What Upkeep Do Water Heaters Need?

Water heater maintenance you can handle yourself!

water heater Cumberland County, PA There are certain home comfort products that it’s hard to live without. When the temperatures plunge in a Pennsylvania winter, you need a working furnace or boiler. Similarly, an air conditioning system is a must on the hottest days of the summer.

However, your water heater is essential just about every day of the year. You need it for warm showers, hot water taps, your washer and dishwasher —to name some of its crucial uses. In Cumberland County and elsewhere in Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania, Koppy’s Propane helps maintain and repair traditional and tankless water heaters. We also help families upgrade to more efficient, higher-performance systems.

Generally, traditional storage tank water heaters last about eight to 12 years. Tankless systems have longer lifespans. Some of the most common causes of water heater failure are:

  • Internal tank corrosion
  • A too-small appliance
  • High water pressure
  • Sediment accumulation
  • Improper venting

Here are three simple steps you can take to ensure your water heater is getting the upkeep it needs.

Flush Your Water Heater Tank.

Every year, you should flush your traditional water heater, which removes sediment that’s built up and slows internal corrosion.
Individual products may have slight variations on the flushing process, but here is a general outline:

  1. Set your water heater’s burner to Off or Pilot and close the cold-water supply valve.
  2. Connect a garden hose to the drain valve. Run it outside or to a drain in your home.
  3. Run hot water from a tap in your home to prevent a vacuum from forming in your tank.
  4. Open the water heater’s drain valve. The water coming from the hose will be hot, so don’t let pets or children near it.
  5. Once the tank is empty, turn the water supply back on to flush the tank. Keep running water through the tank until there is no longer sediment coming out of the hose.
  6. Close your drain valve, fill the tank and turn on the water heater’s burner.

Tankless water heaters also need to be flushed regularly. Consult your owner’s manual for specific guidelines.

Be Smart with Your Temperature Settings.

Many homeowners are unaware of the impact that smart adjustments to your water heater thermostat can make. After all, heating water comprises almost one-fifth of the average U.S. home’s energy spending. Adjusting your water temperatures down can lower your propane usage and slow down wear and tear on your unit.

The U.S. Department of Energy suggests setting your water heater temperature to 120ºF instead of the manufacturing default of 140ºF. They estimate it can save over $400 over the life of your water heater.

Additionally, you should always set your water heater to Vacation mode when you’re away from home.

Arrange Regular Water Heater Maintenance.

As you would with your home heating equipment, it’s good to arrange an annual visit from a Koppy’s Propane technician for water heater maintenance. This service will keep your equipment running efficiently and help extend its service life.

Koppy’s Knows Water Heater Upgrades

If your water heater is over 10 years old, you may want to start thinking about a replacement. You don’t want to wait until your current unit fails, leaving you without hot water until you arrange a new system installation.

At Koppy’s Propane, we can upgrade your hot water equipment to a high-efficiency traditional model or even a tankless water heater, which produces virtually unlimited hot water with less energy.

Reach out to the Koppy’s team today to look at your water heater replacement options.

Read Your Propane Tank Gauge

Koppy’s Propane can ensure you never miss a propane delivery.

propane tank Mountain Top, PAAs we approach the summer months, our customers are looking forward to some exciting warm weather fun. What’s on your summer agenda? Family cookouts? Much-anticipated vacations?

With so much on our “to-do” lists, it can be easy to forget to check your propane tank levels. You don’t want to have an unanticipated run-out, leaving you without hot water, a working stove, a clothes dryer or other gas-fired appliances. At Koppy’s Propane, we can help you track your propane levels and keep your fuel tank filled all year round.

How to Check Your Tank Gauge

If you are a “Will Call” customer who contacts us whenever you need fuel, then it’s essential that you know how to check your propane tank gauge.

The gauge should be located under a dome on top of your tank. It has numbers ranging from 5 to 95, which denote the percentage fill of the tank, not how many gallons of propane are in there. If the needle is pointing to 50 on a 250-gallon propane tank, the tank is 50% full. So, you have about 125 gallons of fuel.

One important thing to remember is that this gauge reading reflects the volume of your propane, or how much space it takes up in the tank. Propane’s volume fluctuates a lot depending on outdoor temperatures. Propane’s volume increases nearly 17 times the volume change of water with the same temperature increase. Consequently, there might be slight variations in your gauge reading if temperatures drop or rise quickly, even if the amount of propane inside the tank remains the same.

