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The difference between boilers and furnaces, explained

What is the difference between boilers and furnaces? Or, boilers and water heaters? Many homeowners use these terms interchangeably, but these systems—from the way they work to their very purpose—are all incredibly different. In this article, we’ll review boilers, furnaces, and water heaters, and how to know which system you need for your home.

Do you live here in Buffalo or Western New York? At Reimer Home Services, we offer free in-home estimates on new boilers and furnaces. Give us a call today to learn more about heating installation from our team.


Get a free in-home estimate on a new furnace or boiler.

Does your home need a new heater? We’re here to help. At Reimer, we offer free in-home estimates on new heating systems—including both furnaces and boilers. Fill out the form to request an appointment with our team.


What is the difference between boilers and furnaces?

The majority of homes in the United States have a central heating system. Those that don’t typically have a ductless mini-split setup.

But, not all types of central heating systems are the same. The two most common types of heating systems installed in homes today include furnace and boilers. Some people think that the difference between the two is just semantics. However, this is not the case. Sure, both the systems keep the room warm, but the way that the warm air is generated is different.

Knowing the differences between a boiler and a furnace will be helpful when it comes to new heater installation. It will also be of use when conversing with the technician about heater problems. So, what are the differences between the two? You should continue reading the article to find out.

What are boilers?

A key difference between boilers and furnaces is that boilers heat water to be used for radiant heating, while furnaces heat air to be used for forced-air heating.

A key difference between boilers and furnaces is that boilers heat water to be used for radiant heating, while furnaces heat air to be used for forced-air heating.

Boilers generate warm air through the heated water in a tank. They don’t require ducts to circulate warm air throughout the house. Instead, heated water is circulated through pipes to different end points located inside the house that are typically baseboard heaters or radiators. This is known as radiant heating.

Electric boilers have heating elements to heat the water, while gas heaters use jets under the tank for the same purpose. The heat is moved through the end points into the living space through radiant heat transfer—the delivery of heat by increasing the surface temperature so that it warms the nearby area.

What are furnaces?

On the other hand, both gas and electric furnaces are forced-air systems. They combust fuel (gas) or generate heat (electricity) to heat up air, which is then blown through ducts into the living spaces of your home. The forced systems heat the air through a device known as heat exchangers. The heated air is then circulated inside the house through the ducts by blower fans. In electric-powered furnaces, heating elements are present that create warm air, while in fuel powered furnaces the warm air is created by the gas jets.

If your gas or electric furnace is getting up there in age, it might need to be replaced. Check out this article to learn why you should consider getting a new furnace installed before winter arrives.

So, which is better?

Each of the types of the heater has its own advantages and disadvantages. Boilers tend to produce cleaner heat and entail lower repair and operation costs. They also tend to be more energy-efficient: less heat energy is wasted through radiant heating compared to forced-air heating. Ultimately, this is a big difference between boilers and furnaces.

However, if your home isn’t set up for a boiler and radiant heating, you may find the cost of installation to be prohibitive—especially if you already have ductwork, anyway. Most homeowners looking to put in radiant heating do so during a major remodel or new home build so that they can run the water lines underneath floors. This has the added benefit of adding heated floors to your home.

What about water heaters?

Many people confuse water heaters and boilers. After all, the physics is fundamentally the same: both systems are using some form of energy (electricity, natural gas) to heat water inside of a tank, and then using pipes to distribute it out to other areas of your home. However, this is where the similiarities end. For the most part, the water inside of a radiant heating system and boiler exists in a closed loop—its purpose is to transport heat energy.

Water heaters, obviously, disperse water to the taps, faucets, and shower heads in your home. They are considered plumbing, while boilers are considered an HVAC system. If your water heater stops working, you’ll need to call a plumber. At Reimer, we have both HVAC techs and plumbers on our team.

