Bud Matthews Services Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

What Does My Home Need to Benefit from a Heat Pump Water Heater?

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

closeup-hands-under-falling-waterOnce upon a time, homeowners had few choices when it came to new water heater installations. Everyone used storage tank water heaters, and that was that.

But now we live in times when homeowners can select water heaters with better energy efficiency, such as the tankless water heater and the heat pump water heater.

Just because new choices exist, however, doesn’t mean they’re the right choices for everyone. A heat pump water heater, for example, won’t work for all homes. If you’re curious about whether your home meets the conditions for an effective and energy-saving heat pump water heater, we can help you out with the facts.

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Heat Pump Water Heater vs. Electric Water Heater

Monday, April 30th, 2018

big-question-markNot all homes have a connection to a municipal natural gas line and must run entirely from electricity. Although electricity is more expensive an energy source than natural gas when it comes to powering appliances such as the furnace, oven, and stove, it’s readily available and decreases safety concerns connected with natural gas. Plus, using electricity doesn’t have to be as expensive as it might seem at first. Smart energy use and high-efficiency appliances (always look for the ENERGY STAR label!) can keep bills in check.

We’re going to look at an important appliance choice for an all-electric home: what type of water heater to install. Gas water heaters are powerful and inexpensive to run, but what type of water heater will work best for a home that only has electricity? There are two big options, an electric water heater or a heat pump water heater?

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Can a Tankless Water Heater Save Me Money?

Monday, March 19th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterYou’ve probably heard talk about “tankless water heaters” as one of the best new options for a home and perhaps wondered if you should have one installed. If you have an aging storage tank water heater that may need to be replaced within a few years—or even this year—then it’s a good idea to keep a tankless water heater high on your list of choices. It might not be the best choice, but the many advantages of this type of water heating system are impossible to ignore. We’ll look at one specific example today: how tankless water heaters can save you money.

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Are You Leaning Toward a Tankless Water Heater, But Aren’t Sure?

Monday, October 16th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterIt’s the point of making a decision, and you’re teetering on the edge. It’s that make-or-break moment when your old water heater is about done and you have to have it replaced before your household finds itself with only cold water. You know it’s time for a new installation, but you aren’t sure if you should stay with a standard storage tank water heater—the type you’ve had in every home you’ve lived in—or one of the newer line of tankless water heaters. You feel you’re tilting toward going tankless. But that’s still a big jump, a change you’re worried may end up being the wrong one in the long run. Yet there’s still so much about the tankless system that seems right. What do you do?

We’ll admit that perhaps we’ve made the choice seem a bit dramatic. However, we’ve been in situations where the choice between going with the conventional or trying the promise of something new can be tough, or even agonizing. We’re here to help make this choice a bit less stressful for you.

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Does a Tankless Water Really Supply Unlimited Hot Water?

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

gold-bathroom-faucetOne of the types of water heaters that we install for homes is the tankless water heater. In fact, it’s one we often recommend customers consider for a replacement water heater because of the many advantages of this type of system: lower energy costs, longer service life, smaller size, and unlimited hot water.

The last benefit, however, should come with a bit of a caveat. Is it really true that you’ll never run out of hot water if you have a tankless water heater installed in Durham, NC? Let’s take a closer look.

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Choosing a New Water Heater

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

The amount of work that any water heater does over the year—and water heaters know no season—is immense and means that, no matter how well a system may be taken care of, it will eventually need a replacement. We’ve previously looked over signs that it’s time to contact our team for a water heater replacement in Durham, NC. Today we’re going to look at the next stage of the process: deciding what type of new water heater to get.

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Problems You May Encounter with Your Tankless Water Heater

Monday, November 21st, 2016

One of the big advantages (among many) of using a tankless water heater to provide hot water to your home is that it needs fewer repairs than standard storage tank water heaters. The reason for this is that a tankless system undergoes less much stress because it doesn’t have to use energy continually to maintain water temperature. Not only does this mean fewer repairs, it also means the water heater will have a lengthy service life.

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3 Reasons Your Water Heater Is Leaking

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Have you noticed water starting to pool around the base of your storage tank water heater? If you have, and thought, “That can’t be a good sign,” you’re absolutely right! Leaking of any type in a water heater is a major problem that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Leaks will quickly worsen, and you might end up with water damage in your house—and no hot water!

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Ways to Tell You Might Need to Replace Your Tank Water Heater

Monday, August 8th, 2016

A sturdy storage tank water heater that receives regular maintenance and prompt repairs whenever necessary should last a household for many years. However, eventually the stress will start to overwhelm the system and it will need to be replaced: there’s no such thing as a “forever” water heater.

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What Does a Heat Pump Water Heater Do? Should I Have One Installed?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

There are many more options today for residential water heaters than the standard storage tank model. (This is the water heater most people think of first, and they’re still the most common in the U.S.) One choice that’s available is the heat pump water heater, which has plenty to recommend it.

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