The Different Types of Water Heaters

December 30, 2021

While they all have the same purpose—to heat your water—there are many different types of hot water heaters on the market. You probably don’t give much thought to what type of water heater you have until it needs to be repaired or replaced. If that’s the case, keep reading.

Below we’ll cover some of the pros and cons of the most popular water heater types to help you make a purchase decision.

Conventional water heaters

A conventional water heater includes a 30- to 80-gallon insulated storage tank that continuously holds a large quantity of heated water. These heaters can either be powered by natural gas, propane, oil or electricity.

Homeowners with conventional water heaters typically have plenty of water; however, since these models run continuously day and night, they can be huge energy hogs. The best way to reduce your bills and prolong the unit’s lifespan is by hiring our team for routine maintenance.

Tankless water heaters

For water when you need it without the high energy bill, consider a tankless water heater. As the name suggests, these types of hot water heaters don’t have a tank. Instead of holding a bunch of unused hot water in a large tank, these models heat water on demand.

The biggest perks of tankless water heaters are the monthly energy savings and your endless supply of hot water. That said, these models have a very low water-flow rate compared to conventional water heaters. Homeowners often install multiple tankless heaters to accommodate their hot water needs.

Electric heat pump water heaters

These water heaters draw heat from the air and transfer it to the water stored inside the tank. As you can imagine, electric heat pump systems perform best in warmer climates where there’s plenty of hot air to heat the water.

It’s tough to top these models when we talk about energy efficiency for the different kinds of water heaters. Energy Star electric heat pump heaters can save up to $300 per year compared to the cost of a conventional water heater—but they’re two times as expensive as a standard unit.

Solar water heaters

Using the sun’s powerful UV rays to heat water is a no-brainer for all of the eco-conscious homeowners out there. These are two-part units: the solar panels (which are often mounted on the roof) and the insulated tank. As the sun’s rays hit the solar panel, the water inside the tank heats up.

These can save up to $400 per year on your energy bills, but they have an expensive up-front cost, and homeowners often need to install a backup system for use on cloudy days.

Is it time for a new water heater?

Don’t try to install a new water heater by yourself. Call our team at Moody & McClendon Plumbing Inc. We specialize in installing all the different kinds of water heaters. Regardless of your make or model, we’ll install it the right way ASAP. Contact us today to learn more about our water heater installation services.

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