After a long hard day of working, what do you crave most when you finally make it home? A glass of wine? The scent of aromatic candles? A warm chocolate chip cookie? And the perfect setting for all of these things is a nice warm, bubbly bath.
That rejuvenating bath wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of your trusty water heater, nor would a lot of other household activities like washing dishes, laundering clothing, shampooing your hair, cleaning your hands, and the list goes on. It’s easy to forget about an appliance that fades so effortlessly into the background, but it’s impossible to forget when it stops working as it should.
That feeling of dread and frustration when your hot shower suddenly turns cold is not something easily forgotten. But when you’re on the hunt for your next water heater, do you know which type you’ll buy? Did you even know that there were different types of water heaters? Luckily for you, you have a team of experts on your side. We’ll be here to explain the differences between the three most common types of water heaters and give you our personal recommendation. But remember, hot water needs vary based on the household, so for accurate recommendations for your situation, contact our team for a consultation!
Conventional Storage Tank Water Heater
A conventional style water heater is probably the one that you’re most familiar with. If it’s been longer than a decade since you’ve upgraded your water heater, then you probably have one in your very own home!
This style of water heater features a tank that holds the heated water, which means the amount of heated water is limited to the capacity of the tank. More often than not, if you’re in the shower and the water suddenly gets cold, it’s because you’ve expended the hot water within the tank. You’ll need to wait for it to refill and reheat before you can have hot water again.
The benefits of a conventional style water heater are its relatively low price and the ease of installation.
Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, are a newer technology that provides nearly endless amounts of hot water for their users. It operates (as you might assume) with no tank; instead, there are heated coils that fill with water and heat it as you need it. This is also why it’s referred to as an “on-demand” water heater.
They’re great for heating water for large families because there’s no limit to the amount of hot water it can generate. So if all six members of the household have to shower in the morning, there’s no worry that someone will have to take an ice-cold one. Tankless waters do come in different sizes, so you’ll want to make sure you’re purchasing the right fit for your home.
Some of the perks of a tankless water heater are their incredible energy efficiency since they aren’t keeping water hot at all times, and they also have longer lifespans than traditional water heaters. One of the biggest cons is their price - they are quite expensive to purchase and to install, but it’s a worthwhile investment.
When Do I Need a New Water Heater?
Before needing to decide which kind of water heater is best for you, you’ll first need to understand when you’ll need a new water heater. There are a few benchmarks and signs to keep in mind; here are a few of them:
- Pooling water around your unit
- Clanging, banging, or popping sounds
- A lack of hot water
- Rusty colored or odd-smelling water
- Inconsistent water temperature
- Your unit is more than ten years old
If any of these signs ring true for you, then it’s time to consider a water heater replacement! Remember, for an accurate recommendation of which water heater is best for you, your needs, and your home, contact our team of experts at Monkey Wrench Plumbing. Call us at (310) 773-3882 or visit us online for more information about our services and how we can of more assistance to you!