Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home

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Water heaters typically last 10-12 years, depending on water quality and maintenance routines. When it is time to think about a water heater replacement, you should consider all the options to know what is best for your situation.

Tank or Tankless Water Heater?

The first choice is tank-style or tankless, and both have their benefits. Tank-style water heaters store 40 to 60 gallons of water. These warm the water then use a maintenance burn to keep it warm. Most of the energy expended is in keeping the water warm rather than the initial warming. These give you the highest volume of hot water at any single time.

Tankless water heater systems warm only a few gallons at a time when an appliance requests hot water. This means it does not store hot water, so it is much more energy efficient than the tank-style units. It also delivers hot water to the point of service much faster.

When upgrading or replacing your tank, there are several considerations when looking at your options. How much water do you need at any given time? If you need to run several appliances simultaneously, like a shower and clothes washer, then you may be better off with a tank-style.

What is the service life you are expecting? Tankless units tend to have a longer service life than do tank-style when they are maintained properly.

What is your budget for water heater installation and maintenance? Tankless water heaters are often more expensive to install when converting from a tank unit. They also require more maintenance than thank units.

How important is higher energy efficiency? Tankless units are more efficient, but often not enough to recover the cost during the service life.

Water heater services tend to run about the same regardless of the unit. Tank units have more parts that can require water heater repair in Charlotte NC.

Consult Us Today

It pays to consult Plumbing Connection when it comes to your water heater needs. Call us today or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment. We will be sure to help you find the right system for your home’s needs and budget.

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