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Which Kind of Water Heater is Right For My Home?

Parker Gas is your local water heating expert!

water heaters north carolina If your water heater is 10 years old or older, it’s time to start planning for a water heater replacement. The average lifespan of a storage-tank water heater is only 10 to 12 years.

At Parker Gas, we provide top-tier water heater installation, maintenance, and repair services. We are a Rinnai-certified ACE dealer and can help you get any rebates or specials your new water heater qualifies for, saving you money!

Not sure which type of water heater is right for you? Here’s a breakdown of the different kinds available so you can make the best decision for your needs and budget.

Storage tank water heaters

A tank water heater stores and heats a large amount of water so that it will always be available whenever you need it. The pipe that brings hot water to wherever it is needed, such as the dishwasher or washing machine, is located above the tank.

Water heaters have come a long way in terms of energy efficiency and replacing an old model with a new one can be a great way to save money. Tank water heaters are affordable and easy to install, making them popular among homeowners.

Tankless water heaters

A tank water heater stores all of the hot water your home has available at any given moment. This type of heating system regularly heats and reheats the water throughout the day and night so that you always have access to hot water.

You can save up to 40% on your water heating energy costs by switching to a tankless water heater. This appliance only heats water when you need it, so you’ll never have to worry about running out. For most people, heating water makes up 20% of their total energy costs every year.

Although a traditional tank water heater only lasts for about 10 years, investing in a tankless model will provide you with 20 or more years of hot water.

Indirect water heaters

Indirect water heaters are water heating systems that heat water using your home’s heating system.

Indirect water heaters are more energy efficient and can help reduce your water heating bill, especially during the colder months. However, they need to be connected with your home’s heating system, which makes installation more involved than a conventional or tankless water heater would be. Consequently, indirect heaters tend to cost more than other types of heaters overall.

Signs that you need a new water heater

Replacing your water heater before it begins to fail gives you the opportunity to compare different models and find the best one for you. You’ll feel much better knowing that you made a proactive decision.

Water heater malfunctions can often be prevented by checking it on a regular basis for any early signs of failure. If you see any of the following, call Parker Gas immediately:

Contact Parker Gas today to get started on upgrading to a new, high-efficiency water heater!

How To Choose a Whole-House Generator

Get safety and comfort from Parker Gas

generators north carolina Here in Eastern North Carolina, we see a lot of bad weather, from summer hurricanes to coastal winter storms that bring wind and ice.

That bad weather, along with electrical grid failures and car accidents that bring down power lines, can cause power outages in your home. The longer the power is out, things get more uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.

Parker Gas can keep your home safe and comfortable during power outages by installing a top-quality Briggs & Stratton propane whole-house generator. In addition to generator installation, we also install propane tanks for generators and provide dependable propane delivery.

What is a whole-house generator?

A whole-house generator is also sometimes called a standby generator because it’s on standby until you need it. The generator activates as soon as the electricity goes off and starts supplying power directly to your house’s circuit breaker box.

This is one of many ways that whole-house generators have a big advantage over portable generators. You won’t be home to turn it on or have to go outside in the cold and ice to turn it on, as you do with a portable generator. You also don’t have to run extension cords around your house.

Once the electricity comes back on, it automatically shuts off again.

What should I consider when choosing a whole-house generator?

The propane appliance experts at Parker Gas will help you through the process of selecting your whole-house generator. We’ve put together some things for you to think about as you get started.

Capacity. How much power do you want your generator to provide for your home in an outage?

Generators have a vast array of capabilities, from small units that can power only a few appliances to large commercial-grade models. For example, an 8-kilowatt (kW) generator is easy to place and can operate essentials like lights and a refrigerator. A 25-kW generator, however, could easily run a home HVAC system in addition to other items.

Make a list of two categories. The first is for the essentials such as lights, refrigerators, furnace fans, small appliances like a microwave or multicooker, sump pumps, medical equipment like a CPAP, home security systems, electronics like TVs, gaming systems, and computers, and chargers for phones, laptops, and tablets. The second list is for high-wattage items such as central air conditioning, heat pump, washing machine, dryer, water heater, and range. These lists help you determine your priorities.

Placement. Depending on the level of power output, whole-house generators can be just as big as—or even slightly bigger than—the outdoor unit for central A/C systems.

