How Long Do Water Heaters Typically Last?

January 5, 2021

No matter the season, it’s important to have a reliable supply of hot water on-hand in your Sacramento home at all times. If you’ve noticed that your water heater doesn’t seem to be performing as well as it once did, you’re probably wondering if a replacement is on the horizon. To better determine the state of your water heater, it’s important to understand the factors that contribute to a water heater’s longevity. To understand just how long a water heater typically lasts, take a look at this insider’s guide to water heaters from Gallagher's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Typical Lifespan of

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Traditional Water Heater vs. Tankless Water Heater

December 1, 2020

Your water heater is an important aspect of home comfort and convenience. It ensures that you have hot water when you need it, and when your water heater falters or fails, it can certainly put a crimp in your lifestyle. When it comes time to choose a new water heater, homeowners have two primary choices: traditional water heaters, which are also known as tank- or storage-based, and tankless, which are also known as on-demand water heaters. Tankless water heaters provide many conveniences and benefits, and the industry believes that they will become the de facto standard in time. But is

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7 Benefits of Energy-Efficient Plumbing and Heating Systems

November 21, 2020

When it comes to the mechanical systems in many Sacramento, CA, homes, there are many improvements that could be made, especially in terms of efficiency. Beyond claiming better efficiency, though, are there any benefits to installing energy-efficient plumbing and heating systems? At Gallagher's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we firmly believe the answer is “yes.” To better explain why we feel this way, here are just a few of the many benefits of upgrading your home’s plumbing and heating systems. 1. Lower Utility Costs A big benefit of upgrading your home’s mechanical systems is lower utility costs. Given that a large

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8 Effects of Hard Water on Home Appliances and Plumbing

November 14, 2020

Many homeowners in California have hard water running in through their taps. This is due to at least 40% of their water being groundwater, which is harder than surface water. While hard water seems like a rusty nuisance that just stains your sink and other items, the truth is it’s more brutal on your plumbing system and home appliances. The difference between hard and soft water is that the former has higher mineral content. Hard water consists of sulfates, bicarbonates and chlorides with specks of oxidized ferrous iron which causes redness (or brown stains) on surfaces.

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Should You Invest In a Tankless Water Heater

August 15, 2020

If you are looking for a way to upgrade your home and save money on utility bills, it may be in your best interest to consider buying a tankless water heater. This type of product can be ideal if you have a large family or are looking to create a home that is more functional for you and your family. This type of product comes in multiple sizes, which means that it can be a perfect fit for your home regardless of how large it is. You’ll Never Run Out of Hot Water Perhaps the

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Plumbing Dangers: What You Should Never Do

July 10, 2020

Ideally, everything in your Sacramento, CA, home is going to operate as intended all the time. Appliances get old, however. This leads to them becoming worn-out, and eventually, they break down. Anytime there is a clogged drain or malfunctioning HVAC unit, it is inconvenient. Regular maintenance, which is one of our specialties at Gallagher's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, is one way to find potential issues before they cause an emergency situation. There are also things that you can do to help avoid emergencies. Read on to learn more about some potential plumbing dangers you can avoid. Ignoring

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Ways To Avoid Damaging Your Plumbing System

June 5, 2020

Taking steps to care for your home is a smart move. You want to preserve your property’s equity while avoiding running up unnecessary expenses in the house. Damaging the plumbing system, in particular, could contribute to avoidable problems. A homeowner might never dream of deliberately wrecking his/her plumbing, but oversights and benign neglect can lead to disastrous problems. Once you understand the common ways that homeowners damage pipes, drains, and fixtures, hopefully, you can take steps to avoid the same errors. Not Fixing Small Problems Before They Become Significant Ones There is no such

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