If you’re in the market for a water heater, you’ve got quite a few decisions ahead of you. You’ll need to consider your budget and the particular needs of you and your family. There are two main types of water heaters you’ll find on the market: traditional and tankless. Tankless water heaters have many benefits but aren’t necessarily for everyone. Here’s what you need to know.
A traditional water heater is constantly at work to keep gallons of water heated and ready to use right away. Essentially, your unit is always running and eating up energy. A tankless system heat water as it passes through the system and will result in lower energy costs over the course of a year.
If you live alone or have a small home, a tankless water heater may be the most appropriate option. It takes up less space than a traditional heater, and most units are capable of heating water from only one source at a time. If two different showers were running simultaneously, for example, one would be without hot water. There are heaters of this style that can handle a larger capacity for a larger home, but they can be expensive.
For all of the benefits you get from having a tankless water heater, it’s typically a little more expensive than a traditional water heater. Even though you save money on overall energy costs, you may pay more up front. Also, if you want a heater that can process more than one faucet at a time, it will cost more.
Give us a call at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling when you need to have your water heater installed in your Aurora or Denver home. Also, our experienced technicians can handle and service and maintenance for your unit.
So, it’s time to buy a new water heater. Perhaps it’s past its recommended lifespan, or maybe your energy bills are too high. Either way, when you’re shopping for a new water heater, there are a few factors to consider.
Types of Water Heaters
You’ll find three main types of water heaters, each with their own set of benefits.
- Conventional tank – This is the most common type of heater and consists of a storage tank that is constantly heated and stored until needed.
- Tankless/On-demand – There is no storage unit for this type of water heater. Instead, water is heated via heating elements as it passes through the unit.
- Hybrid – Uses a heat pump to pull heat from the air and heats water at a faster rate than other types.
Water heaters can consume up to 20% of a home’s energy use, and there are many energy-efficient models on the market. Every water heater has an EnergyGuide label that features the national average operating cost. What may cost the least up front may have higher annual expenses, so pay close attention. Also look for units with the Energy Star label. This label is a certification that verifies the appliance is energy efficient.
The question for many is “How big should the water heater be?” The size will depend on how frequently and in what volume you use hot water. A family of four uses considerably more water than a single resident. Look for:
- First-Hour Rating (FHR) – This is used on conventional tank models, and measures how much water can be heated in an hour. The higher the rating, the higher the capacity.
- Gallons Per Minute (GPM) – For tankless units, this measures how many gallons can be heated per minute.
Water heaters should be installed by a professional. Contact us for more information about water heaters and the installation process and one of our experts will help you out. Denver Total Comfort is available to serve all of your heating and cooling needs.
You depend on your water heater to provide you with the warm water you need to take a shower, wash the dishes, do your laundry and cook food. When the water heater goes out on you, it can cause a world of problems for your home. To help you determine if your water heater is on its way out, check out some of the following signs.
Age of the Unit
Water heaters that are older than 10 years old should be replaced. Because things have changed, the energy efficiency standards of these units are far inferior to the units today. Not only are they going to cost you more on your water and energy bill, but there is a good chance that they are going to wind up needing repairs in the near future.
When the hot water starts looking rusty, it is often a sign that the water heater is starting to rust inside. Once that happens, it is only a matter of time before it ends up leaking inside of your home. A professional repair technician can best determine if it is the unit itself or your plumbing causing the problem.
Over the course of time, sediment will end up building up inside of your tank. That sediment will end up hardening as time wears on. Once that happens, it ends up making a loud banging or rumbling sound in the unit. When that happens, you need to replace the unit with a new water heater. All of that sediment is only going to cause more damage and less efficiency.
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!
If any of the above sounds like something you are dealing with, you need to turn to a licensed professional to come out and take a look at your unit today. In doing so, it could save you a lot of hassles and headaches down the line.
Contact us today to keep more money in your pocket.