Call Reimer for heating installation in Buffalo and Western New York

Whatever heating equipment you purchase, you can ensure that it continues to operate without a major fault for a long time through regular tune-up. If you want to get in touch with experienced NATE-certified furnace repair technicians in Western New York, you can contact our team by filling out the form below.

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Here are 5 things to consider when buying a new HVAC system

Buying a new cooling or heating system is a big investment. You need to consider the efficiency, size, type, ratings, and fit of each system within your budget. In this article, we’ll review what you need to consider when buying a new HVAC system for your home. Whether it’s spring and you’re looking for a new air conditioner or it’s fall and you need a new furnace, our buying guide can help you.

If you’re a homeowner or business owner here in Buffalo and Western New York, the team here at Reimer Home Services is ready to help you find the right cooling or heating system. Give us a call for a free in-home estimate today.

Look at the SEER rating (and other ratings)

Pictured: Air conditioners outside of a local home. When you're buying a new HVAC system, call Reimer!

If you’ve had your air conditioner or furnace for 10-20 years, HVAC technology has probably changed a lot since the last time you went shopping for one.

To get a good deal, it is important to go for the latest technology offered in the market in regards to energy-efficiency.

Getting an HVAC system with better ratings means you are saving significant amount of money every month while simultaneously protecting the environment.

SEER, HSPF, AFUE and EER are different rating methods designed to tell you, as the consumer, what you can expect from the HVAC system in terms of energy-efficiency. Generally speaking, the higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner or furnace.

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Pair your new system with a programmable thermostat

Thermostats have also come a long way in the last decade or so. There are now programmable thermostats available, which allow you to set the times and temperatures your air conditioner or furnace will run at. This kind of automated system can save you money on your monthly energy bills.

Many programmable thermostats can be controlled through your smartphone or smart home device. They’re a good investment to pair with a new air conditioner or furnace. By using your systems more efficiently, a programmable thermostat can help your HVAC units live longer, more productive lives.

Get the appropriate size of HVAC system

Another crucial thing to consider while you are buying a new HVAC system: make sure that the size of the unit fits your home space or size. The best way to find out what size of furnace or air conditioner you need? Call in the HVAC professionals at Reimer for a free installation estimate, and we’ll advise you on what size of HVAC unit to purchase.

Why does this matter? Well, an oversized or undersized HVAC system presents a number of problems that can end up costing you money. Here’s how:

  • Having too much heating and cooling capacity will make your HVAC system less efficient, because it will be consuming more energy to provide conditioned air for less space. It will also constantly start and stop, causing further wear-and-tear than normal.
  • Have too little heating and cooling capacity means you will be sacrificing your comfort because there will be inadequate cooling or heating according to the size of your home. Your system will also accrue more wear-and-tear as it runs constantly to try to keep up with demand.

Get honest advice on what HVAC unit is best

A lot of heating and cooling companies specialize or partner with just one brand. Even if that brand’s systems aren’t right for your home, they’ll have no choice but to push you in that direction, since that’s what they sell and install.

In contrast, a company like Reimer carries and installs multiple makes and models of air conditioners and furnaces, which means we can give you a more honest evaluation of the type that’s right for your home.

Cost matters… but not exactly in the way you think

Don’t make the mistake of just picking an air conditioner or furnace based on the sticker price alone. That’s a bad way to think about things, because the true cost of a HVAC system can often only be evaluated when it finally stops working.

Buying a new HVAC system? Be sure to have a professional technician install it in your home.

Buying a new HVAC system? Be sure to have a professional technician install it in your home.

Here’s what that means: let’s say that you purchase a less expensive air conditioner that saves you $3,000 compared to a better, more expensive model. You might think you got a great deal! But, if that worse air conditioner needs constant repairs, uses more energy, and dies at an earlier date than the other unit, you might not come out ahead at the end.

That’s why energy efficiency is so important: if you choose to buy a less expensive and less efficient air conditioner or furnace, you’re going to pay for it, every single month, for the lifetime of that unit. Just something to think about when you’re buying a new HVAC system.

