill.

That Water Heater is the second largest energy consumer in a typical home – second only to the home heating and cooling system.

Just like in the HVAC industry, the plumbing industry has been trending towards more environmentally friendly designs with significantly improved energy efficiency ratings. The GeoSpring Water Heater by GE, for example, uses 62% less energy than a standard 50-gallon water heater. With that kind of savings, it's easy to see how a new water heater can pay for itself in no time.

Water Heaters are not a one-size-fits-all appliance. There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing a new water heater and that is why it is important to have a knowledgeable and trustworthy professional to guide you through the selection process. The right water heater will add value to your home, reduce your energy bills, and add convenience for years to come, but you have to choose right...

For starters, you have a choice of power source. Water Heaters come in gas (natural or propane) with a variety of venting options (standard, power and direct vent), electric, hybrid gas and electric, and solar water heaters which produce up to 90% of your home's hot water for free. If there is one thing we have a lot of in Florida, it's sunshine...

Water heaters are also available in the traditional tank style and tankless. Tankless models offer increased efficiency because you are only heating the water that you consume and they offer an endless supply of hot water in a much smaller package. Tankless water heaters also last twice as long as the tank style water heaters and the warranties range from 3 to 12 years.

If your water heater is more than 15 years old, replacing it could significantly reduce your electric bill and add value to your home. If you're not sure when your water heater was built, check the first 4 digits of the serial number for the month and year of manufacture

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Should you install a Hybrid Water Heater

Professional Plumbing and Design can install any type of water heater, but we find more people are choosing Hybrid water heaters due to their high efficiency, and savings on electric bills.

There are both gas and electric hybrid water heaters available.  These water heaters use heat pump technology, which means they store more energy and save you money. Hybrid water heaters offer over twice the efficiency of standard water heaters.
 
Some models have a display with different operating modes such as: Efficiency, Hybrid, Electric, and Vacation.  Hybrid Heat Pumps can reduces water heating cost by up to 66% by pulling environmental heat while dehumidifying and cooling the ambient air.
 
If you are ready to replace your water heater, please give us a call and we can show you different options, and help you choose the  right product for your home or business.
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