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When it comes to home appliances, many Beverly Hills residents prefer top-of-the-line items, and for good reason. Opting for the cheapest water heater or washing machine may save a little money up front, but in the long run they cost you in repairs and stress. But despite the quality that money can buy, are the most expensive options always equal the most reliable?
Let’s take a look at some common appliances, and see if they’re worth their investment.
Tankless water heaters
Tankless water heaters are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners, especially in Los Angeles. Touted as a green alternative to traditional models, these heaters replace cumbersome tanks and instead heat your water supply on demand. The result is less money spent on energy and home water consumption.
However, these efficient models come with a hefty price tag. Proponents claim they save over time, but if you’re unsure about their long-term savings (studies are inconclusive), then you may be better off with a traditional tank model.
Unless you have the time on your hands to hand-wash your clothes, everyone needs access to a washing machine. However, over the years these appliances have become more and more expensive, especially if you want to choose an environmentally friendly, high-efficiency machine. For the more frugal resident, going to the laundry mat or using a fluff-and-fold service might be a cost-effective option. In the end, you have to weigh money plus time spent on washing your clothes, and see how it all adds up.
While many new homes come equipped with dishwashers, they’re by no means mandatory. Many residents continue to wash dishes by hand, saving the initial investment in the appliance plus the headache of having to fix it if it breaks. And trust us, dishwashers do break. Of course, if this happens to you, you can always call the best plumber in Beverly Hills. Morningside Plumbing serves the whole area, from the posh neighborhoods around Rodeo Drive to the residences near Wilshire Boulevard. We can repair any dishwasher problem, and even offer some advice about whether you truly need to keep it.
Water filters are slightly more rare, but many Los Angeles residents use them as a way to guarantee water safety. Drinking water, after all, can easily taste off due to copper pipes. Some folks use re-fillable pitchers, but many opt for in-sink filters. Typically these are connected to a pipe, and they filter the water through its own line. But is it worth the cost?
It all depends on how your tap water tastes. If you can live with mineral-y or grainy water, then you might be completely content to save some money and drink from the faucet. But if you, like many other residents, can’t live without fresh-tasting water, you should consider a filter. Additionally, filters deliver peace of mind. You’ll never have to guess about the condition of your pipes, as you can always anticipate (and receive) consistent H2O.