Types of water heaters
Water heaters are appliances that supply hot water for various purposes such as cooking, cleaning, and bathing. In a home setting, it is typically used to provide a convenient flow of heated water for washing dishes and clothes, taking showers, and filling up the tub.
In addition to an electric or gas-powered heating element, a storage tank is also needed so that the water may be accessed at any time without having to wait for the water to get hot. Water heaters can vary in size from small units providing less than 10 gallons (38 liters) per hour which might only serve one bathroom, to large units able to deliver 125 gallons (473 liters) or more per hour into multiple taps throughout a house.
Why are water heaters important?
Water heaters are important to everyone. Not only do they provide hot water for the shower, sinks, dishwasher, and washing machine, but also can be used to heat swimming pools or to heat homes during the winter. There are many different types of water heaters to choose from including electric, gas, solar-powered and tankless. With all of these options available it is important that you understand how each works in order to make the best decision for your home or business.
Water heater information will help you determine which type of water heater is best suited for your needs while providing answers to frequently asked questions about standard water heating systems.
Most people know what type of system their home currently has but if not is a little background on how these systems work. More often than not, a home has a standard natural gas-fueled, storage tank water heater with a 40-gallon capacity and an energy factor (EF) of 0.60 or less. This type of system provides hot water on demand and can provide up to 240 gallons of hot water per day.
The two most popular types of storage tank water heaters are gas and electric. What is the difference? Both use electricity to power an internal heating element; however, the fuel source for the gas unit is natural gas while the electric unit uses electricity from your local utility company through your home’s electrical system. On average, these units cost between $300 and $1,000 to purchase, and depending on where you live and how old your system is, can cost between $60 and $150 per year to maintain.
The state of Texas does not require inspections on water heaters, but it is recommended by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). If you are selling or buying a home having an inspection done on the hot water heater prior to closing is a smart choice for both parties. This allows both buyer and seller to understand what type of hot water heater exists in the home as well as its condition. If you have any questions please let us know, our professional plumbers can guide you on the right type of water heater that meets your needs. You can also find us on Google maps and follow the directions. Here is the link https://goo.gl/maps/Q35To3xYU2gzv8iY9.
Areas we serve are close to El Salido Park located at 11500 Morning Glory Trail, Austin, TX 78750. We have replaced multiple water heaters. Apparently, this community likes the tankless water heater as it’s smaller and takes up less space in the house or garage. We enjoy serving this area of Austin, TX. If you live here just give us a call today.
The second area where we replace units with a tankless one is Johnson Four Corners Ltd located at 11001 Alison Parke Trail, Austin, Texas 78750. Here is the same reason, it’s smaller and can fit in very narrow spaces. Also is a little more aesthetic which is a good thing.