Generators must be installed to meet local flood, noise, and electrical codes, as well as regulations for safety. These codes, regulations, and standards are why determining the placement of and installing a whole-house generator aren’t DIY projects but must be done by trained professionals like the team at Parker Gas.

Costs. The national average price range for propane whole-house generators is between $3,000 and $10,000, depending on the capacity of the generator.

How to take care of a whole-house generator

Like other propane appliances, propane whole-house generators need annual professional generator maintenance to operate smoothly. Our service technicians will tune up your generator and provide a thorough inspection to spot and fix any potential problems before they get worse.

There are ways to keep your generator running properly in between tune-ups. If you don’t use your generator regularly, it can start to develop problems that could prevent it from working when you need it. Avoid this by starting your generator and letting it run for around 20 minutes once a month. Power it to a full load and pay close attention to how it’s running. Contact us for a service call if you notice any problems.

Parker Gas can help your home stay safe and comfortable during power outages with our propane whole-house backup generator services. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

Propane vs. Electricity: Which is Better?

Get superior reliability and comfort with Parker Gas!

propane or electricity north carolina If you’ve been thinking about the best energy source for keeping your North Carolina home comfortable and safe, it’s a wise idea to take a good look at propane delivery and equipment services from Parker Gas!

Let’s walk through all the ways propane can make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.

Get better energy efficiency with propane

Home appliances like ranges, furnaces, and water heaters that use propane are more energy efficient than electric ones. For example, a propane water heater can heat water faster and at a lower cost than an electric one. Also, your laundry will dry in 25% less time with a propane clothes dryer as opposed to an electric one.

Propane shrinks your carbon footprint

Although people might think that electricity is “cleaner” than propane, it actually isn’t. In the U.S., 50% of electricity annually comes from coal-fired power plants, which produce a lot of smog and acid rain. Also, making electricity in power plants is one of the biggest drivers behind greenhouse gas emissions in America, second only to transportation. Propane produces close to zero greenhouse gas emissions!

Propane virtually eliminates energy waste

Did you know that around 60% of electricity is lost to resistance when it runs through power lines? This makes transmission very inefficient. In fact, it takes three units of source energy just to get one unit from the power plant into our homes. To provide enough electricity for all households, there’s no choice but to burn more greenhouse gas-producing coal. However, because propane is kept in close proximity to your home in your propane tank, there is little-to-no loss between the fuel and appliances.

Stay warmer with propane

Propane gas furnaces are more cost-effective for home heating than electric systems, according to the Department of Energy. Propane heats air to 130° to 140° Fahrenheit and operates in shorter intervals, so you stay warmer longer. Electric heating only brings air temperature up to around 98.6°, which explains why it feels cooler when you place your hand near the vent.

Get cozy with propane

Propane fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular due to the multiple advantages they offer compared to electric models. Propane flames look more natural and realistic, for example, and heat your space faster than electric flames do. Additionally, propane fireplaces cost much less to operate than electric ones.

Propane helps you save money

Propane furnaces last approximately 5-10 years longer than electric heat pumps, saving you money in the long run. They are also cheaper to maintain because they consist of fewer moving parts. In addition, propane tankless water heaters could save you $175 or more annually on your water heating costs.

Propane enhances your quality of life

Propane can make many appliances work more efficiently in your home. For instance, with a propane range, you have greater temperature control than with electric ranges which makes it easier to cook food perfectly. Also, tankless water heaters that use propane will allow you to enjoy all the hot water you want with no risk of cold showers. Lastly, propane pool and spa heaters heat water much faster and more effectively than electric models.

Become a Parker Gas customer and enjoy the benefits of propane in your North Carolina home!

Can Forklifts Run on Propane?

Parker Gas puts propane to work for your business

forklift propane service north carolina Yes, they can! In fact, propane-powered forklifts offer many advantages over forklifts powered by electricity or gasoline.

Parker Gas can help your business or farm make the most of your propane forklifts with our forklift propane cylinder exchange services. Because we are a locally owned and operated business, we can offer responsive, personalized service no big national propane company can match.

