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Top 3 Solar Water Heater Reviews

Image of rooftop solar water heater in San DiegoSolar water heaters are slowly becoming more and more popular, especially as households and businesses try to cut down on energy consumption and be more environmentally friendly. Because of the gaining popularity, more plumbers are starting to offer solar water heater repair and installation. But what is the best water heater on the market today? Our experts at My Plumber CA are here to share with you our top 3 solar water heater reviews so you can make the most informed decision for your home. Don’t forget to check out our post on whether tankless or solar water heaters are right for you.

Solar Water Heater Reviews

  1. American Electric Direct

Price: $1698.09

Warranty: 6 year residential with option of 10 year extension; 3 year commercial

Review: The low price of the American Electric direct water heater makes it an appealing option for individuals trying to convert to solar power. Take note, however, that this is the price for the tank alone. Other parts must be purchased in order to complete this solar water heater system. The advantage of being able to purchase the tank separately means that you have more versatile repair options in the future. We recommend talking with a professional plumber to work out the ideal setup for your home or business

 

2. Rheem SolPak Gas Solar Water Heater

Price: $5965.97

Warranty: 6 year limited tank warranty, 10 year limited collector warranty, 2 year limited pump warranty

Review: You probably first noticed the steep price for the Rheem SolPak gas system. It’s important to note that this price includes all of the necessary parts, including the controller, HE tank, mixing valve, thermal expansion kit, collector, and pump. You can purchase this unit with one or two solar panels depending on your unique needs. If your solar juice runs out, the gas system kicks in to ensure you’re never without hot water.

 

3. Cirrex Electric Solar Water Heater

Price: $1199.95

Warranty: 10 year solar collector warranty, 6 year booster tank warranty, 2 year pump warranty, 1 year parts warranty

Review: Cirrex boasts that their solar water heater systems can obtain 70% of their power from solar before having to resort to the backup electric source. Instead of solar panels, this unit uses solar thermal collectors that cost just a fraction of panels. As an Energy Star certified system, users may qualify for a federal credit for up to 30% of the unit’s cost.

Newly installed solar water heater for a home As you consider making the switch to a solar water heater installation in San Diego, we encourage you to read water heater reviews, do lots of research, and ask your professional plumbing provider for any tips and tricks before making the big purchase.

How to Dispose of Water Heaters

Getting rid of a water heater isn’t like getting rid of a TV. You can’t just leave it on the curb on trash day, nor can you sell it to someone else who might want to use it. When you replace your water heater, it’s usually because the old one no longer works or has aged out of usefulness. No one else is going to want that water heater either.

Here are a few things you can do if you live in the San Diego area to dispose of your water heater:

Go to a Recycling Center

In San Diego, it is illegal to take appliances like water heaters and refrigerators to the landfill. You are legally required to recycle these and other appliances as per the Metallic Discards Act of 1991.

Once the water heater is drained, you can take it to a local recycling center. Make sure you ask if the recycling center takes water heaters before you just show up with it. Also ask if you are entitled to payment for the water heater since many recycling centers make a profit on these items by stripping them for parts.

San Diego also runs regular community recycling events, such as for electronics and used oil products. Call your city or county officials to find out if a recycling event is planned for appliances. You’ll be able to put your old water heater on the curb for pickup if so.

Ask the Utility Company to Take It

Some utility companies will take old water heaters and other appliances to recycle for you. Some will even give you a credit on your bill if you are upgrading to an energy efficient model. You may have to file receipts to get the credit.

Ask My Plumber CA to Do It

It’s not recommended that you install or remove a water heater yourself. Call an experienced plumber that will safely and properly install your new heater and can take care of removing and disposing of the old water heater. This is the easiest option since the technician takes care of everything for you, and you don’t have to worry about anything.

Plumbers Insights – Our Christmas Gift to You

When you call a plumber it will cost you over $100 just to get us in the door. That’s an expense you don’t want to have to deal with in the weeks leading up to Christmas. So what we’ve decided to do is give you a few insights from our experienced staff that will allow you to navigate your plumbing service this season. These tips and tricks range from DIY standbys for those of you who have a bit of technical skill and are willing to get a little dirty in the process to ways to limit water damage when you have a broken faucet or leaking toilet. Most plumbers won’t tell you this kind of stuff because they make a pretty penny on an easy fix, but in the spirit of the season, we’ve become quite a giving bunch!