For more tips on buying a new HVAC system, call Reimer

After getting the right HVAC system for your house, it is important to get it installed professionally for optimal results. At Reimer, our technicians are experienced professionals serving the greater Buffalo, New York area. We offer free in-home estimates on new systems, so don’t hesitate to give us a call with your questions or to get started.

You can reach our team at (716) 694-8524, or contact us online.

When you need a new furnace, choose professional installation

Even for the handiest of homeowners, furnace installation is not a DIY project. It’s not a job for your cousin, Dave, or your neighbor, Bob. An improperly installed furnace can be a danger to you and your home at worst, and—at best—inefficient and ineffective, costing you more money down the road. Choose professional installation for your furnace. Choose Reimer.

Here are some of the reasons why hiring a professional to install your furnace is the best idea.

1. A professional will do the job right—and safe

Your furnace is one of the few appliances in your home that connects to a gas line. Whenever a new furnace replaces an older system, this change-out presents a point of danger. An experienced HVAC technician knows the protocol and steps required to safely install a new furnace, so that you’re not putting your family and home in danger.

2. Not all furnaces are the same, but our techs know them all

Even if you think you know how to handle your furnace installation, what might trip you up is that different models from different brands from different manufacturers can often be, well, very different.

An HVAC professional with experience in the field, such as those employed at Reimer, knows their way around furnaces of all types and stripes. They’ll know the differences between systems and how to properly install each.

There will be a marked difference in the way they will install the furnace as compared to a DIY job. Again, at worst, that difference could very well be your family’s safety.

3. Reimer’s team has the right tools for the job

It’s not like installing a furnace is a job that takes just a flathead screwdriver and some AA batteries. It’s a complex process that requires specialized tools—many of them unique to HVAC work. Our techs have this equipment in their vans; even if you want to DIY install your home’s heating system, you’ll have to buy or rent them from a store.

It’s not just a matter of having the tools. You have to be able to know how to use them. Our technicians are informed by years of experience and training on how to safely and properly use tools, and ensure that the furnace has been installed right. A DIY-er only has some light instructions from YouTube. It’s just not a good idea.

Our recommendation? Call in the experts at Reimer

Honestly, the best thing to do under these circumstances is to leave the job to the professionals. Our techs are trained. They have the right equipment. They’re ready to help.

If you need a new furnace in Buffalo or Western New York, contact our team here at Reimer to schedule your free in-home estimate.

Here are 3 important water conserving plumbing tips for your home

water conserving plumbingThe waste of water not only increases your water bill. It is estimated that about 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted every year in the country, and a lot of that is due to plumbing problems. That’s why it’s a good idea to have Reimer install water conserving plumbing fixtures.

For instance: a faucet leaking at 10 drips of water results in wastage of 526 gallons of water every year. This adds about $10 to the annual water bill. Many other plumbing problems contribute to wastage of water.

In this article, we will share some of the smart plumbing fixes that could help you play your part in conserving water and also save money along the way due to reduced water bills.

1. Fix toilet and faucet leaks

Toilet leaks are often hidden from sight. They remain hidden for long periods of time and waste up to 200 gallons in a single day.

Faucet leaks are more visible that also result in wastage of hundreds of gallons. So, it’s important that you contact a professional plumber to detect and fix plumbing leaks. This could help conserve a large amount of water and prevent inflated water bills.

2. Install smart plumbing fixtures

If you have old plumbing fixtures, it’s recommended that you consider replacing them with new ones. Older model toilets use about 3 gallons of water per flush, while the newer models made after 1990s only use 1.6 gallons per flush.

Also, the latest dual-flush toilets can further help in conserving lots of water.  You can also buy smart plumbing fixtures that provide water whenever the hand comes close to the fixture. It’s easy to find ways to install water conserving plumbing. Be sure to call our team at Reimer for more on fixture installation.

