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Choosing Your Water Heater Installation


If we were to tell you that there is a single appliance in every American home that most homeowners take for granted, what do you think it would be? If you said water heater, we agree! The water heater really is the unsung hero in the average home—you use yours every day probably without even really thinking about it too much, until something goes wrong.

Oftentimes, if you have a water heater problem it can be fixed with a professional repair service. However, if your water heater is 15-20 years old, it might be time to kick it to the curb to get a new one professionally installed. What you should know about this is, you have options!

That said, it doesn’t mean that tankless systems are the best choice for every home. Read on as we uncover the advantages and disadvantages of each type of water heater.

Tank Water Heaters

The storage tank water heater is traditionally the standard choice for homeowners. These systems store a large supply of water in a tank and maintain it at a steady temperature each day. Fresh, cold water enters the bottom of the tank, is heated, and then rises to the top to be used when you turn on a hot water tap or plumbing appliance in your household.

What Are the Advantages?

  • Storage tank water heater installation is relatively affordable.
  • Replacing a storage tank water heater is a fairly easy process for our pros, since all the parts are likely already in place to connect to it.
  • There are a number of fuel options—gas, electricity, or oil.

What Are the Disadvantages?

  • You can have standby heat loss, where hot water that isn’t used during the day is wasted.
  • If there is too much demand on the water heater in a single day, you could run out of hot water before it has a chance to refill and heat back up.
  • Storage tanks are big and bulky, taking up a lot of space
  • Tank water heaters have more components than tankless systems, which means more repair and maintenance needs.

Tankless Water Heaters

Also called on-demand water heaters, these systems deliver hot water to your taps only when there is a demand for it. Tankless systems are essentially metal boxes containing heat exchangers+

2 mounted on a wall and connected to the main water line. When a hot water tap or appliance is turned on in your home, the heat exchangers come on and heat up the water. This is how the system gets the “on-demand” part of its name.

What Are the Advantages?

  • You will never “run out” of hot water.
  • There’s no standby heat loss, making tankless systems much more efficient than their storage tank counterparts.
  • Without a storage tank, tankless systems save a lot of space.
  • You have the ability to set very precise temperature settings.

What Are the Disadvantages?

  • Tankless systems are more expensive to purchase and install.
  • Most models require electric power, which can be more expensive than a natural gas system.
  • Tankless systems can be overwhelmed if too many plumbing appliances are demanding hot water at the same time.

Remember, every home is different! We would love the chance to talk to you more about your water heater options, and help you make an informed decision.

For professional water heater installation done right, contact Brown’s Heating & Cooling today!

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