  1. If you can wait until Tuesday or Wednesday to get service, schedule ahead. We get the most calls on Mondays when wives are calling us to fix what their husbands “fixed” over the weekend.
  2. Don’t know a reputable plumber in the area? Call us. Or, if you want to get an unbiased opinion, call a local plumbing supply company for a recommendation. They won’t usually work with unlicensed or below average plumbers.
  3. Don’t put a brick or half gallon of water in your toilet reservoir. Your toilet was designed to flush with a specific amount of water. Changing it could keep your business from going down the drain (not something you want to deal with if you have guests over the holidays). Instead, if you want to save money, invest in a low flow toilet. They aren’t excessively expensive and can pay for themselves in water savings in just a few years.
  4. If you do have a clog, avoid using over the counter liquid drain cleaners. They are caustic and not only can be harmful to you, but to your pipes too. Use a plunger, or better yet, purchase a hand auger (drain snake). The snake will come in handy and pay for itself on its first use.
  5. Clogs are the bane of most bathrooms. If you happen to have a long locked beauty in your home, invest in a drain cover to catch all of the excess hair that comes out during a shower. Not doing so can lead to slow running drains and even full clogs (another good use for that drain snake).
  6. Replace the rubber hoses on the back of your washing machine with stainless steel reinforced ones. The flimsy ones will break over time and are one of the top insurance claims from homeowners. Even a small leak can cause a problem because the washing machine is almost always in a low traffic area. The drip can go on for quite a while before being caught. We suggest (if you still have the flimsy rubber hoses) that you check the hoses every time you do the laundry.
  7. Don’t let drippy faucets and leaking toilets go. Get them fixed right away. A single dripping faucet can waste up to 8 gallons of water a day. A leaky toilet up to 200! If you don’t want to pay for the fix, you’ll be paying for it when your next water bill comes. And the bill after that and the bill after that. You get the picture.
  8. Do you find yourself jiggling the handle of your toilet to get it to work properly? If so, you probably need a new drain flap – they cost about $5. They are quite easy to install and will stop your need to jiggle without having to shell out a Benjamin just to get a professional plumber in the door.
  9. When you purchased your garbage disposal it came with an Allen wrench. This is a manual way to advance the interior grinding mechanism when the disposal gets jammed. Keep it under the sink (taped to the unit is best) so it is there when you need to clear a jam.
  10. Get multiple estimates for any large plumbing job that you need to have completed. The estimates should be within 25% of each other. Any that are excessively high or low may indicate either an overpriced company or a company that is going to try to nickel and dime you with hourly charges.
  11. Asking for quotes is good, but asking for references is better. Get them from customers that have used the service in the past 3 months. Also realize that plumbers can change their names or company name at any time they wish. So look for a well established company that has a good track record to be on the safe side. Again, if you don’t have any personal references to go from, contact a plumbing supply company to get their recommendation.
  12. Always work with a plumber that warranties his work for at least a year on all major installations and repairs. A plumber that doesn’t stand behind his work is a plumber I don’t want messing with my pipes.
  13. Don’t be afraid to ask us to check your water pressure or those pesky banging signs in the supply lines under your sink. Just do it after we’ve completed the work we have been contracted to do. Plumbers never turn down the potential for new work.
  14. Do you have a wire hanger handy? If you do you can easily fashion a hook that can be snaked down your bathtub drain to remove hair and soap scum clogs. Remember, about two inches down almost all bathtubs have a 90 degree drain turn. This is where the clog is likely to strike.
  15. Learn where your shut off valves are. This is an invaluable piece of information. When a leak starts you can literally have minutes until you are dealing with an interior flooding situation. Locate both the main shut off for your home and the interior shut offs (usually under the sinks and behind the toilets). Know where they are can literally save you thousands of dollars in damages.
  16. If you have some food coloring handy, you can check you toilet for leaks with a dye test. Simply drop a few drops of food coloring (we prefer green) into the reservoir and let the toilet it for half an hour. Check the bowl. If you see colored water you have a leak. The darker the color, the worse the leak. Replacing the flapper valve is usually the solution.
  17. Don’t buy a brand new low flow faucet to reduce your water usage. There are aerators that will thread on to your existing faucets for about 1/10th of the cost and will do the exact same thing.

 

Hopefully at least a few of our insights will help you save some cash or trouble. If you happen to have other questions or concerns about the plumbing in your house, send them in to our professionals. We will be starting a monthly readers question and answers section to our blog. And again, a happy holiday to yours from every one of us at My Plumber Ca!

