Water Heaters with Tanks
There are a variety of ways to get hot water flowing through your house, due to the variety of hot water tanks available on the market. Hot water heaters with tanks come in many shapes, sizes, and designs and can be solar powered or traditionally heated. And because water heaters are not the kind of appliance you purchase frequently, there is a good chance you will not be fluent in the language of water heaters when it is time to select one. That is why it is so important that you research water heaters before you purchase any type at all.
The various types of water heaters with tanks include:
Conventional water heater – Conventional, or standard, water heaters are the kind with which most homeowners are familiar. They feature a metal drum that can hold anywhere between 20 and 100 gallons of water, with 50 to 55 gallons being the average size. The benefits of this kind of water heater include a constant and readily available supply of warm water until they run out. Because conventional heaters are insulated, the water sitting in the drum can stay warm for hours in the event of a power outage.
Condensing water heater – This type of water heater is fueled by natural gas exhaust. Condensing water heaters use tanks similar to the more traditional types of water heaters. They do this by allowing the gas to flow from a coil at the bottom of the tank to heat the water. This kind of heater is ideal for those who already use natural gas to heat their homes.
Solar-powered water heater – A key element to heating the water in these devices is the use of solar panels on your rooftop. The energy that is absorbed from the sun is transferred to these rooftop panels and flows through a conductor that heats your water. This type of water heater is an excellent choice for generally warm and sunny climates like Dallas but requires an alternate heating system for cloudy, cold, and hazy days.
Heat-pump water heater – This type of system heats the water in your tank by transferring warmth from one part of the tank to another. Heat is absorbed from the surrounding air and ground and circulated by way of electricity. What makes this type of heater so unique is its reliance on electricity as a conduit for pre-existing heat, instead of being how the water has initially been heated.
Tankless Water Heaters
The basic difference between the types of hot water heaters mentioned above and those that are tankless is the absence of a tank. It might seem a bit unusual, having a water heater that does not store water, but there is much to be said for them. Whereas water heaters with tanks provide hot water around the clock, tankless water heaters only produce hot water when a demand is made on the system. Not only will you always have plenty of hot water, but you’ll be also saving money on your energy bills, since you don’t have to waste energy on keeping a large tank of water heated.
There are two basic types of tankless hot water heaters, each designed with different sources of energy in mind:
- Electric tankless hot water heater – Electric tankless hot water heaters are best used in homes that do not have a gas line. These tanks are rather versatile, as they are small, do not require vents, and make less noise than tankless gas heaters. Unfortunately, these types of tankless units can be costly because of the sheer amount of electricity they require. Tankless, electric water heaters require well over 100,000 BTU’s, or British Thermal Units, in order to heat a large home. In addition, electric water heaters have to work harder in cooler seasons and climates, which can tax the coils and wires within the heating mechanism.
- Gas tankless hot water heater – Tankless gas water heaters are more efficient than the electric versions as, by definition, they require much less electricity. They tend to last longer and need repairs less frequently as well. However, tankless gas water heaters sometimes need existing gas lines rerouted to accommodate this kind of heater. While tankless electric heaters require copper coils to heat your water supply, tankless gas water heaters rely on gas burners. Because of the intensity at which these burners operate and by extension, the rate at which they heat your water, tankless gas heaters have been proven more efficient by Consumer Reports.
Whether you choose a tankless gas water heater or one that is electric, it is important that you know what type is right for your home and your hot water needs. Hot water heaters, gas, electric, tankless, and otherwise, are appliances that are purchased infrequently. This infrequency necessitates research, an updated, practical understanding of how tankless hot water heaters work, and knowing where to turn for tankless water heater installation in Dallas, Texas.
- Cost effective – Tankless hot water heaters allow you to save money by heating the amount of warm water you need when you need it. You can save a lot of money when you are not constantly heating up water sitting in a tank that may or may not be used after it is warmed.
- Minimal risk of flooding – Because tankless hot water heaters do not hold multiple gallons of water, or any at all really, the chances of a broken or pierced water drum that results in flooding, are slim to none.
- Supply and demand – Tankless water heaters significantly reduce the risk of running out of hot water. That is great news, especially since no one wants to be the one to discover that there is no more hot water while they are in the shower or bath.
- Compact space – Tankless hot water heaters are much smaller than the storage systems more traditional tanks take up.
- Increased home value – Because of the added efficiency, lower water and heating costs, and space-saving features, tankless hot water heaters are an attractive feature for prospective home buyers.
The cons of tankless water heaters include:
- Initial expense – Your first-time purchase of a tankless hot water heater will be expensive. This is true despite the eventual return on your tankless water heater investment, in part because repairs are not needed as frequently as they are with standard water heaters. Still, the initial payment for a tankless water heater is high.
- Erratic water temperature – When there are several people using water at the same time, the temperatures can vary greatly. The reason for this is due to the demand and flow of hot water throughout various parts of your home at the same time. In some cases, it may be advantageous to install more than one tankless unit.
- Additional parts required – Tankless gas hot water heaters often require rewiring so that additional and far-reaching gas lines extend throughout your home. This often becomes an added expense that buyers may or may not be aware of from the get-go. In addition, water softeners are sometimes needed to ensure that your heater works at maximum capacity and functioning.
Storage tank water heaters and tankless water heaters both have their pros and cons. If you don’t use a lot of hot water simultaneously and would like essentially endless hot water when you do use it, a tankless water heater is an amazing investment. However, if you have very high consumption at any given point in time – if you need to run multiple hot showers at once, for example – you may find a traditional storage tank water heater better meets your needs, as a tankless water heater that can service very high usage will be expensive, and one that falls short will result in tepid water for all users.
Contact Staggs Plumbing for Water Heater Installation
The team at Staggs Plumbing has been installing water heaters for over 30 years. In that time, our customers in the Northeast Metropolitan area of Dallas have come to know us by our reliability, professionalism, and affordable services. When you need a new water heater installed, there’s no better company for the job.
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