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Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.

preparing for plumbing emergencies

Two Myths About Tankless Water Heating

Veronica Torres

In the market for a new hot water heater? If so, you're likely researching the different models available to you. Many homeowners upgrade to a tankless water heater when it's time to replace a standard hot water heater. However, myths about tankless models can make people stick with the more familiar traditional models. Here is what you need to know about tankless water heating myths.

Myth: Tankless Water Heaters Take  a While to Produce Hot Water

One myth you might have heard is that it takes a long time for a tankless hot water heater to produce hot water when you turn on the faucet. This is simply not true. The water that comes out of your faucet at first will be no different than a traditional hot water heater. There is always water left in the pipe after it leaves your hot water tank, and the longer you go without using hot water, the colder the water in the pipe will be, regardless of how the tank operates.

If you have a faucet that takes a while to heat up, it is likely due to the distance from the hot water heater. While making the upgrade to an instant hot water heater is not going to improve the problem, it won't make it worse either.

Myth: Tankless Water Heaters Are Difficult to Install

It is a bit different to install a tankless water heater if you have a traditional water heater, mainly because of how the unit vents. Many traditional tanks have a direct vent, meaning that the fumes from the gas naturally leave the tank by flowing out of an exhaust pipe to the chimney. Tankless water heaters require a power vent that forces the fumes out of the home through a PVC pipe. While not a complicated installation, it will require more work than a simple water heater swap.

The good news is that if you have a traditional water heater with a power vent already installed, the installation process of a tankless water heater will be simplified. This is often due to water heaters in odd places, such as interior closets, which don't have easy access to a chimney.

Still have questions about upgrading to tankless water heating? Reach out to a plumber in your area, so they can provide you with all the information you need about selecting the best hot water heater for you.