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Are you in the market for a new hot water heater for your home? You might be surprised that there are various models available depending on your budget, preferred heating method, and desired efficiency. The most common types of hot water heaters also have pros and cons you should be aware of.

If your current unit is a traditional hot water heater, you might even be considering a tankless water heater. We will also examine the differences between traditional and tankless water heaters.

Either way, the hot water heater you choose will be heating your home for the next decade or more, so here is everything you should consider before making a decision!

Contact Doctor Drips today about our water heater installation and repair services. 

Traditional Hot Water Heater

Most homes rely on the traditional hot water heater model, a model that consists of a large cylinder tank containing anywhere from 40 to 120 gallons of water. The water in the tank is heated (with electricity, propane, or natural gas) to a certain temperature and is ready to use whenever you open the tap.

Pros:

  • Traditional hot water heaters have fewer installation complications and cost less to replace when the time comes.
  • The tank’s water can be adjusted to the desired temperature.
  • Depending on your hot water needs, you can choose the appropriate-size tank.

Cons:

  • Standard hot water heaters typically last 10 to 15 years.
  • If all the hot water is used, it takes the tank awhile to regenerate more hot water.
  • Depending on the fuel source that heats the water, efficiency and costs vary.

Tankless Hot Water Heater

A tankless hot water heater is just that: Its system heats water on-demand rather than storing heated water in a tank. This is why the tankless hot water heater is also known as an on-demand hot water heater. The on-demand heating models vary, either using electricity or gas to heat the water.

Pros:

  • Tankless hot water heaters have an average lifespan of 18 to 20 years.
  • Tankless heaters can be 24-34% more efficient than the traditional water heater, which saves you money.
  • Because there is no tank, on-demand hot water heaters take up less space.

Cons:

  • A tankless hot water heater model costs more – upfront – than a traditional unit because it requires a larger gas line and specific venting requirements.
  • Because on-demand systems must heat the water, it is not uncommon for cold water to occasionally slip through unheated. (This is known as a “cold water sandwich.”)
  • Tankless water heaters require regular maintenance, including being flushed regularly and cleaning the filters each month.

Electric Hot Water Heater

A newer version of the traditional system, the electric hot water heater model is much more compact. Its design is a unit that is mounted on the walls of rooms wherever hot water is needed, which frees up space and provides convection-heated water directly to the tap.

Pros:

  • Tankless electric hot water heaters are incredibly energy efficient and money-saving.
  • The electric water heater has a quick recovery time because of its powerful heating element.

Cons:

  • During a power outage, electric systems cannot provide hot water.
  • If you are running too much water at once and exceed the flow rate capacity of your water heater, the water won’t be hot.

Gas Hot Water Heater

Gas hot water heaters are not only reliable when it comes to providing warm water, they are also a great investment. The steady flow of heat results in a consistent electric bill, no matter how much water you heat, compared to the traditional system.

Pros:

  • Gas hot water heaters have a faster flow rate and quicker heating capacity than traditional propane heaters.
  • During the winter or in the event of a power outage, you will still have hot water.

Cons:

  • Must be properly ventilated to prevent pressure that could cause damage.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in case of a gas leak.

Doctor Drips specializes in water heater maintenance and repair services, as well as installations, for both residential and commercial properties. Contact us today!

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