Butter Plumbing Blog : Archive for April, 2015

Strange Sounds in Your Water Heater

Monday, April 27th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

When it comes to water heaters, the sooner you can identify trouble, the better. It’s far easier to address a potential issue before it causes problems than to wait for the water heater to break and scramble to get it repaired. Las Vegas, NV has its share of qualified plumbers who can engage in preventative repair and maintenance, and if you know how to spot the signs you can contact them before things spiral out of control. Sounds are usually the best indicator that something is wrong with your water heater, and can even lend some insight into the nature of the problem. Here’s a quick break down of some strange sounds in your water heater, and what they might mean. (more…)

What Is Hydro Jetting?

Monday, April 20th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

One of the reasons it’s so important to hire professional plumbers for your drain work is the tools to which they have access. Simply put, trained and licensed plumbers have access to tools that homeowners don’t, and the pros know exactly how to use them. One tool that is great for cleaning your drains thoroughly without causing damage is the hydro jetter. Hydro jetters are tools that only professionals have access to, and the experts at Butter Plumbing have these tools, and the training and experience to use them. (more…)

The 3 Key Factors Needed to Calculate for Correct Pool Heater Sizing

Monday, April 13th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

We enjoy a pretty warm climate all year in our area, but we do get some chilly temperatures in the winter months. If you have a pool, a great way to ensure that it’s comfortable for year-round use is to install a pool heater. However, there are three important factors that will help ensure you correctly size your pool heater, and if these items aren’t part of your calculation, you end up with a pool heater that doesn’t adequately warm the water in your pool. Our experts can help you with this calculation and all other services you may need for your pool heater in Las Vegas, NV, including installation, repair, maintenance and replacement. Call us today and see what we can do to keep your pool water comfortable all year!

Factor 1: Efficiency

Current mandates require that all pool heaters operate at a minimum of 78% efficiency, and many go higher than this minimum. What this percentage shows you is how much energy a particular pool heater transfers to your pool’s water for each unit of energy is uses (which is in BTUs) to generate that heat. It is important to pay attention to the efficiency percentage so that you can have a good idea how much energy your pool heater will use and cost you per year to operate.

Factor 2: Surface Area

Pool heaters don’t heat all of your pool’s water; what they actually do is add more heat to the pool’s water than is being lost to the air. So in essence, the pool heater works to compensate for this heat loss, and the heat loss comes from the surface area. There are specific formulas to calculate for each shape of pool, including:

  • Round
  • Rectangular
  • Kidney-shaped
  • Rectangular with rounded ends
  • Oval

Factor 3: Temperature Rise

Temperature rise is the difference in temperature your pool heater has to make up between the temperature of the outside air and the temperature you want your pool water to be. For instance, if it is 65 degrees out and you want your pool water to be 75 degrees, you have a temperature rise of 10 degrees.

Putting It All Together

Once your technician has the surface area and temperature rise numbers calculated, your technician will know what size pool heater you’ll need to properly warm your pool water.

You have a pool to enjoy it – don’t miss out on the fun and relaxation your pool offers because of chilly temps. Call the professionals at Butter Plumbing today and schedule an appointment for pool heater services!

How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

Monday, April 6th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

The phrase “tankless water heater” may sound like something of an oxymoron (think “jumbo shrimp”), but we can assure you that tankless water heaters can be a great option for your Las Vegas, NV, home. The question many homeowners have is: how do tankless systems work? There’s a reason tankless water heaters are also called heat on-demand, and we’ll explain more about this below. However, for any water heater installation, whether it be a tank water heater or tankless, call the people you can trust for comprehensive water heater services: Butter Plumbing.

Heating On-Demand

Tankless water heaters use a heat exchanger to very quickly heat the cold water for your home. When you open a hot water tap anywhere in your home, a cold water inlet valve opens up and passes water through the heat exchanger. Heat transfers to the water from heated coils, and once the water reaches the pre-set temperature (usually between 90-120 degrees), the water flows into the open tap.

Two Types of Fuels

Tankless water heaters can operate using natural gas (propane) or electricity. It is easier to install electric tankless systems, but you may see somewhat less energy costs using gas. Gas tankless systems are about a third bigger than electric ones, but overall each tankless system is still much smaller than a storage tank system.

Benefits of Using a Tankless Water Heater

There are a number of benefits to installing and using a tankless water heater for your home or business:

  • Endless hot water – because tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, you don’t have to worry about running out of hot water.
  • Increases energy efficiency – tankless water heaters can help increase energy efficiency in two ways: first, there’s no standby heat loss because there’s no tank and second, the on-demand process means you are only using electricity or gas when heating water.
  • Long lifespan – the average hot water tank has a lifespan of 8-12 years while a tankless system has a lifespan of 20 years.

Want to see if a tankless water heater is a good fit for your home? Call the experts at Butter Plumbing today!