In this way, you can conserve a lot of water that is otherwise wasted due to a running tap when brushing teeth or washing hand and dishes.

3. Have Reimer install a low-pressure valve

The installation of a low-pressure valve is another effective way to conserve water. You should particularly install the low pressure valve in case the water pressure inside the house is 60 pounds per square inch. This not only results in water wastage but also damage the plumbing system. The low pressure valve can effectively limit the wastage of water.

Other tips for water conservation in your home

The above are the three of the most important plumbing tips to conserve water. Of course, there are plenty of other ways in which you can conserve water. Consider rinsing fruits and vegetables in a bowl instead of using running water, or use aerators in the taps to reduce the water flow.

Call Reimer for water conserving plumbing work and other plumbing services

In case, you want professional plumbing service in Buffalo and surrounding areas, you can call us at Reimer Home Services. We have a team of certified plumbers who can give you expert, money-saving plumbing advice.

Electric Or Gas Tankless Water Heater: Which One Should You Buy?

Electric or gas tankless water heater

Deciding between an electric or gas tankless water heater? In this guide, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of each system.

Most people tend to get confused when it comes to deciding whether to buy an electric or gas tankless water heater. Both the versions have different advantages and disadvantages.

Knowing about the pros and cons is important to make a wise purchase decision for the home. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of each system.

Call Reimer for tankless water heater installation and service.

The pros and cons of gas tankless water heaters

The gas tankless water heater is run by either gas or propane.  Some models also have both propane and gas option. The reputable brand gas heaters tend to cost about $1,000 to $2000 and more. The venting requirements add to this cost of gas heaters. In some cases, you might also have to install the right size gas line for the heater.

Gas water heaters have a greater flow rate as compared to electric heaters. They can heat up to 8 GPM and more in warmer climates. Another advantage of gas heaters is that they are 10 to 20 percent less costly to operate as compared to electric heaters.

The pros and cons of electric water heaters

Electric tankless water heaters tend to be much less costly as compared to gas tankless heaters. You can find a good model electric heater for about $500 to $800. There are no requirements of venting or another gas line as is the case with gas heaters.

Operating costs of electric water heaters is high. The electric heaters use traditional electricity that is more costly than gas.

Also, in colder climates or where there is a need for high flow rate, a 200 AMP electric service needs to be installed that adds to the cost of the heater. For warmer regions, about 100 to 150 AMP electrical service is required. This is an important consideration when buying an electric heater as not all homes have such electrical service available, and upgrading can substantial add to the cost of installing the heater.

The bottom line: which is the better 0ption for the home?

After reading the above pros and cons of gas and electric tankless heaters, you should be able to make up your mind as to which is the better option of the two for you. If you have a gas line installed in your house that can support gas water heater, the best option is a gas water heater.

Also, a gas water heater is the right choice if the existing infrastructure does not support the electric power heater requirements. In such a case, a gas water heater will be better as not only the installation cost will be less but you will save money due to lower energy bills.

In all other cases, electric tankless water heater is the right choice. There is no need to install additional gas line or venting for the heater. Also, if you area suffer from gas line disruptions such as during extreme frigid months, it’s better that you install gas electric heaters.

Have Reimer help you decide between an electric or gas tankless water heater

For more information on buying the right tankless heater in Buffalo and Western New York area, you can contact Reimer Home Services.

Furnace repair versus replacement

It’s a cold night in Buffalo, and your furnace just died. It heated your home for more than a decade. Now, you’re at a crossroads: do you have Reimer fix your current furnace, or is it time to upgrade to a new system? Believe it or not, most homeowners have to make this decision at one time or another. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the furnace repair versus replacement debate.

Furnace Repair versus replacementWhen should I think about getting a new furnace?

On average, most furnaces last between 10-13 years. As a general rule of thumb, a furnace under ten years old may still be worth repairing, since you can expect to get some more years of efficient, effective heating out of it. Reimer can help with this: we offer 24/7 emergency furnace repair services.

