Types Of Water Heaters

A water heater is one of those home luxuries that you don’t really fully stop to appreciate until you have to go without it. There are many different varieties of water heater available, and it’s important to consider each of the options before making a purchase. The average water heater can last anywhere between 8 to 12 years or longer, so this is an investment you should carefully consider.

When looking at purchasing a new water heater for your home, you should stop to consider the amount of water your family needs. At Freedom Plumbing, our team of experts will help you select the right size water heating system that can provide enough hot water for your family while also saving you energy and money in the long run. Check out our water heater buying guide below to help you select the right water heater for you:

Traditional:

A storage tank is the most common type of water heater and consists of an insulated tank where water is heated and stored until needed. Although natural gas heaters often cost less to operate and use less energy than electric, the initial investment is more because they are more difficult and expensive to install. This type of water heater needs general maintenance and to be drained and cleaned out at least twice a year to ensure it is operating at peak efficiency and you’re getting the most out of it.

Hybrid:

A hybrid heat pump system uses up to 60 percent less energy than a standard electric unit by utilizing heat from the ground or directly from the air and transfers it directly to the water. While the initial investment may be more substantial than a traditional unit, the potential energy savings each month often make the extra expense worthwhile. Although more expensive and only viable in certain situations, solar and condensing units may also be an option for your particular needs.

Tankless:

Also known as “on-demand” water heaters, this type of system uses flashes of heat against water-filled coils to heat water quickly, on demand as it is needed rather than storing hot water for long periods of time. The initial cost of a tankless heater may be higher, but they are more energy efficient and can save you money in the long run. Due to a built in flow sensor and electric ignition, fuel is not used until hot water is demanded. These units need to be cleaned and descaled of minerals at least once a year to make sure that they are operating efficiently.

Each of these types of water heaters features distinct advantages depending on your specific needs. When determining the best type, model and size for your home, it is important to thoroughly consider all of the different factors and speak to an expert to help you determine which model is right for your family and budget.

Contact the professionals at Freedom Plumbing today to find out more about water heaters or to schedule an appointment to speak with an expert about which water heater type is the right choice for you.

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