Water heaters may operate silently in the background, but they are a very important appliance nonetheless. When you are installing a new hot-water heater, it is imperative that you make your selection wisely. You can expect issues like increased operating costs or limited hot water access if you fail to choose your new unit appropriately.
Make sure you aren't overlooking availability in terms of access to hot water. The two most common availability options are storage-tank and tankless-operated systems. Storage-tank heaters keep a certain amount of hot water in reserve for you to use whenever you need it, as the water is preheated. Although it would seem that this type of availability would ensure you always had access to hot water, the opposite is often true, especially if you live in a large home.
Once the hot water in the reserve tank has been used, you will have to wait for more hot water to be generated before you have access to it. Opposite from this style is the tankless heater. Tankless water heaters don't store heated water. Instead, the water is heated as needed or on demand. Since only the water you actually need to use is heated, this heater is the most efficient option, and you can almost guarantee you will have access to hot water whenever you need it.
Many water heaters are very similar, but their advanced technology can set them apart. Try to look for units with built-in fire protection and intuitive temperature settings. Fire protection is a critical safety feature. Units are equipped with a heating element that must be submerged by water at all times. If there is a malfunction that is preventing water from entering into the unit correctly, the element could burn out, causing an internal fire or even a home fire.
The fire-protection feature automatically shuts down the heating element whenever there is an absence of water so that you can avoid this concern. The intuitive temperature feature is designed to alter the temperature of the water based on your usage patterns. For example, if you have a storage tank and rarely use all the water inside it, the heater would automatically stop filling the tank to capacity. This type of feature doesn't just save on energy; it can also extend the lifespan of the unit.
Make sure you are choosing your unit wisely. A professional installer such as Towers-Murray Plumbing Co Inc can assist you with this process.