Understanding Water Heater Systems
Mar 21, 2021
Whether you have an inquisitive spirit, are looking to install or upgrade a water heater, or are looking to turn your water heater into a DIY project, you might want to understand water heater systems. At Just Water Heaters, we know a thing or two about water heater systems and we are happy and thrilled to help. This quick guide will go over some of the common water heater systems. We will simply summarize some numbers, facts, and figures, but we are always happy to take your call. If you have any specific questions or concerns, then feel free to call Just Water Heaters to get in touch with a friendly professional. We are also prepared to dispatch a technician to your location for in-person assistance.
The Traditional Tank Water Heater
Storage tank water heaters are the most common type of water heater. As the name suggests, they have an insulated tank that stores hot water. These water heater tanks are generally heated with either gas or electric and the amount of available hot water depends on the size of the water tank. Typical storage tank water heaters are designed to hold between thirty to a hundred gallons of water and can take up a few square feet of space.
Storage tank water heaters have a low upfront installation cost of around $1,000, but they can run up your electricity or gas bills significantly compared to the other types. If you want to save some money on these bills, then choose a water heater that is the right size for your household. From our experience, a two-person household can make do with a 24- to 30-gallon tank while a 4-person household might need a 40- to 50-gallon tank.
The traditional tank water heater has an average lifespan of about twelve years and are cheaper to maintain and water heater repair due to their simple design.
The Tankless Water Heater
The tankless water heater, also called the on-demand water heater, is a newer type of water heater that heats up water as needed. These systems do not take up much space as they are small units mounted on the wall. Cold water flows through the compact system and either a gas burner or electric element heats the water. The tankless water heater delivers a constant supply of hot water but is limited by the heater’s flow rate.
The on-demand water heater can save energy as well as space. According to the United States Department of Energy, “for homes that use 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, [tankless] water heaters can be 24%–34% more energy efficient than conventional storage tank water heaters.” Though they are more energy efficient, their upfront costs are higher with installation costing about $3,000.
Tankless water heaters have a longer life expectancy of about twenty years, which is plenty of time to recoup its initial costs.
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If you are looking to install a water heater on your property and want to hire qualified technicians, then call Just Water Heaters to get in touch with a friendly professional. Our technicians are experienced and equipped to handle repairs, replacements, and installations.