Our commercial propane experts will thoroughly go over your business and how it uses propane forklifts. With that information, we create a customized cylinder exchange plan for you. Not only that, we provide secure cylinder storage and comprehensive safety training for your employees.

What are the advantages of propane forklifts?

Power. Propane forklifts continue to run on full power as long as there is propane in the cylinder. Electric forklifts lose power as their batteries are drained. Because they can carry heavier loads and work better on inclines, propane forklifts perform better than electric forklifts.

Cost-effectiveness. It might take eight hours for an electric forklift to be recharged. If the battery dies during a shift, your crew is down one forklift. You’ll also need to allot space and cash for electric forklift charging stations. Propane forklifts have the longest running times between refuels of any fuel. It only takes a few minutes to refuel a propane forklift: Simply exchange the empty tank for a full one!

Safety. Propane forklifts can be used both indoors and outside as long as necessary safety precautions and standards are followed. As we said before, we’ll make sure your team knows how to safely handle propane forklift cylinders.

Versatility. Gasoline-powered forklifts are not permitted for indoor use. Electric forklifts are inefficient and ineffective in certain situations outdoors. Propane forklifts can do it all, indoors and out!

Environmental friendliness. Propane-powered forklifts produce significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline-fueled forklifts. Unlike a gasoline leak, there is no environmental damage if there is a propane leak. Although electric forklifts don’t produce emissions, they aren’t as environmentally friendly as propane ones because coal-fired power plants generate about half of the nation’s electricity.

What kind of businesses use propane forklifts?

The advantages of propane forklifts have made them ideal for a wide range of North Carolina businesses. Here are some of them.

Manufacturing. Moving materials and products from one place to another is an essential function in our local manufacturing plants. Propane forklifts have many advantages over gasoline-powered and electric forklifts. They don’t produce harmful emissions, so they can be used indoors as well as outside, and they’re more efficient than electric models since they don’t need to be sidelined for recharging.
Farms. Propane forklifts are workhorses on local farms! They can move bags of seeds, flats of plants, sod, bales of hay, and more quickly and efficiently.

Warehouses and distribution centers. With so much one-day shipping being offered these days, orders need to be moved fast.

Construction. Moving materials like bags of concrete, pallets of flooring, and other items, often on uneven terrain, is made easier with propane forklifts.

Parker Gas can help your business prosper with our propane forklift services. Contact us today to get started!

What Is the Average Cost of a New Heating System?

See why propane is tops for home heating!

heating costs north carolina There are many variables that impact how much you will need to pay for a new heating system for your home.

One is the size of your home. How much space you need to heat will impact how many BTUs your new heating system will need to generate to keep your home warm and comfortable. If you have added living space to your home through a home addition or finishing spaces such as a basement, attic, or sunporch, you will likely need to replace your old heating system with a more powerful one.

The heating system you purchase will also impact your costs. Factors with that include brand and energy efficiency.

Installation cost factors include labor costs, removal, and disposal of your heating system, installing the new one, and ductwork. Other upgrades such as a new thermostat or indoor air quality equipment may impact your installation costs.

We’ve broken down the national average costs for both the equipment and the cost of installing it by type of fuel.

Type of Fuel Equipment Cost Installation Cost
 Propane  $1,000 – $3,200  $1,000 – $3,500
 Natural Gas  $1,100 – $2,900  $1,000 – $3,500
 Heating Oil  $1,800 – $3,200  $2,500 – $6,000
 Electricity  $600 – $2,700  $1,000 – $3,500

What fuel should I use to heat my home?

The primary energy sources for home heating are propane, natural gas, heating oil, and electricity. Each offers advantages. Let’s evaluate each.

Propane. If you already have propane in your home for home heating and/or other appliances, this is the best choice. Unlike natural gas, propane does not produce any greenhouse gas emissions. Today’s high-efficiency propane heating systems achieve efficiencies as high as 98%, helping to keep your heating costs under control. Also, the fuel for your heating system is right there in your propane tank thanks to reliable propane delivery from Parker Gas. You’re not at the mercy of a gas utility and its dubious infrastructure.

Natural gas. Like propane, it offers cleaner burning and energy efficiency. However, to use natural gas, your home needs to be in a neighborhood serviced by a natural gas utility. Many natural gas utilities are larger corporations and cannot provide personal and responsive service that you get with a local business like Parker Gas.

