If you’re considering changing your old water heater because it is broken or damaged and is showing signs of wear, don’t simply get the same old system. Considering the technological advancement, it may not be the most suitable choice of water heater anymore. There are several different types of water heaters available in Gilbert. Understanding the different types of water heaters and which one could suit your needs best, really helps when you go out to get one.
The water heater you’re looking to replace could be 10 to 15 years old and the same type might not even be available anymore. And even if it is, it does not necessarily mean that it is still the best choice. Over the years, advances in technology have changed the economics and several things that were considered costly to install and maintain are now cheaper and much more durable. Let’s take a look at the different types of water heaters you could purchase in Gilbert.
Storage Water Heater
This is the most common and quite an old one, quite likely the water heater that you may still be using or your household has used previously. It is still found in several homes in Gilbert.
This type of water heater fills the storage tank of your residence or commercial property, with cold water and heats it to a certain temperature that is set by the user. The heated water is then fed to several appliances and outlets through one main water feed line.
Storage water heaters deliver hot water at any time it is required. They are easy to install, quite cost effective compared to its alternatives and mostly do not give any trouble once they’re installed. However, because they need to keep a tank of water, hot at all times, they require a lot of power and are considered least energy efficient.
2. Tankless Water Heater
This type of water heater does not hold any water like the storage water heater, but provides a certain amount of hot water when needed. The main disadvantage of the tankless water heater is that it can only heat up to 5 gallons of water per minute. This makes getting hot water to different appliances at the same time quite difficult.
Tankless water systems are also very costly to buy and install, but they are eco friendly and a lot more energy efficient.
3. Solar Water Heaters
As the name suggests, solar water heaters store water in tanks and circulate it through solar collectors where it is heated and fed back to the tank. You will, undoubtedly save a lot of money on energy bills with this system, but it has its fair share of downsides.
Solar heater systems do not have the sufficient amount of heat to raise the temperature of the water to the desired level. Hence, solar water heaters are sometimes combined with standard water heaters to provide the necessary heat.