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Types of Water Heaters

Types of Water Heaters
May 22, 2019

Types of Water Heaters

When the time comes to change your water heater, you definitely want a more energy-efficient option. Choosing the right water heater will reduce the risks of constant damages on your appliance. If you need an energy-efficient water heater upgrade or you want to repair your existing water heater, please contact us at Mr. Rooter.

The Conventional Water Heaters

These are also called storage water heaters. They are the commonest type, comprising of the insulated tank where water is heated and stored. Though they cost less, they are not the most energy-efficient options. Conventional water heaters will require more regular maintenance services, these include draining, flushing, and removal of sediment build up. 

The Tankless or On-demand Water Heaters

The tankless water heaters do not require storage tanks, instead, they rely on an intense flash of heat to heat up water on demand. These types of water heaters are more energy efficient, though they cost more upfront than conventional water heaters. 

Choosing the right tankless water heater is important if you want a continuous flow of hot water for your home. These tankless water heaters can be operated by electricity or gas, the electrical options will require an upgrade to your home electrical system, before installation. Just like conventional water heaters, Tankless water heaters also require regular maintenance checks. 

The Solar Water Heaters

These types of heaters are powered by solar panels mounted on the roof of the home. The solar panels absorb heat from the sun which is transferred to an anti-freeze fluid that is channeled to the water tank, to heat up the water. Solar heaters tend to be the most economical and environmental-friendly because you wouldn’t have to invest in electrical supply. 

 Approximately 80% of the heat absorbed from the sun is converted to energy to heat water. Owning a solar powered heater may qualify you for certain tax credits.  Just like conventional and tankless heaters, the solar water heaters also require regular maintenance to check that all parts are in good working conditions.  Though solar heaters are the most economical, the initial costs of purchase and installation are higher and may take over 10 years to recover such investments. 

The Condensing Water Heaters

The Condensing water heaters do come with conventional tank-like storage for heated water, but they are actually heated by capturing exhaust gases that are blown through a coil located at the base of the heaters. Condensing heaters are normally recommended for homes that require more than 55 gallons of water constantly. 

Mr. Rooter Installs, and Conduct Maintenance Services on Water Heaters Efficiently 

Regardless of the type of water heater you own or intend buying, you need the proper guidance of expert plumbers to make the right choice. Mr. Rooter technicians are licensed and highly skilled in installing the right energy-efficient water heaters and conducting upgrades to make your water heater last longer. Maintenance services will extend the lifespan of your water heater, thus saving you costs of expensive repairs in the long run. Please give us a call today at Mr. Rooter, and we will be right there to help you.