When choosing a water heater, there are a few types to choose from. You can select a traditional storage water heater or a tankless water heater. You can also select between a gas water heater and an electric water heater. Follow this guide to help you determine which type is best for you. If you have additional questions, call Express Sewer and Drain. We can help you select a model and we can even do the installation for you.
Traditional Water Heater Versus A Tankless Water Heater
Traditional water heaters are the most common type of water heater. They heat and store water in a tank. This means you’ll always have a supply of water that is hot and ready to use. However, this also means that you are limited to the amount of hot water that is in the tank. With a tankless water heater, there is no tank that heats and stores water. Instead, water is heated rapidly only when you need it. The tankless water heater continues to heat water as long as you have the hot water turned on at your faucet, so you have a virtually unlimited supply of hot water. However, if you use a lot of appliances at once—the dishwasher, washing machine, shower, etc.—it can be difficult for the tankless water heater to meet your needs.
Some Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater
- A tankless water heater takes up much less space since there is no tank.
- A tankless water heater can use less energy since it only heats water when you need it.
- A tankless water heater lasts five to ten years longer.
Electric Water Heater Versus a Gas Water Heater
The difference between an electric water heater and a gas water heater is the type of fuel used to heat the water. When deciding between an electric water heater and a gas water heater, you’ll need to consider which is best for your home. For example, does your home have access to a gas outlet or only an electrical one? You may be able to add access to either energy source for a cost, but be certain that whatever water heater you choose, your home can meet the necessary installation requirements. For example, an electric water heater has specific electrical requirements and a gas water heater has ventilation needs among other requirements.
Energy cost is another factor to consider when choosing a water heater. Depending on the size of your household and how much hot water you use, or use at one time, the answer can vary. However, a gas water heater is often less expensive to run than an electric water heater.
Call for Questions about Hot Water Heaters
If you’re in the market for a new hot water heater, call Express Sewer and Drain. We can answer all of your questions and help you determine which type of water heater is best for you.
Topics: Water Heater Repair, Replacement