However, if your furnace is more than a decade old, you should at least consider replacement as an option. If your furnace is 15 or 20 years old, you should strongly consider replacement: even if your furnace has kept itself running, it’s likely to be far less energy efficient or effective than a newer model.

For most homeowners, a furnace breakdown is the point at which they make the decision to replace their furnace. In some ways, that makes sense: it forces you to decide between furnace repair versus replacement right then and there. However, you may want to get a new furnace before your previous one dies. That way, you won’t have to be without heating during the coldest nights of winter in Buffalo.

Deciding between furnace repair versus replacement

If you’re trying to decide between keeping your old furnace or replacing it with a new one, you should consider energy efficiency, reliability, and performance.

  • Energy Efficiency: As furnaces near the end of their lifespan, they become less efficient, as parts that were once new don’t move as well as they did 20 years ago. Think about it: your furnace has been running nearly constantly for months at a time for many years now. Plus, a newer furnace can take advantage of two decades of better technology and energy-efficient design. If you’ve been debating furnace repair versus replacement, consider how much money a new furnace will save you on your heating bills each and every winter.
  • Reliability: In addition to being a major headache that leaves your home feeling frosty, a furnace breakdown can also cost you money for repairs. The older a furnace gets, the more likely it is to break down, and each time you decide to repair it, you could be just putting off the inevitable. All those repair costs can add up over time. In contrast, a new furnace is not only less likely to break down, but also comes with a warranty that covers some of the repairs it might need. Take this into consideration when weighing furnace repair versus replacement.
  • Performance: Has your older furnace been struggling to keep your home warm at night? Has your home had hot and cold spots and inconsistent temperatures between rooms? This may be a sign that your furnace is struggling to keep up with demand, and is seeing its performance start to slip. In addition to not being able to heat your home, your furnace is probably burning more and more energy to do less heating—a lose-lose situation. If this is the case, it might be time to consider upgrading to a new furnace from Reimer. Don’t forget to think about your comfort when debating between furnace repair versus replacement.

Reimer can help with both furnace repair and replacement

Every furnace is different. This blog post has some general tips, but to make an informed decision between furnace repair versus replacement, you’ll need to have one of the NATE-certified technicians at Reimer inspect your furnace. That’s why we offer 24/7 furnace repair services in Buffalo and Western New York.

Once our technician has inspected your furnace and provided you with an honest, upfront quote, we’ll be able to give you an informed recommendation on whether or not you should upgrade to a new furnace. From there, we’ll talk to you about some of our new systems and schedule a free, in-home estimate with you to discuss your options.

Ready to get started? Give Reimer a call today at (716) 694-8524 or contact us online.

Why you should consider furnace replacement this fall

Here in Buffalo, a cold winter is fast approaching. Western New York sees it all in the winter: blizzards, below-freezing nights, and windy days. Your home should be a warm place where both your family and water pipes aren’t freezing, but are instead warm and comfortable. However, if you’re relying on an aging furnace that is near the end, you might be in for a cold awakening. You’ll need furnace replacement.

Most furnaces last between 10-20 years, with some lasting longer thanks to a good furnace maintenance record. Yet, if your heating system is getting up there in age, this fall might be a good time to consider a furnace replacement. In this blog post, we’ll share just some of the reasons that upgrading to a new furnace makes sense.

Reimer offers free estimates on new advanced Carrier furnaces. To get started, contact our team, or keep reading to learn more.

Furnace ReplacementThe truth about an aging furnace

When you bought your house twenty years ago, maybe it came with a furnace. Or, if you’ve been in your home longer than that, maybe you remember having it installed in the mid-1990s. Perhaps your furnace is slightly younger than that, or you’re just not sure.

There’s a common saying you might have heard: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Many people use this a justification for keeping aging HVAC systems hobbling along, year-after-year. After all, it’s hard to come to terms with replacing something that’s technically still running, right? To use another expression, why look a gift horse in the mouth? Your furnace has been fortunate enough to live to a ripe old age. You’re lucky!

Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as that. Think of your furnace in the context of a car. Sure, your very old compact car might still be street legal, but it can’t get above 45 MPH and it gets below double-digits in gas mileage. At some point, what you’re spending on repairs and energy begin to add up, to the point where maintaining your clunker of a car just isn’t it worth it anymore.

The same principle can apply to furnaces. Here in Buffalo and Western New York, heating systems are in-use through almost every night of the cold winter, working hard to keep your home and family warm. All this constant work puts strain on your furnace, and parts begin to wear down. Winter after winter, your heating system is marching toward its eventual breakdown. Along the way, it’s becoming less efficient and breaking down more often.

When will the final day be?

Nothing lasts forever. If you’re counting on your furnace to get you through the cold nights this winter, your old furnace may not be up to the task. In fact, a very old furnace could just quit working as a result of mechanical failure.

Part of the problem with gambling with an old furnace is that you don’t get to pick the time or circumstances under which your system gets replaced. For example, having to replace your furnace in a pinch is possible, but it means that you’ll need to figure out how to heat your home without it. Replacing your furnace in the fall, spring, or summer is easy for everyone involved, while replacing your furnace in a January blizzard is less so. Reimer will work with you to get your furnace replaced as fast as possible, but it’s sometimes better to plan ahead.

When you get a new furnace before your old one breaks down, you get to choose the place and time of your furnace replacement and have a minimal gap in heating.

Why should I upgrade to a new furnace?

In contrast to your old, aging furnace, a new furnace gives you a fresh start. Here’s how.

Furnaces manufactured today are better than those manufactured ten or twenty years ago. That’s because the technology has improved and furnaces are being designed with a greater emphasis on energy efficiency, to meet the (very reasonable) demands of consumers who want to save money on their electricity or gas bills. In addition to using less energy, today’s air conditioners are more powerful, have more precise heating, are often connected to smart devices, and run more quietly.

With a new furnace, you get a clean start on a new maintenance record (especially important if you purchased a home with a furnace and don’t know how or even if it was taken care of before your ownership) and a manufacturer’s warranty. That’s on top of the fact that a brand-new system is unlikely to encounter any major repair needs during its first few years of operation.

How do I start the furnace replacement process?

At Reimer, we offer free estimates on new systems. Give us a call, and we’ll arrange for one of our certified techs to come to your home and begin measurements. These are important: your heating system needs to match the size of your home for consistent and energy-efficient heating. As a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, we carry a wide selection of some of the most powerful and efficient furnaces on the market today. Once you’ve received your free estimate, you can make the decision whether to purchase.

We look forward to working with you on your furnace replacement. Contact Reimer today for your free estimate.

Hot water heater types: which should you buy?

You need a new hot water heater in your home. After years of great service from your older one, it’s time to make an upgrade. But, there’s a lot of different water heaters on the market. Not just makes and models, but in terms of hot water heater types. Gas, electric, tankless, solar: what do all these terms mean, and what are the real advantages and disadvantages of each?

In our latest blog post, we’ll run through these hot water heater types and explore what makes each of them different.

Standard Water Heater - Hot Water Heater Types

The bottom of a standard hot water heater.

Standard water heaters

These are, by far, the most common type of water heater in American homes. They have a familiar tank, and are usually placed in the garage or in a laundry room. These systems heat water and then store it in the tank until it’s called out by a faucet or drain in the home. These system regulate the temperature and pressure of the water inside. Compared to tankless water heaters or other models, these are, by far, the least expensive option for most homes.

Standard water heaters do have their downsides, however. Since they heat and store a certain amount of water, they can run out of it, especially during high-demand periods. For example, a family of four that gets ready in the morning for school and work may find that the last person to take a shower “runs out” of hot water. In addition, standard water heaters only last between 10-12 years, and they run the risk—especially near the end of their life—of bursting their tank and causing flooding.

