Water heaters are the ultimate "Don't know what you've got 'til it's gone" appliances in our households. When our water heaters act up or fail, we instantly know what's wrong.
Unfortunately, most of us wait until a cold shower before we consider replacing our water heaters. This leaves consumers with very little time to make good choices. Considering a hot water heater accounts for up to 18% of our overall utility bills, it's important to make an informed choice with the help of honest professionals.
The first thing you should consider when replacing your water heater is the type you need:
Standard Residential Gas and Electric Water Heaters
The type of energy available in your home will dictate whether you need a gas or an electric water heater. If you have a choice, keep in mind that, although they are more expensive, gas water heaters pay you back with significant energy savings.
Standard tank water heaters:
- Have 20-50 gallon capacities
- Are least expensive
- Have a lifespan of an average of 8-15 years
High-Efficiency (HE) Tank Water Heaters
HE tank water heaters are available in gas and electric models. The U.S. Department of Energy sets specific energy-factor (EF) numbers that must be reached for appliances to be considered energy efficient. Better efficiency means savings.
If you are looking for an energy-efficient electric water heater, you will need a hybrid heat-pump water heater. They pull heat from the air and put it into the water tank, and are very affective in hot climates.
Energy-efficient tank water heaters:
- Use 10-20% less energy
- Are better for the environment
- Provide significant energy savings
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are exactly what they sound like: they have no tanks. Instead of storing hot water, they heat the water on demand, whenever you turn on your faucet.
The energy savings with tankless, on-demand type heaters is significant. They do not cause the energy losses created when tank water heaters are on standby. However, they do have drawbacks.
Instantaneous water heaters do not always have the capacity to supply hot water to more than a few appliances at once. For example, two people may not be able to shower at one time. In low-occupancy homes that do not consume significant amounts of heated water, this will not become an issue. But, if you do have a lifestyle that uses a lot of hot water at one time, you may want to install a second tankless heater for your home, or stick with a conventional tank-style heater.
Tankless water heaters:
- Have superior energy efficiency
- Have a significantly longer life expectancy — up to 20 years
- Use less water
- Require less space than standard tank water heaters
Other things to consider when choosing any hot water heater:
- Brass valves last longer than plastic ones
- Long warranties generally speak to the quality of the product you are purchasing
- More expensive options will take longer to recoup the cost; if you intend to move in less than five years, it may not be worth the investment to upgrade
- Regardless of what type you choose, it is advisable to service your water heater regularly, and to replace an older model before you are left shivering
Camcor Is Your Best Choice for Hot Water Heater Replacement and Service
- We guarantee fast, honest service with well-trained professionals
- Honest, upfront pricing — we never "add on," or charge for estimates
- We will tell you the truth about what you need — if your water heater can be repaired, we won't tell you it must be replaced
- We want you to make informed decisions; we will educate you about your needs and what we plan to do
- We will never offer "today only" pricing, and do not engage in high-pressure sales
- Read what our customers say about our service: Read our reviews
- Please call us today for answers to all of your questions, and to discuss your options and pricing
- You're happy to see a plumber when you need one — we want you to be happy after we're gone