One of the worst feelings in the world is when you step in the shower only to find that the water is ice cold. If your home has an older model water heater that barely works, it may be time to bite the bullet and spring for a new one. Before you run out and buy a new one however, there are a few things you should consider. First things first there are two major types of water heaters; storage tank and on-demand.
Storage tank water heaters are the most common type. They are very easy to recognize as we’ve all seen the big tanks hiding somewhere in our homes. Basically water fills the tank and is continually heated so it’s ready whenever you want to take a shower or wash the dishes. These tanks can be powered by electricity, propane, and even natural gas. Tank water heaters are not the most efficient however because they are continually heating water even when not in use.
If you opt for a storage tank heater then the next thing to consider is how big of a tank to get. If you’re replacing an old water heater than you’ll probably want to get one that’s a similar size. Consider how many people will be drawing from the tank every day when making your decision. Also make sure you measure the area before buying because it would be awful to get a new water heater then find out it won’t fit where you want it. It also smart to have a professional, such as the folks of Able Plumbing, do the installation for you as even a small mistake could cause serious issues.
Another common type of water heater is on-demand, also called tankless. They are quite the opposite of storage tanks because they don’t hold any water at all. Water is heated when it passes through a serious of coils in the unit. The average on-demand heater can provide a home with 3 to 4 gallons of hot water per minute. If you’ve got a lot of hot water going at once, like multiple people showering in the morning, then this type of unit may not be for you. On-demand heaters are more energy efficient because they are only on when someone is using hot water. While they are more energy efficient, on-demand heaters are often more expensive as well. On-demand heaters can also be powered via electricity, propane, or natural gas.