Heating oil. Heating your home with oil is becoming more of a disadvantage with each year. First of all, you are at the mercy of the crude oil markets and, as we’ve seen this year, heating oil prices can skyrocket. Oil heat is the least environmentally friendly option. Finally, a heating oil tank leak could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in remediation costs.

Electricity. While there is a misguided effort to push homes to convert to electricity for home heating, it’s a bad idea for both your home’s comfort and your bank account. Heating your home with electricity is the least efficient, meaning your electric bills will go through the roof. Also, electric heat pumps struggle to keep your home warm the closer the temperature gets to 32°F.

With dependable propane delivery from Parker Gas, you can keep your home cozy and warm all winter long. Become a customer today!

Propane Makes Summer Last Longer

Keep the summer fun going with Parker Gas!

propane appliances north carolinaIt seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the start of summer. Now, the kids are back in school, we’re swapping our tank tops for sweatshirts, and the pumpkin spice lattes are back.

A sad part of summer’s conclusion is that the outdoor living season is winding down. Many of us are not ready to exchange relaxing evenings on the back deck and cookouts with family and friends with being stuck indoors.

Don’t worry, even though summer is coming to an end, you can still keep the fun going in your backyard with propane cylinder refill service and propane outdoor appliances from Parker Gas!

We’ll take you through how propane allows you to enjoy your outdoors even after summer has come to an end.

Don’t stop grilling

The majority of grill owners in the U.S. own a gas grill for good reason; grilling with propane is easier and quicker than using charcoal and provides superior results! Propane grills are efficient and quick, making it simple to continue grilling throughout the fall. Some people even make their Thanksgiving turkey on their propane grill!

Parker Gas sells top-quality propane grills by leading makers including Wilmington Grill, Blaze Grills, and outdoor cookers by Bayou Classic. You can customize your grill with side burners, smoker boxes, multiple grilling levels, and more!

You can get your grill’s cylinder refilled at any of our six Parker Gas locations during regular business hours, so always making sure that you have enough propane for a cookout is easy!

Stay warm and comfortable outside

As the temperature outside starts to drop in autumn, don’t let it keep you from enjoying the outdoors!
You can still dine outside on your deck or patio if you have a propane deck or patio heater. Propane outdoor fireplaces and firepits allow you to socialize with your friends and family, or just read alone in your backyard with a mug of tea.

Come on in, the water’s fine!

Don’t get out the pool cover just yet! You can use your pool even after the leaves start to change with propane pool and spa heaters.

Propane pool and spa heaters are much better than electric ones. They can warm your pool in a very short amount of time compared to electric models and offer amazing energy efficiency.

If you have a spa tub, a propane spa heater allows you to turn it on and heat the water fast so you may enjoy a nice, relaxing bath after a long day no matter how chilly it is outside.

Let the light shine

One of the hardest parts about the end of summer and the start of fall is seeing it get dark outside earlier and earlier.

You’ll be able to enjoy your backyard at night with propane outdoor lighting. It can be used to illuminate the region surrounding your pool, pathways, and other areas. It gives off a warm, inviting glow that is much more appealing than harsh electric light.

Now is a great time to upgrade to a new propane grill! Contact Parker Gas today to get started.

Control Your Propane Costs

Easy Pay & Price Protection Make It Easy!

propane bill north carolinaThe instability of so many major contributors to our household spending this year has been unsettling to say the least.

Gasoline prices, the cost of groceries, the price of clothing, personal care items, and more have taken bigger bites out of our bank accounts. Now, with the heating season coming, you may be nervous about the cost of the propane you need to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable.

Parker Gas is here to help! We offer pricing and payment options that help you get better control of your propane costs. Considering that heating makes up about half of your energy costs in the winter, getting that under control will go a long way towards giving you peace of mind.

Easy Pay

If you use propane for heating your North Carolina home, your propane usage, and bills, go up in the winter. With a colder-than-normal winter predicted, those propane bills might have you a bit nervous.

You can get rid of those nerves by enrolling in Easy Pay! Qualified customers can spread their annual propane costs over 11 easy, more affordable monthly payments.

