Water Heater Installation
Have you ever heard about the revenge of the water heater? It’s often signaled by a blood curdling scream when someone’s shower turns ice cold. Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air can end the horror by installing a new water heater in your Auburn, Opelika, or Montgomery, AL home.
Choose your type
For decades nearly all homes came equipped with a tank style water heater. It used either gas, propone, or electricity to heat the water in a large tank. It was then distributed throughout the house as needed. Now, many homes use a tankless water heater. It doesn’t store water but rather heats the water as it’s needed. What’s best for your home? Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages.
Explain the difference
Well it’s just as the names imply. The traditional tank style typically holds 40, 50, or 60 gallons of water. The water is kept hot all the time with the heating element turning on and off all day, even when no water is being used. This is a waste of energy. Additionally, a tank style can run out of hot water. A tankless heater will never run out because the water is heated when you turn on the faucet which is more energy efficient. You also will get hot water at the tap much more quickly than with a tank style heater.
There is no cut and dried answer as to which one costs less. A traditional tank style water heater is going to cost less upfront but cost you more on utility bills. You will get a return on your investment if you spend the extra money on a tankless system, but it could take several years. The installation cost for a tankless system can also be higher when replacing an existing tank style heater. One other factor, a tankless water heater will usually last about twice as long as a tank style.
Tankless water heaters come in gas or electric versions. Dixie specializes in gas tankless installations. Tank-style water heaters can be gas, electric or propane. If you have natural gas service to your home, it is the most economical way to heat water. Propane also works well but comes with the hassle of a tank that must be refilled. For that reason, many households without natural gas service will choose electric water heaters.
Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air will be happy to talk with you about the best choice for your situation. You can choose from a wide variety of models and types from brand names like Ruud, Bradford White, Rheem, Navien, and Rinnai. When you buy from Dixie you can be assured our skilled installation team will have your new water heater installed on time and on budget.