Buying a New Water Heater?

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights:

  • There are two main models of water heaters
  • The tank storage water heater is the most common heater, but the tankless heater is considered the most energy-efficient
  • In addition to efficiency, there are other factors you should consider, such as size and maintenance

Are you living in Salt Lake City or Park City and in need of a new water heater? Whether you’re buying a water heater for the first time or replacing an old heater you’ve had for years, there are a variety of factors you should consider before making a purchase.

Do you constantly run your dishwasher? Do you often have power-outages due to large amounts of snow? There are two main models of water heaters that can help you with all your hot water needs: the tank storage water heater and the tankless water heater.

The tank storage water heater is the most common heater. It primarily uses gas, though oil or electricity can also be used, to keep the water within the tank heated. If the water gets too cold, the tank kicks on to heat the water. It runs 24 hours a day. The natural gas model is the most popular as it is more energy-efficient than the electric model and can still be used if you experience a power-outage.

Most tank water heaters have self-cleaning abilities, making them convenient and safe. They routinely self-clean themselves, reducing sediment build-up. This feature can extend the life of your heater and help keep it running smoothly. Even so, you should make sure to empty a few gallons of water from the tank every couple of years to ensure efficiency.

If you decided to go with a tank heater, they come in three sizes:

  • Small- 30 to 40 gallons, suitable for 1 to 3 people
  • Medium- 40 to 50 gallons, great for 3 to 5 people
  • Large- 60 to 80 gallons, recommended for 6 or more people

The second option is the tankless water heater. This heater saves space by residing on the wall. It only produces hot water when in use, making it one of the most energy-efficient models available. Compared to the tank water heater, it uses up to 50% less energy. It can be run using either gas or LP.

Know that most heaters are equipped with easy-to-read thermostats to monitor the temperature of the water, pilot lights to signal that your heater is working correctly, and an automatic shut-off feature in case of fire. Though most heaters are now designed with energy efficiency in mind, you should still keep your eye open for ENERGYSTAR® ratings. The government issues these ratings based on a set of standards to ensure quality and environment-friendly models.

Both types of heaters come with advantages. Take some time to consider which is better suited to your household’s unique hot water habits.

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