Easy Pay offers multiple benefits. First, you won’t get stuck with large propane bills when you also have other expenses like the holidays, tax bills, and tuition payments. You’ll be able to better plan your household budget because you know how much you’ll be paying for propane each month.

Want to make paying your Parker Gas bill even easier? Enroll in Auto Pay! Your monthly payment is automatically deducted from your checking account or credit card, so you never have to worry about forgetting to make the payment or it getting delayed in the mail. Another bonus is that if you use your credit card and it has a points-based reward program, using it for your Parker Gas payment can help you to earn those rewards faster!

Price protection

Parker Gas customers who enrolled in our price protection last fall ended up saving money and avoiding a lot of stress over their propane costs when fuel prices soared thanks to inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

That experience is why we are encouraging all of our customers to enroll in price protection so they can avoid the worry over their propane costs this coming winter. We cannot predict what will happen with fuel costs, so enrolling in price protection helps shield you from price spikes.

You have two options when it comes to price protection.

The first is pre-buying your propane ahead of the heating season. You pay in full for the number of gallons you lock in at the market price the day you enroll. That alone can save you money as propane costs tend to be lower ahead of the heating season. You then save even more as you receive a discount of 10 cents per gallon!

If you don’t want to purchase your propane ahead of the heating season, you can lock in a fixed price with a deposit of 30 cents per gallon for every gallon you lock in.

Do you have questions about Easy Pay and our price protection options? Get in touch with Parker Gas today to learn more and enroll!

3 Reasons to Buy a Propane Generator

Enjoy comfort and security when the power goes out

generators north carolinaWhile the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season has been quiet so far, we’re entering the traditional peak period of the season and predictions remain solidly behind a busy season.

That means we here in North Carolina are at risk of power outages. Even after hurricane season ends, ice storms and winter coastal storms can leave us with no electricity.

An investment in a Briggs & Stratton propane whole-house backup generator is an investment in keeping your home and your family safe and comfortable when you lose power. Parker Gas is a Briggs & Stratton authorized dealer with the supply, knowledge, and experience to make sure that your generator is installed properly and safely so you can enjoy its benefits. We also provide expert propane tank installation and reliable propane delivery for your generator.

Here are four reasons why a Briggs & Stratton propane whole-house backup generator is a smart investment.

Keep your property and loved ones safe

Your home’s security system may come with a battery backup, but that battery can last less than 24 hours. If you have a sump pump in your basement, it stops running when the power goes out. Everything you have down there, from furniture to cherished mementos like Christmas decorations and photo albums, could be destroyed by flooding. A propane whole-house backup generator protects your home and your family. If someone in your home uses medical equipment such as a CPAP or home dialysis, you need a generator so they can use it.

Be comfortable

If you lose power, you also lose your home’s HVAC system. If that happens in the summer, your home is going to get hot and uncomfortable fast. Not only will you not have air conditioning, but you also won’t even have fans. If you lose power in the winter, your home could become dangerously cold, and you could be at risk of having plumbing pipes freezing and bursting. A propane whole house backup generator keeps your heating and cooling system running so you can stay comfortable no matter how long the power is out.

Prevent food loss

Have you seen grocery costs lately? Think about your last grocery run, and how much of that is in your refrigerator and freezer. If you shop at warehouse stores for perishables such as meats or frozen foods and have a standalone freezer, no small dollar amount of food is in there as well.

Some foods begin to spoil in as little as four hours after the power goes out. If the power is out for more than a day or two, you could face having to throw hundreds of dollars of food away because it will no longer be safe to eat.

When you have a propane whole-house backup generator, your food stays safely cold or frozen. You’ll also be able to use appliances like a microwave, coffeemaker, multicooker, and air fryer to enjoy that food.

Stay connected

Staying in touch with the outside world is essential during a power outage, as you need to keep in touch with local authorities to be alerted to current conditions and potential evacuation orders. You also need to be able to keep in contact with loved ones. Having a propane whole-house backup generator allows you to keep essential technology like phones and laptops charged. You’ll also be able to enjoy entertainment like TV and gaming systems.

Get the benefits of a propane whole-house backup generator for your home. Contact Parker Gas today to get started!

Is It Time to Get a New Water Heater?

