The Cons to Purchasing Water Heaters from Commercial Carriers

Indianapolis Plumbers 317-784-1870

Indianapolis Plumbers 317-784-1870

If you are in the market for a new water heater, then you are probably shopping around at the local appliances stores, like Lowes® or Home Depot®. But there are several disadvantages to purchasing water heaters from large conglomerate carriers like these; disadvantages that typical consumers would never know about.

From the perspective of a veteran master plumber, buying water heaters should be facilitated through a licensed plumber who specializes in water heaters; and here’s why:

Salesmen Have One Agenda

When it comes to buying a large, costly appliance from a large commercial carrier, you are putting yourself at risk for a bad sell. Salesmen for these companies work mostly off commission, which means all they really care about is closing the sale. What they don’t really care about is matching the right water heater for your property, acknowledging your budget, and answering your questions honestly. They will tell you anything you want to hear in order to close the sale. They don’t care which water heater you choose, so long as you sign the papers. This could lead to a whole heap of problems for your home and budget.

Another downfall to buying expensive appliances from commission-based employees is the lack of industry knowledge. What can a salesman really know about water heaters, water heater repair, installation, and efficiency? The turn over rate for these kinds of salesmen are so high, there is no way they are employing experts in water heater knowledge. A master plumber or plumbing company not only specializes in the trade and can guide you through the selection and installation process proficiently, they can truly be trusted.

Poor Cost-Effectiveness

At a large company, water heaters are more expensive because they have to inflate the price in order to cover all their overhead and commission payouts. Inflated prices are bad enough, but it gets worse. Not only are water heaters more expensive at stores, they do not offer cost-effective packages. For example, if you buy a water heater from a large carrier or company, you will have to also pay extra for shipping, installation, service, warranties, and old appliance haul-away. Water heaters are already expensive purchases as it is, but from a commercial carrier, the price tag just keeps getting higher. They can easily tack on an extra $1,000 or more just for the additional services that are standard for water heater replacement.

Generally, a plumbing company that offers water heater sales offers their services at economy-based prices. They retain the resources, proficiency, and inventory to provide water heater sales, as well as, installation, service, and haul-away. You are going to get personalized and compassionate service at a smaller plumbing company that offers water heater services, rather than going to your local appliance store.

Weilhammer Plumbing Co. Inc.

Call Weilhammer Plumbing Co. Inc. at 317-784-1870 for trusted water heater services in Indianapolis, Indiana. Owner, Mark Weilhammer, is a state licensed master plumber with more than 50 years of experience in the industry. Our company has been family owned and operated for over 100 years, making us one of the oldest and most dependable plumbing companies in the city. We offer repair, installation, maintenance, replacement, service, and sales, all at the most competitive prices in town! When you need a new water heater, we are the professionals to trust. Call 317-784-1870 for information about buying water heaters in Indianapolis, IN and it surrounding areas.

Checking on Your Water Heater Warranty

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As a home owner, it is important to know how old your hot water heater unit is, and how long it’s under warranty. Do you know how old your device is? The older the tank, the less likely it’s still covered by its manufacturing warranty. If your water heater is five years old or more, it is probably not covered at all. At this point, it is encouraged to have your water heater tested for any damages. Leaky water heaters cause an incredible amount of destruction; especially in basements where mold mixed with moisture has the perfect environment for growth.

A professional diagnosis can detect any water leaks and subsequent damages. The results will determine whether or not you need to make any changes, or replace your tank altogether.

Water Heater Inspections

There should be a panel located on the side of your water heater tank. Located the serial number on this panel. Within it lies a date of purchase. It can be difficult to see sometimes, but remember that it is in the serial number on the side panel of your water heater. If you cannot determine the date, a licensed plumber can easily make out the numbers for you. This serial number will tell the plumber whether or not the unit is still covered under warranty. From here, take a peek at the seams located on the outside of the tank.

Check for signs of leaking or liquid seepage, focusing more at the bottom of the tank. Look for mold, mildew, or water damages. If any of these signs appear, or if your tank is showing evidence of leakage, it is time to have your tank replaced or repaired. Again, a trained master plumbing contractor can facilitate these tasks for you. They retain the professional equipment, proper training, and industry resources to carry out any and all plumbing and water heater repairs.