Filling a Propane Tank

Propane’s volume fluctuations affect how propane companies like ours deliver your fuel. We need to account for the safe expansion of propane in your tank. So, we follow the “80% fill rule.” Leaving 20% of your tank empty prevents unsafe increases in pressure. That’s why you never see your tank gauge reading 100%, even right after a propane delivery.

Automatic Delivery from Koppy’s Propane

If you’ve ever run out of propane for your household, you know it’s a horrible inconvenience. You need to arrange an emergency propane delivery, and one of our technicians will need to perform a safety leak check before we can re-fill the tank and re-light your pilots. It’s a terrible inconvenience for everyone.

Luckily, Koppy’s Propane customers can make run-outs a thing of the past, and it doesn’t cost one dollar extra. We offer FREE automatic delivery service to customers, allowing you to put all the planning in our hands. We use your customer history and current weather patterns to calculate when you will need more propane. Then, we will schedule a propane delivery before you run low.

With automatic delivery, you don’t need to run outside on rainy nights to check your tank gauge, and you never ever need to worry about running out of fuel.

Get the propane delivery service that ensures you always have the fuel your home needs. Become a Koppy’s Propane customer.

Is Propane Heavier Than Air?

Breaking down the physical properties of propane gas.

propane density Hazleton, PA From time to time, the team at Koppy’s Propane receives a bit of a science quiz about our fuel from a customer. Luckily, our employees are propane experts and can give you a rundown of its physical properties, how it differs from other fuels and what this all means for your home in Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Is propane a gas or a liquid?

Propane can exist as both a liquid and a gas. When placed under pressure in a delivery truck, storage facility, home propane tank or portable propane cylinder, it takes the form of liquid. As pressure is relieved, liquid propane vaporizes and becomes a gas. This gas can then pass into a burner on your furnace, water heater, gas range, grill or another propane product.

How is propane different from natural gas?

Propane is a natural co-product of natural gas extraction. (More on that later.) However, they are fundamentally different fuels even though they serve similar roles in homes and businesses.

As mentioned earlier, propane can be stored and transported under pressure as a liquid. Natural gas is always gaseous. Natural gas is lighter than air and rises. For this reason, natural gas must be transported to homes and businesses via utility lines.

Natural gas is primarily composed of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is 80 times more effective than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere for 20 years after it is released. Propane, on the other hand, contains no methane.

Is propane heavier or lighter than air?

Even as a gas, propane is denser than air. One cubic foot of propane gas weighs approximately .1162 lbs., and one cubic foot of air weighs roughly .07655 lbs. As such, propane will settle to the lowest point possible.

Where does propane come from?

Most propane comes from natural gas extraction. It is a heavier hydrocarbon than natural gas and is separated as the lighter hydrocarbons are extracted. Some propane comes from the oil refining process, where it is a lighter hydrocarbon than diesel and gasoline. In both these cases, no additional wells need to be drilled to extract propane.

We are also seeing an increasing amount of propane coming from recycled and renewable sources like used cooking grease, animal fats, plant oils and biomass. The resulting product is called renewable propane, and it has all the benefits of conventional propane with a much lower carbon intensity. Renewable propane isn’t in wide residential use now — but its production is growing at a quick pace!

Koppy’s Propane — Your Partner for Year-Round Home Comfort.

Are you in need of a dependable propane delivery company in Hazleton or elsewhere in Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania? The Koppy’s Propane team has been serving homes and businesses since 1944. We provide complimentary automatic propane delivery, which ensures you never run out of this vital, versatile fuel.

Reach out to us to join the family of Koppy’s Propane customers. We are committed to your comfort!

Autogas Fleet Fueling Safety Tips for Drivers

Ensure safe, efficient fueling for your propane-powered fleet.

autogas Lancaster, PA Fleet fueling is more than a line item on your company budget. Not only is it one of your largest annual expenses, but errors involving fleet fueling can severely impact your drivers’ safety and your operation’s productivity.

At Koppy’s Propane, we’ve helped many fleet managers in Lancaster and elsewhere in Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania to transform their fleet fueling operations with propane autogas. Switching from gasoline and diesel to propane has some amazing benefits, including the following:

  • Propane autogas costs between 30% and 50% less than gasoline and diesel, on average.
  • Propane autogas significantly lowers your fleet’s carbon impact.
  • With lower carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide and particulate matter emissions, autogas vehicles ensure healthier air quality for your drivers.
  • Autogas engines offer significant benefits in terms of maintenance costs and service life.
  • The EPA classifies propane autogas as a non-contaminant for air, land and water, so placement of dispensing equipment isn’t as restricted as many other fuels.