Upgrade to a high-efficiency propane water heater!

water heaters north carolinaIf your home’s water heater is 10 years old or older, you are on borrowed time. The average life expectancy of a water heater is 10 years. If your water heater has not been properly maintained that life expectancy could be even shorter.

Parker Gas is here for you with expert propane water heater sales, installation, and service. We are a certified Advanced Comfort Expert dealer of Rinnai water heaters, long seen as the gold standard when it comes to water heaters. We can also help you get rebates for your qualifying water heater.

Signs your water heater needs to be replaced

An unexplained increase in energy costs. Water heating accounts for 20% of your home’s energy costs. If your energy usage and costs have jumped, your water heater may be the reason.

A big repair bill. It’s time to replace your water heater if the cost of repair is more than 50% of the price of a new water heater.

Rusty water. When you use hot water and the water coming out of the faucet is rusty, your water heater’s tank has begun to corrode and will likely soon fail.

Leaking. If water is pooling on the floor beneath or around your water heater, it’s a sure sign that it’s nearing its end.

Odd noises. When your water heater makes gurgling or growling noises when it’s running, it usually indicates that sediment built up in the tank. The accumulation of sediment can lead to corrosion and tank failure.

What kind of water heater should I buy?

You have a choice today when it comes to water heaters. The two main choices in propane water heaters are the conventional storage water heaters, which have a tank, and tankless water heaters.
  
There are advantages to each of them and our propane appliance experts will thoroughly discuss your needs and budget to make sure you get the right water heater for you.
 
Water heaters with a tank are less expensive to purchase and install. Their simple operation allows maintenance and repairs to generally be affordable.
 
Tankless water heaters cost more upfront to buy and install. However, they can be a very smart investment because they can last twice as long, or even longer, than water heaters with a tank.
 
You get endless hot water, on demand, with a propane tankless water heater. You don’t have to wait for hot water between showers, and you can take a shower at the same time the dishwasher is running.

Because a tankless water heater only provides hot water when you need it, replacing your current water heater with a tankless one can save you up to 40% on water heating energy costs.

There is also no tank to fail and cause water damage in your home when you choose a propane tankless water heater.
 
Get superior comfort while saving on energy costs with a new, high-efficiency propane water heater installed by Parker Gas! Contact us today to get started.

What Propane Can Do For You Outdoors

Enjoy outdoor living even more with propane!

propane grills north carolinaIt’s been an amazing summer so far when it comes to outdoor living. You can make it even better with propane!

Parker Gas provides reliable propane delivery and propane cylinder exchange services as well at top-quality propane grills to help make your backyard a destination you, your family and your friends will enjoy.

The heart of most backyards is the grill, and propane makes grilling a pleasure because of its ease and convenience. It’s ready to grill in less than five minutes and provides on-a-dime temperature control so you can grill everything from fish to steaks. Our selection of grills from leading makers including Wilmington Grill and Blaze Grills allow you to customize your grill with features including side burners, multiple grilling levels, and more!

Grills are just the beginning of how propane makes your outdoors great. Propane pool and spa heaters get your water warm in a fraction of the time it would take electric models, cutting your energy costs dramatically. Propane fireplaces or firepits create places to enjoy time with family and friends or relax with a book and a glass of sweet tea. Propane deck and patio heaters make outdoor dining comfortable even if there’s a nip in the air. Banish bug bits with a propane insect trap, which mimics human breath to lure mosquitoes into the trap and away from you.

Take propane on the road

One of the great things about living in North Carolina is all the great places to go camping and RVing. Propane makes those trips even better with propane cylinder refills at all six Parker Gas locations!

Propane fuels an RV’s heating and air conditioning systems, as well as its appliances, so you’ll always have hot water for showers, a stove to cook meals on, and cold drinks when you are thirsty.
 
Whether you’re camping or RVing, a propane camp stove or outdoor fryer can make a great dinner quickly and easily, whether you’re making burgers and hot dogs or doing a shrimp boil.
 
Nights can still be chilly in the summer, especially in higher elevations, so a propane tent heater is a must-have. Make sure your tent heater is from a manufacturer that has approved it for camping and includes an automatic shutoff feature in case it falls over or produces CO.
 
Get a great propane grill to make your summer even better! Contact us today to learn more about our selection of quality grills.