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San Diego Plumbing Service Announces San Diego’s Oldest Water Heater Contest

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) June 06, 2013

My Plumber San Diego is a plumbing service with a three-decade history in the San Diego Metro Area. They’ve built their business around giving good advice, top-quality service, and getting to know their customers’ needs. With proper maintenance and a little bit of luck, a hot water heater can last a long time. How long? Well, that’s what My Plumber San Diego wants to find out.

The winner of the San Diego’s Oldest Water Heater contest will win a 40-gallon hot water heater, and everyone who enters will receive a $100 off coupon on a new water heater.

“We are very involved in the local community, and this contest is a great way to get out and give back to our loyal customers,” explains My Plumber San Diego’s owner, Franco Testa. Plumbing technicians will come to your home to take a picture of entrants ‘vintage’ unit and write down all the necessary information to enter it in the running for their chance to win a free water heater.

Hot water heaters have an average lifespan of about nine years, but sometimes they last much longer. Got a contender for San Diego’s Oldest Water Heater? Go to the My Plumber website for details and how to enter. The contest will run from June 10 to July 12 and the winner will be announced July 21 – 27 on https://myplumberca.com, so act quickly and contact My Plumber San Diego today.

About My Plumber San Diego:
My Plumber San Diego, LLP was founded on the principles of excellence, diligence and customer service. My Plumber of San Diego is an active part of the community with ties that run deep in North County, East County, and South Bay. They offer these communities repairs and installations of plumbing services as well as installation, service and maintenance of heating and air conditioning systems. For more information, please visit https://myplumberca.com.

Is It Time For A Water Heater Service Or Replacement?

A hot water heater is a simple machine, one with few moving parts. As such, there is little to go wrong with it, but when it does, it’s impossible to ignore.

In general, hot water heaters should be serviced by a qualified plumbing service at least every three years, whether or not you are having problems or not. The reason for this is because there is an anode, or sacrificial rod inside the tank, which is meant to attract all the minerals which would otherwise cause corrosion to the tank itself. Depending on the mineral content of your water, the sacrificial rod will wear out over time, and it must be replaced before the tank itself starts to sustain damage.

There are tell-tale signs that your hot water heater needs attention, though. Is there condensation around the tank? Does the water appear rusty? There may be a leak in the tank or a faulty pressure relief valve.

Is there crackling in the tank? Do the pipes bang? This may be caused by a buildup of sediment at the bottom of the tank. If it smells like rotten eggs, you might have the additional problem of excessive bacteria buildup in the tank.

Conventional hot water tanks have a life expectancy of about a decade (on municipal water). If your tank is getting up there in years, be aware that nearly any mechanical issue will likely suggest replacement — new tanks are up to 20% more energy efficient and can save you a lot of money.

If it’s been more than a year since your hot water heater has been serviced, or you’re experiencing any of the problems above, call My Plumber San Diego at 1-855-410-2390 to get things fixed up right.

The Facts About Tankless Hot Water Heaters

Rising energy costs have us all thinking about ways we can reduce our usage and consumption– without reducing our quality of life.

In the average home, around 30% of the energy expenses can be accounted for by heating water. One way of reducing that cost is by installing a tankless water heater, which heats water on demand rather than constantly heating and storing it in a tank, thus conserving energy when not in use.

Tankless heaters use high-powered burners to heat water quickly as it passes through a heat exchanger, and they can average around 20% more energy-efficient than gas powered storage tank models, thus saving you money on your utility bill as well as reducing your impact on the environment.

Anywhere from 20-40% of the energy used by a storage tank model is wasted through thermal heat loss. In a tankless model, with no water being stored, this problem is almost completely eliminated. And a tankless model can run all day long while producing hot water; whereas a storage tank can be depleted by a long shower, a dishwasher, and a washing machine cycle, thus requiring a wait period as it builds water reserves back up.

Traditional heaters are generally set at extremely high temperatures (130°F or more) in order to reduce the wait time for hot water. Tankless heaters allow you to set the ongoing temperature closer to the level you will actually use it at, thus reducing the risk of accidental scalding and greatly reducing energy costs (a 10° reduction in temperature can result in about 4% savings in energy costs).

Tankless models typically handle hard water minerals and sediments better (helping your sewer and drain system too). By not storing water, they are not as prone to leaking or rupturing due to hard water scale accumulation, and this helps account for their longer warranties and life spans as compared to traditional storage tanks (20+ years for tankless models; 6-12 years for most storage tank models). And don’t forget the ancillary cost-savings– Tankless models require less plumber service over their lifetime.

