Since childhood we have learned the important function of a hot water heater. If you own a home or are looking to buy one, then you know how important a hot water heater is to everyone’s well-being and mood. Not having hot water puts us all in a bad mood! While a hot water heater does a simple task it is extremely important it operates reliably. Here is a short guide to hot water heaters.
What are they? It does what it says: heats water for your home. When you turn your faucet to get hot water, the heater increases the temperature of the water. It is the reason you can get your water at a multitude of different temperatures. If you are buying a new one for your home, there are many things to consider.
Are there different types? The type of heater you have depends on your home and your preferences. There are two types. Hot water heaters that store hot water in a tank and on-demand or tankless water heaters. Both use either electricity or gas to heat water. The one you choose depends on your needs and budget. While historically most people have gone with a traditional tank water heater, many people are now opting for a tankless hot water heater for their home. The benefit of a tank water heater is primarily the initial cost. It is less expensive to buy and install. However, there are also drawbacks. These include: Higher operating cost to heat water and limited capacity if you have a large family. A tankless hot water heater provides on-demand hot water so you never run out of hot water and can be more efficient since it only heats the water when required.
How much does it cost? The cost depends on many factors. This includes whether it is a tank water heater or tankless. Other factors will also determine the cost of a new hot water system. This includes size of the system, complexity of install and whether it is gas or electric. There are also other considerations such as energy efficiency and warranties. Again, a licensed plumber will be a huge help in this discussion
How do I get one? You can buy a heater at most home appliance stores. You may think you can also install it yourself. However, it is best to have a licensed plumber come in to do the job. Improperly installing a hot water heater can result in major issues, ranging from leaks leading to flooding or a poor performing hot water heater. Additionally, if you are working with electric or gas, and improperly install the hot water heater, it can lead to a major accident.
A hot water heater is essential for your home. Whether you are looking to purchase a new one or need help with installation or repairs, it’s essential you talk to a licensed professional.