Conventional & Tankless Water Heaters
Household Water Heater Models Explained
Water heaters are a driving factor of functionality within a home. There are several types of water heaters, each suited to different needs. In households, two are commonly used to keep a home comfortable throughout every season. They are:
- Conventional water heaters
- Tankless water heaters
Conventional Water Heaters
Conventional water heaters, also known as storage tank water heaters, have been the most popular water heaters for more than 100 years. These reliable systems consist of an insulated tank that stores between 20 and 80 gallons of water, which is kept heated at all times.
When you want to use hot water, a conventional water heater releases it from the top of its tank, while pumping in more water from the bottom and heating it up, making sure that the tank always remains full.
Depending on your energy source, a conventional water heater can be powered using electricity, propane, natural gas, or fuel oil.
The water will reach the temperature that you’ve previously set on your thermostat. You won’t have to worry about overheating, because every conventional water heater has a pressure valve that automatically releases pressure if the stored water happens to become too hot.
However, the water in this water heater cools down when not used. This means that you need to constantly reheat it if you want to keep it warm, which translates to using more energy to avoid this so-called standby heat loss.
Advantages of Conventional Water Heaters
There are several reasons why you might want to consider installing a conventional water heater:
- Low upfront costs
- Easy installation
- Less power or gas requirements than other water heaters
- Ability to utilize solar power
- Reliability even after decades of use
Have in mind that you need to properly maintain your conventional water heater to extend its life. An average lifespan of one is about 10-12 years, but you can make it last longer with proper upkeep.
At least once a year, it’s advisable to drain and flush your water heater to remove all the build-up and sediment. That way, it will keep operating efficiently and effectively for a very long time, given that your water quality is good.
Otherwise, the water will heat up much slower, and the heater would need to use a lot more energy to keep the water warm. Needless to say, this comes with the higher energy bill.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters, as the name suggests, don’t utilize a tank for storing hot water. Instead, they use a water-filled coil system to heat up water on demand, immediately providing you with hot water when you need it. This is why these water heaters are also known as on-demand water heaters.
There’s no standby heat loss with these water heaters, which is why they are extremely energy efficient. They do come with higher upfront costs, but they save a lot of energy and money in the long run.
Just like with conventional water heaters, you need to properly maintain your tankless water heater to extend its lifespan. Drain and flush it at least once a year to descale it of all minerals that have built up.
Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters come with some excellent benefits you might want to consider, including:
- Less space
- Energy efficiency
- No standby heat loss
- Less water waste
- No potential leaks, since there’s no water tank
- Longer life expectancy (20 years)
Dependent on your needs, a tankless water heater is a perfect space-saving solution for homeowners everywhere.
Why Choose Junior’s Plumbing?
Junior’s Plumbing is your go-to partner for all your water heater needs. We can help you locate the right water heater for your household that will meet all your personal and financial needs.
We’re proud to be working with a team of qualified and experienced technicians who know how to properly install and maintain water heaters and efficiently and effectively fix any problems you may have with your water heater or plumbing.
If you’re ever in need of emergency plumbing services, we can be there ASAP. Our pricing is transparent and fixed, so you’ll always know exactly what you’re paying for. If you have any questions about water heaters or any of our services, feel free to contact us and get a free online plumbing quote.