Hot Water Requirements for Walk-In Tubs

To support our last blog post on “Why a Walk-In Tub is Right for You”, I’d like to respectfully submit another article that supports this claim that came to us from a Walk-In Tub manufacturer with a stellar reputation for excellent customer service and superior products, Bliss Tubs of Covina. The following has been taken from an informational flyer of theirs that I felt is worthy of our blog: GUIDANCE FOR ASSESSMENT OF HOT WATER REQUIREMENTS FOR WALK-IN TUBS The customer’s hot water heater should be assessed during the walk-in tub planning process. For a regular size Bliss wlk-in tub such as the B3052 and B3054 models, many Bliss purchasers have been happy with the hot water delivery from their existing 40 gallon tanks. However, as discussed below, major hot water heater manufacturers recommend a 50 gallon water heater. In addition to the current heater’s capacity, the heater’s age and location can affect the amount of hot water that can be delivered to the walk-in tub. As water heater’s age, their performance declines. Location of the hot water heater relative to the location of the walk-in tub can also have an impact. Tank Heaters For a regular size Bliss walk-in tub as the B3052 and B3054 models, the recommended minimum tank size for electric or gas tank water heaters is 50 gallons. Normally one can assume a 70% hot water output from any tank heater (tank heater manufacturers can provide specifications and reccomendations.) A 70% output should provide roughly 35 gallons of hot water from a 50 gallon tank with the thermostat set to the industry standard of 120...

Why a Walk-in Bathtub is right for You!

Walk-in Bathtubs are new, emerging products coming to the bath remodel world and Pykles is happy to share our expertise in installing and maintaining these tubs with our clientele here in San Diego. To get started in explaining why a walk-in tub may be the right thing for you and your family, we’d like to first dispel any misconceptions or myths regarding these tubs, their usage and ease of accessibility. The first common question our customers ask regarding Walk-in tubs is: How long do walk-in tubs take to fill? How much water does a walk-in tub require? The answer to these questions is simple. Walk-in bathtubs have roughly the same footprint as any standard size 30″ x 60″ bathtub, with the obvious exception, of course, to their height, which usually measures around 38″. Taking into account the displacement of water of any bather, along with the shape of the bathtub’s seating area, any standard size walk-in tub will use between 30-35 gallons of water per bath. Pykles understands that this can make bathing not only a large time commitment, but a large use of water for any home as well. This leads us to our next question, which is: 2. “Won’t my bath water get cold by the time my walk-in bathtub finishes filling?” and, “Do I have to use my walk-in bathtub as a bathtub?” Pykles is happy to say that the answer to both of these questions is NO. The great thing about walk-in tubs is that most models come with air-massage features such as jets or a bubbler. These features use electric motors coupled with in-line heaters to...

Pykles is proud to be named an Accredited Bosch Contractor

Pykles Remodeling is proud to announce that we are the latest ABC Contractors to be selected by the Bosch Corporation to represent them and the service of their products exclusively for San Diego County. What is an ABC Contractor? Accredited Bosch Contractors are members of a select group of professional heating and air conditioning installers. This means that Pykles has been individually selected by Bosch, inducted into the ABC program, factory-trained, and equipped with the information and tools required to install, service and maintain Bosch and Buderus equipment to the highest standards. How does this benefit me as a Homeowner? Pykles was selected by a Bosch representative based on our expertise in sizing, installing and servicing HVAC systems. Additionally, this means that Pykles has been required to attend factory training and routinely performs quality installations of one or more products such as: Tankless water heaters Heat pump and solar hot water systems Heating boilers Geothermal heat pumps Extensive Training. An ABC contractor is factory-trained to properly install and service Bosch products and has experience installing such systems. Extended Warranty Coverage. After installing your Bosch or Buderus heating or cooling system, Pykles registers the products on your behalf. You will receive a certificate of registration as proof of the extended one-year warranty as well as the standard warranty. Exclusive No-Cost Extended Warranty. Only an ABC Contractor is authorized to provide this one-year extended warranty in addition to the standard Bosch product warranty for added peace of mind. Technical Expertise. If your Bosch HVAC system ever requires service, Pykles has access to spare parts along with technical support from Bosch and Buderus factory-trained experts. If...

EZTR40 – A Whole New Way to Install Tankless Water Heaters

As the year comes to a close our vendors build anticipation with the promise of new and exciting products they have researched and developed that will be launching at the start of 2015. One of the products that Pykles is proud to announce is the EZTR40 from Noritz. The Noritz co. is on the verge of completely revolutionizing the way their tankless water heaters will be used in place of the standard 40 gallon Natural Gas tank type heaters in your home or garage. Let me give you a brief history as to how tankless heaters used to be installed and just how the EZTR40 is different. The EZTR40 stands for “Easy Tank Replacement – 40″ meaning this unit is meant to replace any 40 gallon Natural Gas heater in your home. Prior to the EZTR40, anytime a homeowner wanted to have a tankless heater installed it would come with the added expense of changing out their existing 1/2″ gas line from their old heater for a larger 3/4″ gas line from their meter to accommodate the high powered burner and heat exchanger that was a part of the new design. Additionally, homeowners would have to have their plumbing contractor extend or move the existing copper water lines to and from the heater to reach the bottom of these tankless units. These extra labor and material costs have gone away with the new innovation which is the EZTR40. The EZTR40 uses a 1/2″ gas line to power it’s burner assembly to 15,000 to 120,000 BTU’s with a Maximum Flow Rate of 6.6 GPM (gallons per minute) all while utilizing...