Water heater leaks or inconsistent and inadequate heating are clear signs that your current unit has reached its full lifespan. You could also be in the market for a new water heater if your family has grown and your hot water needs are outpacing what the current unit supplies.
When you are looking for a larger or more efficient model it can be hard to know which one will best suit your needs. At PlumbV we offer various types and models of water heaters, one of which is the traditional tank water heater. Modern options vary and knowing your family’s hot water needs will be key to your decision.
A tank-style water heater utilizes an insulated storage tank to heat water and holds it at that temperature until used. Once the hot water is depleted the unit cycle restarts with fresh water. When functioning properly and at the right size for your home, tank units ensure a ready supply of hot water. Tank water heaters can be fueled by electricity, gas, or a hybrid source.
Some factors to consider when deciding on whether a tank model is best:
Fuel Type. The fuel type used to operate your home’s water heater will affect overall cost, but also the unit’s size and energy efficiency.
Tank Size. Ideal tank size will vary, based on the size of your household and your average hot water use.
Energy Efficiency. Fuel type and tank size are two factors that will affect cost and efficiency.
Cost. Annual operating costs can vary depending on tank size and fuel use, with natural gas models costing more upfront but less to operate over time.
Tank models generally self-regulate to keep a set amount of water heated to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit and pressurized to about 150 psi. A tank’s constant running could be inefficient if your household doesn’t regularly utilize the full volume. It could also meant that everyday wear and tear could cause leaks and even flooding if the unit fails. Sediment and mineral scale are factors that can lead to build up and corrosion, ruining vital components.
Opt for an Expert
Each type of water heater has its good points and ideal applications. At PlumbV we only recommend and install tank-style models that will conserve both water and energy and will work well for your family’s needs. If you are in Raleigh, or Durham, North Carolina or the general Triangle area, let PlumbV be your go-to plumbing expert for water heater installation. We can help you find the best tank water heater for your family’s needs and keep it in great shape for years to come. Give us a call today to learn whether an upgraded tank water heater will complement your home’s plumbing system.