Have you ever went to take a hot shower on a cold winter night, you let the water warm up and little and when you stepped inside the water was as cold as the temperature outside? If you have ever experienced this, then you know how annoying it can be to have issues with your water heater. Your water heater is responsible for making sure you have warm water running through your house at any point, but, your water heater isn’t meant to last forever. Over our years of servicing water heaters here at Drain Doctor, we’ve seen every issue you can imagine with your water heater.
Most water heaters last an average of 8-12 years and when it’s time for a new one, trust us, you’ll know right away. If you finally realized it’s time to get rid of the old water heater and bring in a new one, you may be at the point where you are overwhelmed with all the different choices.
When it comes to the different types of water heaters, there are 5 types that you will have to choose from, and here’s what those 5 options are…
1. Conventional water heater
With a much lower initial cost, conventional water heaters are one of the most popular options. This kind of water heater doesn’t require any special conditions for it to function properly, making it the most efficient option of them all. Conventional water heaters feature a sizeable tank that is insulated and stores and warms your water. The one downside to this option is that is larger and is more vulnerable to water damage.
2. Tankless water heater
This kind of water heater can give you hot water within seconds of turning your dial. The water is heated through super-heated coils that are inside of the tank and are instantly filled with water and heated. Tankless water heaters are much smaller and much cheaper month-to-month, but they do have a higher initial cost.
3. Heat pump water heater
Heat pump water heaters use the heat in the ground and air to warm your water and the only electricity needed is for moving heat from one part to the other. These are the biggest money savers and they provide you with long-term efficiency. The downside is they may not last as long as other options.
4. Solar water heater
This sounds exactly as it is, a water heater that runs on natural power from the sun. These solar panels are installed on your roof and transfer the necessary energy to your water heater to warm your water. They use renewable energy and can decrease your utility bills, but they only work if your home sees a lot of sun during the day.
5. Condensing water heater
This water heater works by capturing hot gases that exit your home and bringing them into the heat exchanger in your water heater. This is a great option if you want to be environmentally friendly and efficient, but they do come with an expensive price tag.
Are you looking for water heater installation or repair? The team at Drain Doctor is always happy to help. Whether you need advice on which type of water heater to get, or you need our team to install it for you, we are there when you need us. Call our office today to learn more!