A 2-Minute Guide on Different Types of Water Heaters

Nothing sounds better than a hot shower after bending over backward, shoveling snow, or cleaning the house. After jumping in the shower, you go to turn the hot water on, and cold reality hits you in the face instead. Your water heater has bit the dust.

In an ideal world, water heaters would be indestructible, withstanding any test of durability and time. But, in reality, the average water heater lasts about 10–15 years. The average water heater repair cost is $1200, so there are multiple options to be considered when making a change.

When it’s time for water heater replacement to take place, you’ll quickly discover that not only are there many various types of water heaters, but each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. With many options available in the market, it’s preferable to be informed rather than relying on chance or a biased salesman.

We take a constant and consistent supply of hot water for granted. We use it for cleaning clothes, washing dishes, and taking hot showers. Now, if your water heater has broken down, or you want to save money on energy, you’d consider replacing your old one and buying a new and more efficient system.

Things to Consider

When it comes to selecting the best water heater for your home, here are a few aspects you should consider:

  • Determine the fuel source: The cost of heating water takes up about 20% of a household budget. So you may want to narrow down your water heater options by determining the sort of fuel source accessible in your property. Gas, propane, and electricity are all fuel options, as are heat pumps and hybrid devices that heat water using energy from air—a renewable source. If the fuel source accessible in your area isn’t an issue, you can concentrate on annual operating expenses and efficiency.
  • Select a heater type: The most common water heater used is one with a storage tank. The newer models are named based on their energy efficiency and annual operating expenses. Consider a tank-less system if you’re short on space.
  • Evaluate the system’s capacity: This will influence how much hot water is available in your home. The capacity of storage tank units is measured in gallons, which determines the unit’s size. Another factor to consider is the recovery rate, or how many gallons of water can be heated in an hour.
  • Calculate the space: A standard-size water heater doesn’t fit in every home. A lowboy, tank-less, or short water heater is suited for places with limited headroom available. Tall water heaters can stand up to 76 inches tall and contain up to 100 gallons of water if space is limited, but height is not.

Types of Water Heater

· Conventional Water Heater

These are some of the most common types of water heaters. They have a large insulated tank for storing and warming water. You’re likely to spend significantly less on a traditional water heater installation and startup cost as compared to alternatives available. You can be situated in any place, and this kind of system will work efficiently. If maintained properly, this unit will provide consistent and seamless service.

Although, conventional water heaters need a lot of energy to keep the temperature constant since they have a steady warm water supply. The size of this unit is an unavoidable thing. They tend to be on the larger side of the size spectrum. The potential risk of water damage is one of the most apparent defects of this unit. If you neglect routine maintenance, you risk developing rust and corrosion. This can affect the performance and health of your water heater.

· Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater uses super-heated coils to create instant hot water. These coils fill up with water as soon as you turn on the faucet, providing near-limitless water for your home. They use less energy overall because they only heat water when you need it. Another prominent feature is space-saving ability. They don’t require much storage space as they don’t need a constant reservoir of water.

Even the cheapest tank-less heaters start at $1,000. People on a tight budget might have to wait a while before switching to this type of system. This unit is ideal for a small household; however, the hot water supply may run out if a bigger family makes too many demands at once.

· Solar Water Heater

Solar water heaters rely on the sun’s energy. They function by transferring roof-mounted panels to a closed-loop system that links to a water tank that warms the water. They are the most energy-efficient choice available since they use renewable energy. Solar panels aren’t only environmentally friendly, but they are also cost-effective.

This may not be an ideal choice for all those living in a shaded region or in a climate where there are more snow days than sunny ones. A major disadvantage is the cost of installation.

Making Your Decision

As we’ve seen, there are a variety of options available when choosing a water heater. Each has its own benefits, drawbacks and what’s good for one home may not be ideal for another. Make your decision based on what provides the best performance and efficiency—as well as the cost of installation and future fuel and maintenance expenditures.

You don’t have to make this decision on your own. After observing all the various kinds of units, you’ll probably have questions that will require expert answers. Your1Plumber has a professional fleet of specialists who will help sharpen your focus. They offer water heater installation, repair, and maintenance services with same-day service. Contact them for a hassle-free consultation.

About The Author

Ethan has been in the plumbing industry for ten years. In that time, he has gained experience in different plumbing techniques and services. He’s presently associated with Your1Plumber, and enjoys hiking in his spare time.

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