Additionally, making the change to propane is almost always considerably more affordable than changing to comparable electric fleet vehicles.

But what about the safety of propane fleet fueling? Here are some tips to help your drivers stay safe while fueling their autogas fleet vehicles.

What precautions should drivers take when re-fueling an autogas vehicle?

Happily, propane autogas dispensing systems have some safety benefits that gasoline and diesel pumps don’t always have. You cannot begin dispensing autogas until the nozzle is fully connected to your vehicle, and an overfill prevention device (OPD) automatically cuts off the flow of propane when your tank is full.
Here are some basic safety precautions drivers can take before fleet fueling:

  • Park on level ground and ensure the vehicle is fully powered off.
  • Never smoke or use any other flame or spark-producing products around autogas equipment.
  • Touch a grounded object to discharge any static electricity before fueling.
  • Follow all directions posted on the autogas dispensing equipment.
  • Do not attempt to add additional propane autogas after the OPD has cut off the flow.

If you smell gas near the autogas dispenser, leave the area immediately and contact emergency services to address a potential propane leak.

What’s the safest way for your drivers to fuel their autogas vehicles?

While there are countless public propane autogas stations throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S., the best way to ensure your drivers have the safest and most secure fleet fueling process is by arranging an on-site autogas station at your business.

Working with a trusted partner like Koppy’s Propane, you can identify a convenient, level and safe space. You can typically enjoy even more fuel savings with on-site storage and equipment, and your drivers will always have a secure, easily accessible place to re-fuel.

Let Koppy’s Propane Assist with Your Propane Fleet Fueling.

We work with Alliance AutoGas to convert fleets to propane and set up on-site fleet fueling equipment. We can help you determine the upfront costs of conversion and how quickly you can expect payback on your investment. We’re also available to train your team on re-fueling safety and create a customized propane delivery schedule to keep your autogas tank reliably filled.

Are you interested in exploring your potential savings with propane autogas? Contact Koppy’s Propane to get started.

Propane-powered on-demand water heaters are energy efficient.

water heaters Dauphin County, PA Take a moment to think about the major appliances and products you’ve replaced in the last few years.

How much more technologically advanced is your current car than the old one you replaced? Today’s washers and dryers have sensors and precisely calibrated cycles that make them much more efficient than their predecessors. Even modern refrigerators are lightyears more advanced than the ones they replace.

But what about water heaters? According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average home in this country uses nearly one-fifth of its energy heating water. At Koppy’s Propane, we can help you take advantage of contemporary technology to enjoy maximum fuel efficiency in your home’s comfort equipment.

One of the most efficient products you can add to your Pennsylvania home is a propane tankless water heater.

How a Propane Tankless Water Heater Works

As you might imagine, a tankless water heater does not have a storage tank holding hot water. Instead, these systems heat up water on demand whenever a tap, fixture or appliance needs it.

Here are some general steps that a propane tankless water heater takes to deliver hot water to you:

  1. You start a hot water tap or appliance, and the unit detects the flow. A flow sensor determines the amount of hot water you will need.
  2. The propane tankless water heater’s igniter activates. A gas control valve opens, and the fan and venturi activate to supply the correct amount of propane.
  3. With a flame ready to heat the water, cold water enters the system and is preheated in the secondary heat exchanger.
  4. Preheated water passes from the secondary to the primary heat exchanger.
  5. The unit determines outgoing set temperatures and adjusts the flame accordingly.
  6. The heated water moves to the buffer tank, and then the desired hot water amount is delivered to you until you turn off the tap or appliance.

How Tankless Water Heaters Save You Money

When it comes to hot water generation, energy efficiency is the key to saving money without losing performance — and propane tankless water heaters are the pinnacle of efficiency.

When you have a traditional storage tank model, you are burning fuel regularly to heat and reheat a tank of water you aren’t using. These are called “standby losses,” and their cost adds up. Tankless water heaters eliminate these losses because you’re only using propane when you need hot water. The DOE estimates that tankless systems can be up to 34% more efficient than standard units.

Other Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

When you go tankless, you’ll be amazed at all the amazing advantages your home will experience, including the following:

  • More reliable hot water: These systems can generate virtually unlimited hot water on demand. No more cold showers while the dishwasher is running!
  • Longer service life: Because tankless systems have less exposure to corrosive particles, they tend to last many years longer than storage tank units.
  • More available space: Tankless propane water heaters are generally wall-mounted and the size of a suitcase. You’ll get back roughly 12 square feet of floor space.

