What are demand-type water heaters and how do they work?

Every homeowner with a family knows the experience of running out of hot water on a busy morning. That happens because you exceed the total amount of water that your standard water heater has heated before the morning even started. In contrast, demand-type water heaters (also known as tankless water heaters) heat water as it’s needed at the tap. This can save you money and headaches.

Learn more about how demand-type water heaters work and why you should upgrade to one.For a free estimate on a new tankless water heater, call Wagner. Our plumbers are the very best in Albuquerque. We can professionally install a new tankless water heater in your home and put you on the path to less-stressful mornings and lower energy bills.

How do demand-type water heaters work?

Demand-type water heaters heat your water as you need it. When used properly, they provide you with these benefits:

  • Continuous hot water
  • Less maintenance
  • No risk of water damage from a burst tank
  • Long-lasting design
  • Affordable options

Most homes use a water heater that includes a tank of water. This tank can hold up to 40 or 50 gallons of hot water, but doesn’t always heat water fast enough to keep up with extended demand.

Because a demand-type heater doesn’t have a holding tank, you won’t waste energy on keeping a large amount of water warm. Plus, on top of all that, they’re space-saving, which makes them very popular for vacation homes, cottages, or even tiny homes.

Choose the best type of water heater for your home

There are many models of demand-type or tankless water heaters. Just like a traditional water heater, you can choose between propane, natural gas, and electric energy sources.

One major downside to a demand-type water heater is the output. Unlike a tank water heater, you’ll be able to heat a limited amount of water at a time. Electric units in particular struggle to keep up with more than one faucet or appliance running at the same time.

These heaters also cost more than a traditional water heater. However, this larger upfront cost will typically save you even more on your monthly energy bills.

Carefully compare each model to determine the best option for your home. Natural gas heaters tend to provide hotter temperatures with a higher gallon-per-minute flow, but they also produce more emissions and require additional venting.

Contact Wagner today for your new water heater

If you’re ready to make the switch, or if you need more information about this dynamic water heating alternative, contact Wagner today to talk to a professional plumber about your particular situation. With a demand-type water heater, you’ll never run out of hot water again.

Here’s how you can help your AC live longer and run better

On average, most air conditioners last 15-25 years. That’s a wide range: to make sure that your air conditioner is near the top of that range and beyond, you need to take care of the system. That starts with regular seasonal maintenance from the team at Wagner. Help your AC live longer by having our experts take care of it.

To schedule your spring AC tune-up, call our team today. Our technicians are ready to help get your air conditioner prepped for the summer ahead.

Help your AC live longer with maintenance from the pros at Wagner.Have a professional tune up the unit

Your AC unit is like a car. It requires regular check-ups to ensure everything is running smoothly. You should have an HVAC professional from Wagner inspect your unit at least once a year. That way you know if any problems are developing you need to fix right away.

Keep the outdoor AC unit clean

Many properties have the AC unit in the backyard. You need to be mindful you do not stack a bunch of items and debris around the device. If too much builds up, then it will negatively impact the functionality of the unit. You also want to make sure the unit is kept a couple inches off the ground.

Use blinds

Your AC unit works harder during the summer because it is naturally hotter outside. It works a lot to get your home to the desired temperature, and blinds can help with that endeavor. Blinds prevent additional sunlight from getting inside, so your AC does not have to do as much work.

Invest in an advanced thermostat

You should adjust your home’s thermostat throughout the day. For example, you probably do not need your AC running in the middle of the day when you are at work. A programmable thermostat makes this so much simpler, and you end up saving a lot of money on your electric bills, too.

Change your filter regularly

All AC units have filters that need to be swapped out once every couple of months. The purpose of filters is to catch dust and debris, so it does not circulate around your house. A dirty filter forces the unit to work harder than it should.

Call Wagner for AC maintenance services

The professionals from Wagner offer to make sure your unit is running optimally. Maintenance helps keep your AC system running smoothly, so you can enjoy it all year long. Contact our team if you are ready for a tune up.