Tankless Water Heaters

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*Tankless Water Heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. Therefore, they avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. In an electric Tankless Water Heater an electric element heats the water. In a gas-fired Tankless Water Heater a gas burner heats the water. As a result, Tankless Water Heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. You’ll never have to wait for hot water. They are a nice space-saver as well- being that they mount directly to a wall.

It’s the holiday season and your peaceful suburban home is overflowing with houseguests. You need a nice, hot shower to soothe your nerves, but you’re in line behind your in-laws and cousins. In times like these, you’ll be glad you installed that new tankless water heater.
The idea behind a tankless system is that it heats the water as you need it instead of continually heating water stored in a tank. Tankless heaters have been the norm in much of Europe and Japan for quite some time, but they haven’t gained popularity until recently in the United States – largely due to the green movement. If you’re a good candidate for a tankless system, you can save a substantial amount of money every year on your monthly bills while at the same time conserving natural gas. Tankless heaters also last about 10-15 years longer than a tank heater, take up much less space and provide you with an unlimited amount of hot water. On the downside, a tankless system can cost up to three times as much as a tank heater to install.
There are several brands and models of Tankless water heaters in the market today. Although, My Plumber will install any brand you choose, one suggestion is the Navien, which is a 98% condensing solution. Why choose a Navien Condensing 98% Tankless Water Heater? In a word: Efficiency. While tank style water heaters are on average, 59% efficient, the local big box home improvement centers tankless model is 82% efficient, the Navien utilizes “condensing technology,” giving the Navien a 98% efficiency rating. Knocking the competition out of the water, these extremely efficient and eco-friendly units will provide extra savings for you and your family.

Eternal Hybrid Water Heaters
What is Eternal hybrid and why is it the best water heating system you can buy today? Water heating has evolved and it’s technology saves you energy and protects our environment. Eternal hybrid is the only water heating system that combines the best of tank and tankless features in one. The patented, powerful design is engineered to replace multiple tanks, use less energy and space than one tank and produce endless hot water for multiple applications at once.

So is it cost-effective to switch from your traditional tank heating system? Or should you just wait until your current water heater bites the dust to make the switch? This depends on many different factors. Give My Plumber a call to discuss the best application that is right for you!

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Upfront Pricing VS. Time and Materials pricing

Whats the difference between upfront pricing and time & materials (hourly)?

Since I give my clients a free estimate I can give them an upfront price before I do the work, but my price is based on time and material.  This “hybrid” pricing works great for the professional plumber (ME) who inspects what work is to be done, tells the client what to expect, and quotes a fair price based on individual jobs.  I think this is the fairest way to charge a client.

There is a great article by a Licensed Plumber on his website explaining the major differences and pros/cons between the two pricing choices..  Read Evan Conklin at http://www.seattleplumber.com/flatrate_article.html