Koppy’s Propane can upgrade your hot water generation

In Dauphin County and across Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania, Koppy’s Propane helps homeowners achieve maximum home comfort with propane gas. Our expert team can take you through your water heater options — both traditional and tankless — to find the perfect product for your home. We’re here to provide tankless water heater installation and maintenance, too.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to receive a free estimate today.

A Koppy’s Propane tank lease includes seamless installation.

propane tank Cumberland County, PA Adding propane service to your home can be a daunting task, especially when it means installing a new stationary propane tank on your property. Home propane tanks are pricy items, often costing several thousand dollars. Far too many homeowners try to cut corners by attempting their own propane tank installation.

Not only is it unsafe to install a propane tank yourself, but it more often than not results in even greater costs down the line because of repair gas leaks and improper propane appliance connections. In the end, you’ll wish you had hired a propane professional to handle the job for you.

Happily, Koppy’s Propane customers in Cumberland County and throughout Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania can affordably lease a propane tank from us and count on our expert team for installation and upkeep.

Why You Shouldn’t Do Your Own Propane Tank Installation

Many homeowners feel comfortable hanging a lighting fixture, mounting a new television or switching out a bathroom faucet. But anything involving a gas line needs to be handled by a licensed professional. Attempting to install a propane tank yourself is dangerous and often illegal.

The propane industry has rigorous training and licensing processes that Koppy’s technicians undergo. This training, combined with years of experience, ensures that we can properly prepare your property to set the tank, position it in a safe and accessible spot, safety-test it and connect it to your gas-fired systems and appliances.

When you work with a licensed propane installation team, you can be confident that your fuel storage is secure and safe.

The Benefits of Leasing a Tank with Koppy’s Propane

Leasing a tank with Koppy’s Propane puts to rest all the stress and risks associated with installing propane storage. Consider these advantages:

  1. Selection and Purchasing — Propane tanks are pricy, and it helps to have an expert partner to identify the best size and model for your household needs. We sell a range of propane tank sizes and can assist you in choosing the ideal product. And instead of spending thousands for a tank, you’ll pay a minimal monthly leasing fee.
  2. Tank Installation — Our team handles all the installation for tank lease customers. If you need excavation for an underground tank, we can do that. We’re also well-versed in local regulations and can handle all the permits for your new tank.
  3. Upkeep and Repairs — As a tank lease customer, you have peace of mind that the Koppy’s team will handle all maintenance and repairs for your tank. If necessary, we’ll replace the tank for you.

Get Exceptional Propane Delivery from Koppy’s!

On top of the excellent tank installation and upkeep you receive as a Koppy’s Propane customer, you can also take advantage of our top-tier propane delivery service. We have the most dependable delivery fleet in the region and offer free automatic delivery to our customers.

For superior propane tank services and fuel delivery in Pennsylvania, become a Koppy’s Propane customer today.

Propane is dependably U.S.-made and getting cleaner every year!

propane Mountain Top, PA Do you know where your home’s propane comes from?

There are a lot of energy sources in the U.S. that rely on international fuel suppliers, but happily, propane is not one of them. Over 90% of the propane used in the U.S. comes from right within our borders. Since 2011, we have exported more propane than we’ve used!

That means that you can feel confident that our country has a dependable domestic supply of the fuel that heats your home, warms up your showers, cooks your food, dries your laundry, provides backup electricity and powers a range of fantastic home amenities.

But the question remains: is propane renewable?

How is propane made?

To begin answering the question of whether propane is renewable energy, we should consider how it’s produced. Right now, the overwhelming majority of U.S. propane is a co-product of natural gas extraction. A fair amount also comes from the oil refining process. All that fuel can be considered conventional propane — as opposed to renewable propane, which we’ll discuss in a moment.

Producing conventional propane doesn’t require any additional drilling. The same wells that bring natural gas and crude oil to consumers also produce propane.

Is propane a greenhouse gas?

Propane is not a greenhouse gas. In fact, it’s listed as an alternative fuel in both the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Why is that?
It starts with propane’s carbon intensity or CI. This metric tells us how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is generated to produce a given amount of energy. Propane’s CI score is lower than heating oil, diesel and even Pennsylvania’s grid electricity. Propane is an efficient way to provide energy to your home systems and appliances. It takes 3.03 units of electricity to deliver one unit of energy to a U.S. home. But you get one unit of energy for every 1.01 units of propane!
Propane is also methane-free. Methane is even more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere over a 20-year period. (It’s also the primary component of natural gas.)

