Most of us use our water heaters daily without even realizing it. Like many other household appliances, water heaters are only ever appreciated when they stop working. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen too often, but when it does it can be a big headache. If you experience any issues with your water heater, give us a call and we'll send a plumber out to your home to take a look. Regardless of whether you're in need of water heater repair or replacement, you can expect complete professionalism and in most cases, same day service.
One of the most common plumbing questions we get asked is what exactly a water heater is. Water heating is a thermodynamic process that uses an energy source to heat water above its initial temperature. Homes are equipped with water heaters to assist in everyday tasks that use hot water; such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, and space heating.
Conventional Storage Water Heater - Conventional storage water heaters are the most popular type of water heater. This water heater offers a ready reservoir (storage tank) of hot water. Fuel sources include natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and electricity. Conventional storage water heaters last 10-15 years.
Tankless or Demand Type Water Heater - Tankless or demand-type water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank and hot water only as it is needed. The cost of a tankless water heater is greater than a conventional storage water heater, but tankless water heaters typically last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which could save you money in the long run. Tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years.
Tankless Coil or Indirect Water Heater - Tankless coil and indirect water heaters use a home’s space heating system to heat water. Tankless coil water heaters are most efficient during colder climates. Indirect water heaters are typically more efficient, even though they require a storage tank. It uses the main furnace or boiler to heat water thats circulated through a heat exchanger in the tank. The energy stored by the water tank allows the furnace to turn off and on less often, which saves energy.
Solar Water Heaters - Solar water heaters are a cost efficient way to heat water as it uses free fuel (the sun) to provide hot water instead of electricity. There are two types of solar water heating systems: active, which have circulating pumps and controls, and passive, which don't. Regular maintenance is needed every 3-5 years and systems usually require a replacement part(s) after 10 years.
Heat Pump Water Heater - To provide hot water, a heat pump water heater will move from one place to another instead of generating heat directly.
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