If the warranty is not valid any longer, it is most lucrative to purchase a brand new unit with a new parts and labor warranty. Be sure to choose a reputable brand water heater, like Rheem or Bradford White. Ask your local Indianapolis master plumber for advice on the markets most reliable hot water heaters. If the warranty is still good, ask your plumber to validate it for you. Simply provide your plumber with the serial number, date, make and model, and size of the tank, and they will locate the parts, put you on schedule, and do the repairs so you are not without hot water for long.

Weilhammer Plumbing Co. Inc.

Weilhammer Plumbing Company 317-784-1870

Weilhammer Plumbing Company 317-784-1870

Call Mark Weilhammer, master plumber, at 317-784-1870 for more information about water heater repair in Indianapolis, Indiana and its surrounding counties. He and his team of licensed plumbers have decades of experience in the plumbing industry. We repair, replace, install, service, and maintenance all make and model hot water heaters, as well as, give honest industry advice on the best brands to buy. We offer free estimates, DIY Advice, 24 hour emergency services, purchasing advice, unit sales, and much more. Call 317-784-1870 for superior water heater services you can trust in Indianapolis, IN today.

Talking Tankless: Tankless Water Heaters and the Myths that Fool Us All

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Indianapolis Plumbing Repair 317-784-1870

Ever since tankless water heaters have been introduced to the home appliance market, there has been an exponential growth of political hype, talk, flaws, and half-truths about their advantages and disadvantages. Complaints surrounding these water heaters are plentiful, and extremely easy to locate online. However, if you already own or intend to purchase a tankless water heater, be sure to read all the fine print; because it can cost upwards of $4000 to purchase and install a tankless water heater unit! With hard-earned money being spent ever-so-quickly, you should only hope to never run into problems or unit break-downs.

Eco-enthusiasts who wish to “go green” sometimes believe the high-price is a worthwhile trade for the sake of saving money and energy in the long-run. Unfortunately with these units, that is not the likely case. Tankless units do not save enough money or energy worth mentioning. The margins are so fuzzy and miniscule that the high price paid is NEVER worth it. Sad, I know; but true non-the-less. If you truly wish to “Go Green” on a large scale, consider investing that money into insulating your home or installing better windows. Planting more trees around your home is another fantastic and effectual Eco-friendly project to invest in. These ideas will certainly render more savings than tankless water heaters.

Numbers Don’t Lie – Consumer Reports 2008 Information and Statistics for Tankless Water Heaters

• Break-even point after purchasing a tankless water heater comes 22 years later.

• Add on the monthly de-scaling costs of $300 and money is actually lost.

• Hefty maintenance costs – $3000 over a ten year period.

• Heating coils must be professionally serviced and cleaned routinely to evade lime and sediment buildup. If lime is present on heat coils, warranty is VOID.

• De-liming services run $300, and the warranties mandate this service TWICE a year in order for the warranty to remain active. Does that sound economical?

• To own a tankless unit, one must also purchase a water conditioning system or water softener. This reduces lime and scale in the water that can damage a tankless water heater and render the warranty void. This is an additional $2000 cost, at least.

• Many models have been discontinued, leaving older units without replacement parts. A 10-15 year old tankless water heater part can be almost impossible to locate because the company is out of business or the model is no longer manufactured. If a part is found, it can be equally difficult finding a repairman that knows how to facilitate the service.

• Large tax credits are now a fantasy. They DO NOT EXIST anymore. A homeowner may receive up to $500 off their taxes; that is of course, one year later and after the initial $4000 purchase. Ask yourself, “Is that really worth it?”

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Information Provided By Mark Weilhammer, Master Plumber and Owner of Weilhammer Plumbing Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Indianapolis Water Heater Repair Services

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Weilhammer Plumbing Company 317-784-1870

For licensed and insured Indianapolis water heater repair services, call Weilhammer Plumbing Co. at 317-714-0759 today. Owner, Mark Weilhammer, and our team of state-licensed master plumbers, have more than 60 years of experience in the plumbing industry. We provide a wide-range of water heater services and repairs for residential and commercial properties. We also offer free estimates, DIY advice, emergency water heater repair, unit and product sales, exceptional customer support, and much more! Call 317-714-0759 and speak with a knowledgeable and licensed master plumber in Indianapolis, IN today.