At Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect, we take pride in offering our customers a wide range of plumbing options so that we can be as comprehensive as possible when providing solutions for your plumbing needs.
It would be reasonable to assume there is only one type of water heater. Most of us have only ever lived in homes with a traditional hot water tank tucked away in the garage or side closet. However, like every industry, technology has allowed the water heating industry to expand in ways that give customers a wider range of water heating solutions to choose from.
3 Types Of Hot Water Heaters
Currently, there are three types of water heaters that have established an industry standard for the best options for most situations. Below, we’ve put together a list of all three along with a brief description of their pros and cons. These types are:
Conventional Tank Water Heaters
By far, the most common type of water heater used in the United States is the traditional gas-powered, storage reservoir water heater. These units are so commonly used because they have a proven track record of providing consistently hot water to homes spanning back over a hundred years.
They do come with the drawbacks of relying on fossil fuels and only providing a limited supply of hot water before having to wait for the reservoir to be refilled.
Electric Tank Heaters
Electric heaters provide essentially the same function as the traditional gas units except they use a series of electric elements as a heat source for the tank rather than a pilot light fueled by natural gas. These units are specifically useful in situations where a natural gas line isn’t exactly feasible. They also come with the added benefits of being cheaper, simpler to install and requiring less maintenance overall.
As a drawback, gas does tend to be cheaper than electricity over the long term and thus, electric units tend to cost more on a month-by-month basis.
Tankless Hot Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters represent some of the latest advances in efficient water heater technology. Tankless heaters eliminate the need for a cumbersome tank by using a series of natural gas burners to quickly heat water as needed, which essentially provides an unlimited supply of hot water. These units are generally safer than their counterparts with tanks because eliminating the tank also removes the potential for dangerous pressure build-ups.
The biggest drawback of these units tends to be more obvious when you need to provide hot water to multiple sources. Not having a reservoir of preheated water can create some inconsistencies in these cases.
Water heating technology has come a long way, and these examples just represent the broadest categories of water heater options. If you’re in the market for a new water heater, we guarantee that one of our technicians can set you on the right path to finding the best water heater for you
Choose Hi-Tech And Never Take A Cold Shower Again
Regardless of what you choose, Hi-Tech is confident that we provide some of the best tankless, gas and electric water heater services around. Don’t think our expertise ends at heating water. If you require any type of plumbing service, don’t hesitate to call and schedule an appointment today!