Propane emits virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen. It’s non-toxic, too. Even if an underground propane tank leaks, it won’t negatively impact soil, groundwater, aquatic life, marine life or plant life.

The bottom line is that conventional propane is already green. It’s getting greener with the emergence of renewable propane.

What is renewable propane?

Renewable propane is a fuel that is chemically identical to conventional propane (so it can be used in existing equipment without modification) but produced from recycled and organic feedstocks. These feedstocks include used cooking grease, animal fats, municipal waste, forest waste and plant oils.

Today’s renewable propane generally has a CI score that’s one-quarter that of conventional propane and less than one-fifth the CI of Pennsylvania grid electricity. Research happening right now promises to take that carbon impact even lower.

Renewable propane represents a relatively small percentage of American propane use today, but its production capacity continues to grow. You can expect it to be an integral part of decarbonization efforts in the coming years.

Do you need a reliable propane delivery company in Mountain Top or elsewhere in Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania? Join the Koppy’s Propane family of customers!

You can set up propane autogas fuel equipment at your business.

fleet fueling Hazleton, PA We’re living through an exciting time for our commercial transportation sector. Americans are dealing with the unfortunate reality that transportation is the single biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

To address fleet emissions, we’re seeing vehicles turn to alternative energy sources, including propane autogas. This process can be challenging for operators, but it also presents some considerable opportunities for efficiency and cost savings. Chief among these opportunities is on-site fueling.

What is on-site fueling?

On-site fueling means that your business maintains its own supply of fuel, as well as pumping equipment. Your fleet drivers are able to refill their tanks with you rather than going to a service station. You’ll work with a fuel company like Koppy’s Propane to keep your fuel tank filled.

What are the benefits of on-site fueling?

Setting up on-site fleet fueling equipment at your business yields significant advantages, including the following:

  • On-site fueling saves money. Rather than absorbing the markups and inflated rates of service stations, you can have a more affordable bulk propane price from your autogas partner. Your mileage will drop, too, since your vehicles will no longer need to go out of their way to fill up.
  • You will save your drivers’ time. No longer will they need to make special trips to refill their tanks at off-site service stations. They can fuel up at the beginning or end of their shift and spend their work hours driving.
  • You’ll end record-keeping and coordination headaches. As a fleet manager, you can say goodbye to the long nights of reconciling driver receipts. You no longer need to worry that your employees are forgetting to submit records or, even worse, submitting false expenses for reimbursement. Instead, you’ll have a single vendor handling all your fueling needs.
  • You control your fuel access. You won’t need to worry about your local gas station running out of fuel or dealing with technical issues. With an on-site fuel tank, well-maintained personal dispensing equipment and a trustworthy supplier, you can be confident you’ll always have the fleet fuel you need.

Should you consider a propane autogas conversion with Koppy’s?

You have the opportunity to lower your fleet’s emissions, improve engine performance and set up convenient on-site fueling infrastructure in the process. Koppy’s Propane partners with Alliance Autogas to help fleet managers convert to propane in Hazleton and throughout Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania.

When you move your service vans, school buses, shuttles and other fleet vehicles from gas and diesel to propane, you can lower your vehicles’ nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide and particulate matter emissions, vastly improving their environmental and air quality impact.

Alliance Autogas has also found that converting gas and diesel vehicles to propane yields fuel savings between 30 and 50 percent. Propane engines tend to have lower maintenance costs, longer service life and fewer cold-weather start-up issues.

Reach out to Koppy’s Propane today to get started making the change to autogas and setting up convenient, cost-effective on-site fleet fueling.

Here’s how often you should replace parts in your propane hearth product.

gas fireplace Lancaster, PA When the snow starts falling in Lancaster and other Southeastern Pennsylvania communities, you want to make sure your home is warm and cozy. For many Koppy’s Propane customers, a propane fireplace provides the perfect combination of robust supplemental heat and aesthetic appeal.

The products we sell and install from Majestic, Monessen and Empire Comfort Systems/White Mountain Hearth include authentic-looking, hand-painted gas logs. They are durable and attractive. Still, it’s important to maintain these products and replace parts if needed.

Benefits of Gas Fireplaces

When you invest in a gas fireplace or log set, you can enjoy exceptionally easy hearth fires that are as stunning as a wood fire. Instead of chopping and lugging wood, lighting a fire on your knees, adding logs and sitting up waiting for the embers to die down, you can just push a button to turn the flames on and off.

