Types of Water Heaters:
When the time comes to replace your old water heater, you'll want to choose an energy efficient water heater unit that will provide enough water for your household. Like anything else, technological advancements in plumbing mean that you have more options than ever when it comes to water heaters, so it can be challenging to make an informed decision.
While water heater repair or water heater replacement is best left to the professional plumbers, one job you can and should do yourself is choosing the right water heater to meet the needs of your home and family.
There are many different types of water heaters on the market. Trusty Plumbing water heater experts can help you determine which model is right for your home and budget, taking into consideration your family’s water heating needs and energy usage expectations.
CONVENTIONAL WATER HEATERS
Conventional water heaters, also called storage tank water heaters, are the most common type--they consist of an insulated tank in which water is heated and stored until needed. Natural gas water heaters typically use less energy and cost less to operate than electric water heaters, but can be more expensive and difficult to install.
Conventional water heaters require regular maintenance to operate efficiently and effectively over the years. They must be drained and flushed, removing sediment and buildup, at least once a year. The statistical life expectancy of a storage tank water heater is 10-12 years, depending on care and maintenance.
TANKLESS WATER HEATERS (ON-DEMAND)
Tankless water heaters use intense flashes of heat against water-filled coils to heat water on demand. Tankless water heater plumbing systems are more energy efficient than conventional storage tank models, but tend to have higher up-front costs.
Tankless water heaters can be sized to provide a continuous flow of hot water, making them suitable for large families that use a lot of hot water at one time. They're also better suited for use with natural gas, though they may require installation of a larger diameter gas line, a potentially costly Project. Electric tankless models may require an upgrade of the home's electrical capacity.
Like storage tank water heaters, tankless water heaters need to be descaled of minerals at least once a year to keep them functioning reliably.