Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

How to Tell You Need a New Water Heater

Monday, December 31st, 2018

technician-with-water-heaterAs you start the new year, you’ll probably have a list of home improvements you’d like to make. Is “get a new water heater” on that list? If it’s not, should it be? The water heater for your house is one of its most important appliances, and it consumes a significant amount of the energy you use during the year. If your current water heater looks like it’s at the end of the road, you should have it replaced as soon as you can schedule it.

But … how can you know that the water heater is ready to be replaced?

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The Heat Pump Water Heater Difference

Monday, September 10th, 2018

hands-under-waterHeating water for use in homes was the same for decades: a metal tank storing hot water, and gas jets or electric heating elements to maintain the water temperature.

But technology has changed, and that’s why we can talk to you today about the heat pump water heater. If you’re currently considering water heaters in Portales, NM for new installation, we hope you’ll find this information useful. Our water heater experts are available to speak to you when you want more details and an assessment of what type of water heating system is the best match for your house.

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Water Heater Maintenance: Why You Need It

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

water-heater-tankDuring the fall is the time when homeowners schedule maintenance for their heating systems so they’re ready to handle the cold weather. But parts of a household plumbing system also need maintenance attention during fall, even though they’re used around the year. The water heater is one plumbing appliance that needs regular tune-ups and inspections, and the fall is the best time to arrange for these services. Even though water heaters do work on almost every day of the year, they receive additional work stress during the winter. Plus, winter is the time of the year when people least want to have their water heater suddenly break down and cut off the hot water supply!

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Will a Tankless Water Heater Really Never Run Out of Hot Water?

Monday, September 11th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterWhen it comes to installing water heaters in Clovis, NM, we are big proponents of new technology. The newest advances for storage tank water heaters has made them more energy efficient than ever before. But we often recommend homeowners try a different type of water heater technology to take advantage of new methods for heating up water, such as a heat pump water heater, which uses heat from the air to warm up the water.

We’re especially excited about the tankless water heater. Although the tankless water heater isn’t exactly “new” (the first versions were invented in the late 1900s), the technology that has made them useful and affordable options for households is a recent development. When people hear about the benefits of these water heaters, they’re often excited about their possibilities.

We want to address one of those benefits, the one that most people focus on: a tankless water heater means you can’t run out of hot water the way you do with storage tank system.

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Corrosion and Your Water Heater

Monday, July 31st, 2017

water-heater-repair-toolsWhen corrosion starts to set in on a water heater, the conventional wisdom is that it’s time to replace the system. Conventional wisdom is (mostly) right regarding this. If corrosion begins to appear on a water heater’s tank, there’s usually nothing repairs can do to remedy the problem; the water heater will soon start leaking without any way to stop it, making replacement a necessity.

This isn’t always the case however. We’re going to look a little more into the facts of corrosion and water heaters to help you understand how water heaters avoid corrosion—until they can’t.

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Is Your Water Heater About to Fail? 5 Ways to Tell

Monday, June 19th, 2017

tank-water-heaterWarmer weather during the summer may mean you won’t turn on your furnace, but there’s one heating system in your house that will keep working away: the water heater. No matter the outdoor temperatures, you still must have hot, running water for jobs like cooking, washing the dishes (cold water doesn’t cut it when it comes to grease!), showering, and bathing. You can’t afford to have your hot water vanish because your water heater abruptly fails on you.

Fortunately, water heaters rarely stop working without giving some warning signs. Below we’ve listed signs that tell you it’s time to call for service for your water heater in Clovis, NM—before you lose your hot water entirely!

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4 Myths about Tankless Water Heaters—Busted!

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

water-heater-shower-headWe often recommend our customers look into installing a tankless water heater in their Clovis, NM homes when the time comes to switch out an aging storage tank water heater. A tankless system offers numerous advantages to a household, such as an unlimited supply of hot water, a longer lifespan, and a reduction in energy bills.

But any new technology (or in this case, old technology that has only recently become popular for residential use) brings with it outdated ideas and some outright falsehood. Unfortunately, the Internet makes it easier than ever for these rumors and myths to spread rapidly until people take them as etched-in-granite truths.  Since everyone here at Mark Carpenter Plumbing wants you to enjoy the finest in water heating at a great price, we are going to take time to dispel a few of the biggest myths circling tankless water heaters.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Always Better Than a Tank Water Heater?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Among the many plumbing jobs that our licensed plumbers handle is the installation of tankless water heaters. These kinds of water heaters are becoming popular for homes for a number of good reasons. Compared to tank water heaters, tankless water heaters are…

  • …highly energy efficient, since they only run when there’s a demand for hot water.
  • …space saving.
  • …excellent a providing large quantities of water, since there’s no water supply to deplete.
  • …long lived.

So, a tankless water heater is always the superior choice when it’s time for a new water heater installation, right?

No, not necessarily. No two households have the same water heating needs or the same budgets. There are times when a storage tank water heater is a better choice.

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Adjust Your Water Heater for Winter Savings

Monday, November 28th, 2016

There are many ways that you can cut down on your energy expenditures during a winter here in New Mexico. The Department of Energy recommends people cover windows with special storm panels, take special caution in how they adjust their thermostats, seal all air leaks that lead to drafts, and keep their heating systems professionally maintained.

You may think that the plumbing in your home isn’t something that you can use to lower heating bills for the winter. But there is something you can do with your water heater that you may not have thought of.

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Troubleshooting Tips for a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Tankless water heaters are one of the best ideas for upgrading a home’s plumbing. Thanks to a tankless water heater, a household can enjoy an unlimited hot water supply (no more rushing not to be the last one to take a shower in the morning) while paying much less on monthly energy bills. A tankless water heater should also last longer than a conventional storage tank model and need far fewer repairs.

If you already enjoy the benefits of a tankless water heater in your home, we want to make sure that you continue to get the best use from it. Even though a tankless water heater will run into a smaller number of malfunctions than a standard water heater, they can still happen. Below is a guide to what you can do when your water heater starts to act up.

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