Water heaters are one of the most under-appreciated appliances in our homes. When your water heater isn’t working, you know it right away.
The good news is, Fast Water Heater has you covered. We’re the water heater experts and are here to answer all your questions and get you all the information you need to repair, replace or install your water heater.
First things first, there are two major types of units: standard-tank water heaters and tankless water heaters.
Although numbers differ by region, by and large, most homes use a standard tank water heater. These employ a gas burner, or electric element to heat a large-capacity reservoir of water. It’s constantly running so when you turn on a faucet for hot water, it shoots that heated water and starts heating more. However, because there is a gallon capacity on the size of your water heater, you may run out of hot water if you run it for too long.
Typically, most homes have 40- or 50-gallon water heaters. Large homes, or ones that have a hot tub, might require a bigger unit, though. Overall, the cost of the unit and installation of a standard water heater is cheaper than a tankless unit, but their life-span isn’t as long. So if you intend to stay in your home for a long time, or you may be moving soon, this is somethign to consider.
Tankless water heaters are a newer technology, but are catching on because they take up less space than a standard water heater, and they can provide endless hot water. Instead of holding a large reservoir of water, the unit heats water “on-demand,” or as you need it. This means it might take longer to get warm water to your faucet, but once it’s hot, it will stay that way.
Tankless water heaters are also more efficient than standard units. Sometimes the access to unlimited hot water means folks use more, eliminating potential energy savings. The main drawback of tankless water heaters is the installation cost, which usually requires running a dedicated fuel line to the heater, can be more than double the price of a standard unit.
Heat pump water heaters are the newest technology in water heater innovation and offer the most energy-efficient models on the market. By utilizing the ambient temperature of the air around it, water is pre-heated so the unit uses less energy. Heat pump water heaters are so efficient, they can cut your water heating bills in half.
However, a heat pump water heater needs to be installed in an unconditioned space, such as a garage or attic. Also, they make about as much noise as a dishwasher when in use, so you might not want to install one next to a bedroom. In some areas, utility companies offer significant rebates on the conversion to heat pump water heaters, off-setting any additional costs.
By relying on the sun’s energy to heat your water, you can save significant money. Although the up-front installation of solar water heater will be more expensive than a standard unit, your water heating bills will drop drastically, and you’ll be producing much less harmful carbon emissions.