One of the great things about owning a home today is that there is so much opportunity to customize it and all of the systems within however you see fit. Of course, while options are great, this also makes it a bit more difficult to determine which is the right system or appliance for your home. If you are in need of a new water heater, you may be taken aback by just how many are available on the market. Two of the most popular models are tank and tankless water heaters. Here is some information from the professional plumbers at The Trusted Plumber to help you choose the right water heater in Phoenix, AZ for your needs and personal preferences.
Water Heaters: Tank vs. Tankless
When most homeowners envision a water heater, they probably think of a tank model. These are the water heaters that many of us grew up with, and they continue to be among, if not the, most popular of all water heater models. A storage tanks holds a supply of hot water constantly at the ready, and gas or electricity is used to power the system. This reservoir of hot water means that there is always an immediate supply ready to go. The problem with this type of water heater comes in the form of standby energy loss. Inevitably, some of the heat in that water is going to transfer to the air outside through the tank. This means that more energy will have to be used in order to keep this water hot. Modern tanks are very efficient, and can be outfitted with additional insulation, but it is something to keep in mind when considering water heater replacement.
Tankless water heaters do not require a storage tank. Instead, they heat water on demand, as you call for hot water at a point of use in your home. The delay is minimal, and these systems are very efficient, as they eliminate the risk of standby energy loss by eliminating the need for a storage tank altogether. They are more easily overwhelmed than tank models, though, and cost more to purchase.
Ultimately, there is no single “best” make or model of water heater.
When you work with the plumbers at The Trusty Plumber you can count on finding the best water heater for your needs. Give us a call today to explore your options.