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Types of Hot Water Heaters

types of hot water heaters

The average homeowner doesn’t think about their hot water heater too much but uses it multiple times per day. Sometimes we take our hot water tanks for granted until something is wrong with them. While there are a variety of brands on hot water heater options, we’re going to focus on the primary types: gas and electric, standard and tankless.

Gas Hot Water Heaters

Both standard and tankless water heaters offer gas-powered solutions. Gas hot water heaters typically are less expensive to run compared to electric and they typically heat water faster too. Many customers opt for a hot water tank based on the source of energy they currently utilize as both gas and electric hot water heaters have made strides in energy efficiency and the speed of heating water.

Rheem tankless hotwater heater

Electric Hot Water Heaters

Standard and tankless water heaters can both come powered by electricity. Electric models cost less than gas-powered options to install on average. Again, this can depend on what you currently have in your home when switching out units.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient by providing hot water only on demand. They instantly heat water as needed, whereas a standard tank heats gallons at a time. And while they are more expensive compared to standard tank models, an increasing number of homeowners prefer them for their convenience and space-saving features. Tankless hot water heaters are available in multiple sizes, save space, and typically last 20 years (more than a standard water heater).

tankless hot water heater

Standard Water Heaters</h2

The Standard Water Heaters are the most common choice when homeowners are deciding on a new water heater. They typically cost less than other types of the water heater. Standard water heaters hold between 30 – 80 gallons of water and tend to last on average of 8-10 years.

Why Choose Sal’s?

We carry the leading manufacturers for hot water heaters. Unlike other HVAC and Plumbing companies, Sal’s Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. carries a diverse range of products to better accommodate the customer’s unique needs and preferences.

Our staff will assist you in picking a unit that is best for your home and energy-saving goals.

Common Water Heater Problems

The primary reason people call Sal’s regarding a hot water heater problem is lack of hot water. After the homeowner’s troubleshooting with no resolve, it’s time to call an expert! No hot water isn’t the only common problem though. Even too hot of water or low water flow can be signs of a problem.

With tankless hot water systems, the heater can shut down if a problem occurs which can make it difficult for homeowners to troubleshoot alone.

Regardless of your hot water heater problem, call a professional. Hot water heaters are not appliances to do it yourself (DIY).

Professional Installation: No DYI

To save money homeowners may try to DYI their own hot water units in their home. Unfortunately, not only do you risk damaging your home with improper installation but you could be making a deadly mistake by doing a faulty install. To ensure proper installation consumers should trust only a professional to install your hot water heaters properly and safely. You can run the risk of a carbon dioxide leak, possible tank explosion, there will be no warranty and you can hurt your property value.

DYI Water Heater installation

DYI Water Heater Installation

DYI Water Heater Installation

DYI Water Heater Installation

DYI Water Heater installation

This homeowner risked their family’s lives with this installation. While proud of the handy work, it’s a perfect example of why this job is best left to professionals. There wasn’t a chimney so the vent pipe should be 6′ steel pipe or less run differently. Yet, PVC is used and flex yellow gas lines (a big no-no). As these should be a hard pipe. Flex connectors for the waterline is another NO-NO. Why spend money on a quality water tank, like Rheem provides if you’re not going to properly install it? It doesn’t save you as much as you think in the long run. And DIY results can turn deadly.

Trust Sal’s

You can count on Sal’s to help you whether you are in need of a repair on your existing unit or are in the market for a new hot water system we have you covered. Our team of professionals are knowledgeable and have years of experience in the field with a variety of different brands and we understand how important hot water is to your day to day life.


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