And tankless models are much smaller, with electric models comparable in size to a briefcase. Storage tanks take up a lot of room and are costly to recycle.

It’s not usually cost-effective to replace a perfectly good traditional heater with a tankless model, but if your water heater is on its last legs, you might want to consider the upgrade to a tankless heater. Contact My Plumber today at 619-447-5556 to learn what options are best for you!

September is National Baby Safety Month

September is National Baby Safety month and the team at My Plumber Heating and Cooling would like to remind parents of some basic safety rules that can protect babies and toddlers from plumbing-related accidents in the home.

  • The law requires manufacturers of home water heaters to set the thermostat at 120°F. The reason for this requirement is because babies, the elderly and some people with disabilities burn easily or react slowly. Water temperatures above 120°F can scald in a matter of seconds. Homeowners can save on their energy bills and reduce the risk of scalding accidents by setting the thermostat on their water heater to 120°F.
  • Don’t leave standing water in a bathtub or a bucket; a toddler or baby can drown in as little as an inch of water. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death among 1-4 year olds, and the fifth leading cause of accidental death in infants under one year of age.
  • Keep toilet lids closed and consider using clamps to keep top-heavy toddlers from leaning over an open bowl and falling in.
  • Never leave a baby or a small child alone in the bathtub, even in a safety seat. Safety seats are not foolproof and it can take less than ninety seconds for a child to drown.
  • Face babies and toddlers away from the faucet during baths so they cannot grab a hot water spout or turn on the hot water. Consider installing a shower safety tap. This is a clear box that attaches around the shower tap to prevent children from turning on the water and burning themselves.

Accidents involving babies or toddlers are heartbreaking – even more so when they could have been prevented. We hope that by writing about the safety rules listed above, accidents will be avoided, and readers will be galvanized to put into practice the safety measures necessary to protect small children in their homes.

Water Heater Maintenance

 
Important Maintenance Information for Tank-Style Water Heaters

The average water heater sits in the dark recesses of the basement year in and year out with little or no attention from its owner.Although most people enjoy the luxury of hot water when bathing, they don’t actually think about the water heater.People seem to expect a lifetime of safe operation out of their tank-style heaters and never anticipate that a problem could occur.Occasionally, My Plumber will hear from one of its technicians about someone who built a room around their water heater and made the entrance smaller than the circumference of the tank, or just dry-walled completely around their water heater.

Considering how much people depend on having an available supply of hot water, it should be a priority to make sure one’s water heater is operating properly.Whether powered by electricity or gas, if it stores hot water in a tank until needed, it needs to be inspected frequently.

Hot water heaters come with an owner’s manual, and the safety instructions and inspection procedures outlined there should be followed.If the owner’s manual cannot be located, contact the manufacturer and request a new copy.Most manufacturers will be happy to oblige.

Here are a few tips about water heater safety:

Avoid leaving any flammable liquid, solvent or chemical stored in the same room with a tank-style water heater.Those items should be stored elsewhere, with lids firmly in place and away from children and pets.

Keep the thermostat set below 125F.At higher temperatures, the elderly, the disabled and small children can be easily burned or may be unable to react swiftly enough to avoid scalding water.

Check around the base of the water heater for moisture.Moisture indicates serious problems in the making which should be addressed quickly.

And finally, check the function of the T P (Temperature and Pressure) relief valve.Because most tank-style water heaters function day in and day out without problems, it is easy to forget about them.But a tank-style water heater with a malfunctioning T P valve is a bomb waiting to explode, and if it goes off it may very well take out the side of a house, or take off and go right through the roof.

In fact, water heater explosions were a fairly frequent occurrence before plumbing code demanded the inclusion of a T P relief valve as part of a water heater’s installation.Providing all water heaters with a T P relief valve prevented the excess pressure build up inside the tank and prevented the explosions.But the T P valve can fail, so it should be inspected frequently.

The T P valve is found on the side or on the top of the tank.Water dripping from the pipe connected to the T P valve is an indicator that the valve needs to be replaced or that the water is getting too hot due to a malfunctioning thermostat.If the T P valve needs to be replaced, it needs to be replaced sooner rather than later.

The plumbing system has been estimated to make up one seventh of the cost of building a home.Plumbing disasters can cost homeowners thousands of dollars when they occur.A careful inspection of the plumbing system and judicious maintenance can prevent many problems.Because the failure of a water heater’s T P valve can cost more than dollars can ever measure, theMaster Plumbers andJourneyman technicians atMy Plumber Heating and Coolingstrongly recommend that readers take a moment to check their water heaters soon.