Hot Water On Demand is a Luxury Most of Us Don’t Want to Do Without
Your water heater is one piece of equipment that you seldom think about. As long as you have hot water for your shower and there are no leaks, there should be no reason to give the water heater a lot of thought. However, there will come a time when your water heater isn’t getting the job done.
How do you know your water heater needs attention or replacing?
- There is no hot water
- There is not enough hot water
- You notice leaks
- Unusual noises are coming from the water heater
- You have rusty water
- Your water heater hasn't been touched since it was installed
- Your water heater is more than 10 years old
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Time to Replace Your Water Heater? No Worries, Here are Some Options!
Conventional Storage Tank Water Heaters
Storage tanks are the most common type of water heater. As the name suggests, these consist of an insulated tank where water is heated and stored until needed then emerges from a pipe on top of the water heater.
The storage tank system works day and night to maintain the temperature you set. When your water temperature drops below the preset level, the heater turns on until the water reaches the target temperature.
Benefits of Storage Tank Water Heaters
- The initial cost to buy and install is relatively low
- Easy to install and maintain
Problems with Storage Tank Water Heaters
- If you need a lot of hot water in a short amount of time, the system can struggle to heat enough water quick enough
On-Demand Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters use flame-heated coils to heat the water as you need it, so there's no hot water sitting in a tank. They are best for homes that use natural gas to heat their water.
They’re more energy-efficient than a storage tank, but they can only provide a limited flow of hot water per minute – about 3.5 gallons.
The upside is that as long as you're not using it for more than one appliance at a time, you can have all the hot water you need! If you have the budget, some households install multiple tankless heaters and dedicate them to a specific appliance to combat the issue.
Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters
- Saves money on the utility bills
- Provides hot water quickly
- A natural gas system is around $800
Problems with Tankless Water Heaters
- A low GPM flow means limiting water to multiple appliances at one time
- Tankless water heaters need to be cleaned annually
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