At the end of a long day, few things cut through the stress and muscle strain like a hot shower. However, if your water heater has been having problems, you might be in the market for a new version. With there being a variety, you’ll want to know which one is best for your home. Here are three kinds of water heaters you should be familiar with, and why plumbers recommend each.
Types of Water Heaters
1. Conventional Tank Heaters
Conventional water heaters work by filling a large, upright tank with water, and then using a heating element to heat the liquid. These water heaters then mix a stream of hot water with cold water to create the desired temperature. Conventional tank heaters are typically less expensive than other versions, but take up a lot of space and can experience problems with corrosion. However, plumbers might recommend a tank water heater if you are replacing another tank, or if you need a supplemental system for your home.
2. On-Demand Water Heaters
Unlike tank water heaters, on-demand water heaters are much smaller and heat water as it passes through a gas or electric element. These water heaters are energy efficient and provide a steady stream of hot water, as long as the usage in the home stays under the capacity of the system. Plumbers recommend on-demand water heaters when homeowners need a never-ending supply of hot water, or when space is tight in utility closets.
3. Solar Water Heaters
If you are concerned about reducing your carbon footprint, plumbers will recommend a solar water heater. These systems use energy from the sun to heat an anti-freeze like liquid that transfers heat to the water in the tank. Solar water heaters can be expensive but are perfect for anyone who is concerned about reducing their reliance on city power grids.
Whether your family is tired of being short on hot water or you are experiencing problems with your existing water heater, the plumbers at Plumb-Rite Plumbing can help you to fix up your home. Serving the Greater Flathead Valley area in MT including Whitefish, Kallspell, Columbia Falls, Bigfork, Lakeside, Kila, and Evergreen, these experienced professionals can help you to take care of everything from water heater installation and repair to emergency toilet service. To find out more, visit their website or give them a call at (406) 257-7795.