Waiting too long to replace a water heater can mean having to deal with a sudden loss of hot water when you need it. Imagine having your water heater break down unexpectedly or reach its life span before you realize it. If this happens, you would have to go without hot water for showers, dishwashing, and other daily activities in your Phoenix home. Instead of waiting, start looking into water heating systems while keeping the following information in mind.
Types of Water Heating Systems
There are different types of water heating systems to choose from for your Phoenix home. These types include the following:
- Conventional storage models
- Tankless models
- Heat pump models
Conventional storage water heaters have a tank that stays filled with a certain amount of hot water. Tankless models heat up water on demand rather than keeping it in a storage tank. Heat pump models heat the water using the heat from the air instead of electrically heating it like a conventional unit.
Fuel for Water Heating Systems
When choosing a type of water heating system for your home, you’ll also need to consider fuel types. Common options include electricity and natural gas. Electricity is used for conventional storage and tankless models, as well as heat pump models. Natural gas is used for conventional storage and tankless models.
What Type of Water Heater and Fuel Type Do You Need?
When you’re making these decisions, there are a few factors to take into consideration. How much hot water does your household use? A conventional storage water heater is ideal for households that use a lot of hot water throughout the day, such as homes with a large family. Tankless water heaters are suitable for homes that don’t have a high or frequent demand for hot water. Heat pump water heaters are a good option if you’re willing to invest in the unit but want to save in the long run.
What fuel types are available? You might be limited if your area only has one fuel type available. However, many areas offer natural gas and electricity as fuel options for water heating systems.
How much are fuel costs? When deciding between natural gas and electricity, consider the cost of fuel. Natural gas and electricity costs vary in different areas. While natural gas is typically cheaper, electricity might be a more cost-effective option, such as if you choose a heat pump water heater.
What Size Water Heater Do You Need?
It’s important to get the right size water heater for your home. Otherwise, you could end up using more energy heating up water frequently if your water heater is too small. A water heating system that is too small can have a harder time producing enough hot water. A professional plumber can help you determine the right size water heater for your household.
How Much Energy Efficiency Do Water Heating Systems Offer?
Water heating systems differ in terms of how energy-efficient they are. Choosing a more efficient water heater helps keep your energy bills and energy usage down. This can help you save money on the costs of heating water in your home over time. A more energy-efficient system can also last longer so that you don’t have to replace it for a number of years.
If you’re ready to install a new water heating system or have questions about the lifespan of your existing unit, contact Forrest Anderson Plumbing & Air Conditioning.