Despite these downsides, standard water heaters remain an affordable way for most families to get hot water in their home. There are two kinds of standard water heaters: gas and electric.

Hot water heater types

The most standard hot water heater setup.

Gas water heaters

The first thing to note, of course, is that your home needs to have both natural gas available and a hookup for a gas water heater. Without either of those things, you’ll want to get an electric water heater.

However, if your home is wired for natural gas, these type of water heaters are probably your best bet. While, on average, they’re a bit more expensive than their electric siblings, standard gas water heaters are more energy efficient. Over the course of years, those savings will likely add up to more than make up the difference in cost.

Electric water heaters

If you don’t have gas connections, you will have to get an electric water heater of some kind. A standard electric water heater uses more energy than gas units or tankless systems, but is the least expensive option.

An additional downside of an electric water heater? If the power goes out at your home, you’ll no longer have access to hot water.

Tankless water heaters

As their name heavily implies, tankless water heaters do not have tanks like standard water heaters. Nor do they hold water. Instead, they pass water through the system, heating it as needed.

This gives them multiple advantages over standard water heaters. First, tankless water heaters can supply an “unlimited” amount of hot water to your home. Since the system is just heating water as it passes through, it’s not limited to what water has been pre-heated in a tank. For larger families with hectic morning schedules, this can make all the difference.

Tankless systems are more energy-efficient than their standard peers—in fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that tankless water heaters use 24-34% less energy than a normal, tanked system. For families that use a lot of hot water, those savings can really add up each year. One final advantage of a tankless water heater? They can least between 15-20 years, sometimes doubling the lifespan of a standard system.

Types of hot water heaters - Tankless

Tankless hot water heaters are often wall-mounted, saving you space, as well.

Tankless systems do have a few downsides. The other side of being able to supply limitless hot water is that the amount supplied cannot exceed the amount that can be pushed through the system. So, for example, attempting to run the dishwasher, laundry, and the shower all at the same time will probably exceed the capacity of the tankless system. The other downside, as we’ve alluded to, is the cost. Tankless systems can cost far more than standard water heaters. In many instances, the energy savings from a tankless system can exceed the cost of the system, but only over the total 20-year lifetime. In other words, you won’t see your return on investment for two decades after your purchase.

Other hot water heater types

Other, less common hot water heater types include solar water heaters and condensing water heaters. For more on these systems, be sure to look through this buying guide from Consumer Reports.

What hot water heater types are best for your home?

Every home is different, and every family has different hot water needs. Water heaters are not always a one-size-fits-all purchase. That’s why we recommend that you give our team a call. We’re a trusted hot water heater installer serving Buffalo and Western New York. Our state-certified plumbers and technicians can help you and your family find the right water heater for your home. Give us a call today at (716) 694-8524, or contact us online.

Why you should consider tankless water heaters

While most people are familiar with the traditional water heater tank that has been a fixture in households for decades, tankless water heaters are becoming more and more popular thanks to their numerous benefits. The Reimer team has installed many of these water heaters in homes over the past few years. In this post, we explore what makes these systems different from the usual water heater and what advantages they have.

They’re more efficient

Tankless water heaters use less energy than conventional water heaters; according to some estimates, a gas tankless system uses more than 20 percent less energy than a normal water heater. Those savings can add up over the total lifespan of the system, eventually coming close to paying for the cost of the unit itself. Plus, by using less energy as a part of your water heating, you’re doing your part to help the environment. Tankless water heaters have a number of benefits, but energy savings is probably the most prominent.

You get hot water, when you want it

Unlike normal hot water heaters that hold a set amount of water in a tank, tankless water heaters circulate water past heating coils that quickly raise it to the requested temperature. Since this water is coming from the normal water supply and is being heated as needed, you have—effectively—an endless supply of hot water. This makes tankless water heaters popular amongst multi-generation households or those with large families: many people can shower consecutively in the morning without the system “running out” of hot water.

