Throughout Park Ridge, Des Plaines and Cook County
A broken hot water heater can leave your family feeling cold. Households depend on hot water to properly clean dishes, clothing and to provide showers for the family. When the hot water heater stops working, its a real emergency. Green Tech Plumbing is ready to help! We can repair and replace any type of hot water heater from conventional units to high tech solar-powered systems. Our team of licensed plumbers will get the hot water back on, we guarantee it.
Picking The Right Hot Water Heater
According to the Department of Energy, 27 million homes have a hot water heater over 10 years old. On average, hot water heaters account for 15% of your homes utility bill. The upfront cost of changing a hot water heater can be regained by the energy savings it provides over time. To save money, you'll need a system that not only provides enough hot water but also does so efficiently. The proper hot water heater and its fuel source are important choices to consider. Thinking About Changing Your Hot Water Heater? The licensed plumbers at Green Tech can help you replace outdated and broken hot water heaters. Call us today for a free consultation at 847-518-5338 or contact us online via email.
Hot Water Heater Types
The Good The Bad What You Can Do About It
Conventional Hot Water Heaters - This keeps a reservoir tank of hot water at the ready. It can be powered with natural gas or electricity. It has cheaper upfront costs, systems last between 10 and 15 years and are very common. However, keeping the water hot does cause a loss of standby energy. You can help reduce this loss by purchasing an insulated tank.
Tankless / On Demand Water Heaters - These systems provide instant hot water and are powered by gas or electricity. They are expected to last 20 or more years and require some maintenance. These types of systems are 90% more efficient than conventional hot water heaters. However, simultaneous uses can stretch the hot water supply. You can fix this by installing more than one unit.
Powervent Hot Water Heaters - These heaters are equipped with a built-in fan that pushes exhaust out a vent. The fan reduces the chances of a Backdraft.The Energy Center of Wisconsin estimated Power vent water heaters to save about $20$25 per year over a traditional water heater, based on fuel costing $1 / therm. You also have a lot more flexibility over the installation location. These units will need an electrical outlet to operate. If the power goes out or a GFCI devices get tripped, the hot water heater will stop working.
Solar Hot Water Heaters - This system uses the sun as a natural heating element. Units can save homeowners 50% a year over electric and gas hot water heaters. They can last 20 years or more and require minimal maintenance. However, cloudy days and heavy use can take a toll on the water supply. Installing a backup storage water heater can help fix this common problem.
Tankless Coil Indirect - These water heaters use a home's space heating system to heat water.
Heat Pump Water Heaters - These hot water heaters move heat from one source to another. They are 2 to 3 times as efficient as conventional hot water heaters and can save homeowners quite a bit of money. The drawbacks are based on installation location. They generate cold air which can offset heating costs in the winter. This can be mitigated by switching it from regular mode to resistance mode during winter months.