Gas fireplaces are much better for the air quality in your home. Wood smoke contains fine particulate matter that, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, can trigger asthma symptoms and cause illnesses like bronchitis. Propane emits virtually no particulate matter.

Because propane fireplace products emit less ash and soot, you don’t need to do as much chimney cleaning or maintenance. But you still need to maintain your fireplace product.

When to Replace an Artificial Log

Gas fireplace logs are made from durable materials that can withstand flames — generally ceramic fiber or refractory cement molded to look like natural wood. In a well-maintained, periodically-used fireplace insert, they can typically last for 10 years before requiring replacement. However, they may need to be replaced after three to five years if you use your gas fireplace more frequently.

Discoloration is normal for the logs in a propane fireplace. You don’t need to replace a log merely because it has become darker.

As a rule of thumb, you should replace any artificial logs with cracks and breaks. Cracked or broken logs can fall out of position, and gas fireplace products have been designed and safety-tested in specific arrangements. Rearranging them can pose a serious safety risk.

Servicing Propane Fireplaces

Like all gas-fired products in your home, a propane fireplace insert, gas log or other hearth product should receive regular service from a professional technician. Annual maintenance will ensure optimal performance. The professional HVAC team at Koppy’s Propane is happy to service your gas fireplace. We will clean it and test all components to ensure they’re working efficiently and safely. Arranging regular fireplace maintenance helps your equipment last for the longest time possible before needing to be replaced.

Koppy’s Propane sells top-quality propane appliances.

If you’re looking for propane appliances that can boost your comfort and quality of life, talk to the team at Koppy’s Propane. We sell and install superior gas-fired products, including:

  • High-efficiency furnaces
  • Traditional and tankless water heaters
  • Propane stoves
  • Propane space heaters and garage heaters
  • Chef-quality gas ranges

Don’t hesitate to contact our team with any questions about adding and maintaining propane appliances.

Enjoy practically unlimited hot water with lower energy bills.

water heater harrisburg, pa Of all the home comfort innovations in the last few decades, one of the most exciting has been the emergence of tankless water heaters. These on-demand systems are space savers and produce plentiful hot water right when you need it. And that’s just the beginning of their fantastic benefits.

Koppy’s Propane sells, installs and services tankless water heaters in Harrisburg, Hazleton, Carlisle and other cities in Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania.
You can install either a gas or electric tankless water heater. Both produce hot water on demand, but we have found that propane-fired tankless water heaters offer higher performance.

How does a tankless water heater work?

As you might imagine, tankless water heaters do not store hot water in a tank like traditional units. Instead, they heat water only when a tap, fixture or hot water appliance turns on. Propane and other gas-fired tankless systems use a super-hot flame calibrated to the water temperature and flow rate needed. Electric tankless water heaters have heated elements that cold water passes over to warm up.

The elements or flames remain on while you need hot water. Then, once the tap is closed or the appliance turns off, your tankless water heater shuts down.

Are electric or gas tankless water heaters better?

Firstly, it’s worth noting that making the change from a traditional water heater to a tankless system yields significant cost-saving benefits. Technicians often refer to storage tank water heaters as “reheaters” because they heat unused water in their tanks over and over again. This leads to considerable “standby losses.” The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has found that tankless water heaters are up to 34% more efficient than traditional units.

The DOE also finds that gas-fired tankless systems produce higher flow rates than electric models. That means that gas units can supply more hot water when, for example, you need to run a dishwasher while showering.

If you’re currently using a traditional electric water heater, upgrading to a propane-fired tankless water heater can yield significant energy savings. The Propane Education & Research Council found that a 2,400-square-foot Midwest home could save about $355 per year by making this switch. Those savings can defray the conversion cost pretty quickly!

What are the other benefits of a propane tankless water heater?

Propane tankless water heaters typically have longer service lives than storage tank units — up to 20 years with proper maintenance. Because there is no storage tank, you have less of a risk of water damage in your home. These compact, wall-mounted units also offer fantastic space savings.

Koppy’s Propane is your tankless water heater destination.

The Koppy’s Propane team is here to answer all your tankless water heater questions. We will look at your hot water fixtures and appliances and identify a properly sized product from an industry-leading manufacturer like Navien. Then, our expert technicians can perform your tankless water heater installation promptly and with minimal disruption to your daily life.

Reach out to Koppy’s Propane today for a FREE estimate on a new tankless water heater.