Plus, tankless water heaters are better at providing you with hot water faster than a traditional tanked water heater, which means less waste while you wait for the sink or shower to “heat up”.

No risk of flooding

Tankless water heaters, as the name implies, do not carry a store of water. Traditional water heaters carry a risk of leaking or bursting in a way that floods your home and causes major damage. With tankless systems, there is no tank that can burst, and it’s highly unlikely that the system will have a leak.

While these systems don’t last forever, most last for about 20 years. This can be twice the lifespan of a normal tanked water heater. That lifespan should factor into your purchasing decision: while tankless systems can be more expensive, you may be able to just have one in the time you would have gone through two normal water heaters.

Call Reimer to learn more about tankless water heaters

Since 1921, Reimer has been helping the residents of Western New York with their heating, cooling, and plumbing service needs, from new system installation to upkeep and emergency repair. In those 95 years, Reimer has set the standard for service and product excellence. Today, our experienced technicians and plumbers continue that proud tradition. Skilled and friendly, they’re ready to help with any project, from tankless water heater installation to emergency plumbing fixes.

If you’re interested in learning more about what a tankless water heater can do for your home and energy bills, give our team a call at (716) 694-8524.

Should I repair or replace my AC unit?

It’s a question that we get all the time here at Reimer: should I have my AC unit repaired, or should I purchase a new one?

AC unit installationFirst, some advice: every situation (and AC system!) is different, and the best way to have your dilemma answered is by talking to one of the professionals at Reimer and having them inspect your current system. However, to get the conversation started, here are some things to consider when you’re debating between repair and replacement.

When to consider AC unit repair:

  • If you have a younger system: If your air conditioner is less than 10 years old, you should strongly consider repair. As long as it doesn’t have a long or extensive history of breaking down, a less-than-decade-old AC unit probably has years of service ahead of it. Most air conditioners last between 10-15 years but properly maintained ones can last far longer than that.
  • If you have a strong maintenance history: Without annual maintenance from an industry-certified professional, your AC unit may encounter problems that snowball into long-term damage and wear. However, if you’ve done a good job keeping up with maintenance, you’re more likely to ride out the repairs that you do need and have a longer system lifespan.
  • If you’re otherwise satisfied with your system: If your system is delivering you energy efficiency in-line with your expectations and cooling that gets the job done for your family, take that into consideration when weighing repair versus replacement. A new unit will probably have efficiency gains, but if the gulf isn’t significant, you may want to stick with your current system.

When to consider AC unit replacement:

  • When it’s only slightly more expensive than the repair: The cost of some repairs—depending on the problem and how extensive the fix is—may come close to the cost of just purchasing a new unit. If this is the case, you’ll want to go with a new system, even if it costs you some extra money. You’ll make it up in the added energy efficiency and years of your new system. Remember: sometimes, your current AC unit is a sunk cost. It’s time to move on.
  • If the repairs are becoming repetitive: It’s one thing to pay for a single repair a single time. However, if your AC is starting to become a money pit where small repairs keep adding up, you may need to cut the cord and move on to a new system. Weigh the costs and think about an honest figure for how much your AC has cost you—in both actual money and in time and patience.
  • If you stand to benefit from better efficiency: If—on top of needing repairs—your current AC is an aging energy hog, you may want to think about a new unit as not only an AC replacement but an investment. Chat with the technicians at Reimer, and they’ll help you figure out how much a new, advanced system can save you every single month.

Why choose Reimer Heating and Air Conditioning?

Since 1921, Reimer has provided Western New York and Buffalo with quality heating and cooling services, including installation, repair, and maintenance. We also offer plumbing services. That’s nearly a century of helping homeowners keep their homes comfortable. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee, NATE-certified technicians, and overall commitment to quality service have made us a local favorite.

Whether you need help deciding between AC repair or replacment—or already know and need to schedule service—give the professionals at Reimer Heating and Air Conditioning a call.