Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you hear water running in the basement and all the taps are off? With anxious anticipation you find contact information for a plumber, search for the source of the running water, and hope the flood isn't huge. If the source is a failed water heater you need to get replacement immediately. While it is urgent that you get a new appliance, it is also important to select the correct water heater for your household needs. The following information about water heaters is designed to help you find the most suitable one for you.
You may have heard that conventional storage systems should be replaced by tankless units to save energy. However, whether or not the tankless variety is right depends upon your needs.
Heated water is stored in a large tank that gives you a lot of hot water at the same time. Depending on the model, you can get sufficient amounts of water for a large family to take showers and do laundry simultaneously. These units are less expensive to buy, and do-it-yourself plumbers can install them. However, they are not very efficient. Heat is lost as water sits in the tank or the pipes.
As the name implies, these units do not have a water storage tank. The water is heated instantly as it passes through the unit. They do not provide a lot of hot water for simultaneous activities such as laundry and showers. With a small family, though, the hot water supply should be adequate. Typically, they tend to be more efficient than conventional systems. Plumbing requirements may be different for a tankless unit and may require some remodeling in your home in order to be installed.
Before buying either a tankless or conventional system you should consider the following criteria:
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