For some people, finding out they need a new water heater means taking whichever tank the local plumber has available. This may turn out just fine if you have an experienced plumber with a well-stocked truck, but it’s not always the best way to find the water heater that’s right for your home.
Sometimes, it’s better to compare your options. And today, there are more options out there than ever before. Gas or electric, tank or tankless: which one is best for your home? Call a plumber to discuss your options, or check out our guide below.
First, there’s the matter of fuel type. If you are planning to install a tank water heater, the conventional large tank model you’ll see in most homes, you need to know what it’s running on. For some people, electric is always preferred. For others, natural gas is a better alternative. It all depends on your needs.
Gas water heaters offer many benefits:
Electric water heaters, however, have their advantages too.
Once you know what fuel source a tank water heater will use, you’ll have to find out which is the right size for your home. It depends on your family size and habits, mostly. If multiple people tend to use hot water at different fixtures at once, for example, you’ll need a bigger tank.
Don’t fall for a standard 50-gallon tank if it’s not right for your family. If it’s too small, you’ll run out of hot water all the time. If your water heater is too big, you’ll waste a lot of energy or fuel. That’s why you should consult a plumber to find the right water heater tank for your family.
A tankless water heater is something you’ve likely considered if you’re shopping around. Tankless water heaters have a design that eliminates tanks by automatically heating up water as it passes through. That means that you don’t have to worry about wasting water you never use. They’re not right for everyone, but they can certainly save you some money over time.
Tankless water heaters offer these advantages.
But tank water heaters still have plenty to make them popular.