GAS & ELECTRIC WATER HEATERS
How Do Storage Tank Water Heaters Work?
A single-family storage water heater offers a ready reservoir – from 20 to 80 gallons of hot water. It operates by heating hot water in the tank and releasing it when you turn on your shower or faucets. To replace the used hot water, water from the cold water lines flows through the bottom of the tank and refills the tank. This continuous process ensures that the tank is always full with water that it can heat up for your next shower.
Tank-based water heaters can operate with electricity or fuel sources such as natural gas and propane.
Since water is constantly heated in the tank, a lot of energy is wasted even when you’re not using the water. This is called standby heat loss. Tankless water heaters are a great option to avoid standby heat losses. However, now days there are storage water heaters that are highly efficient and significantly reduce standby heat losses and lower annual operating costs. Contact us today to learn about the right option for your home!
Select the Right Water Heater for Your Home
Most of the time, the cheapest water heater to buy turns out to be the most expensive, because of its operation and maintenance cost over its lifetime. On the other hand, oversized units carry a higher purchase price and will increase your energy costs due to higher standby energy losses.
Before buying a hot water heater consider the following:
Size – a small (30 – 40 gallon) storage tank is suitable for 1 – 2 people in a household; a medium (40 – 50 gallon) one works well for household with 3 – 4 people. Larger tanks are appropriate for 4 – 6 people.
Type – you can choose between electric, natural gas or propane water heaters.
Energy efficiency – as technology advanced, manufacturers created various efficiency levels in the conventional water heaters sphere. We recommend to consider multiple manufacturers before installing your next water heater.
Installation & Maintenance Tips
In the State of Texas, the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examinersrequires that water heaters are repaired and installed by licensed plumbers. Also, in the city of Houston, all water heaters require a permit.
Based on the water hardness in your area, we recommend a periodic water heater maintenance which can significantly extend your water heater’s life and minimize loss and efficiency.
If you need help with water heater installation/repair, or other plumbing services, CONTACT US TODAY! IGD Plumbing believes in providing a service you will remember! We guarantee that our experienced technicians and friendly office staff will hold one mission in mind, and that is to raise the experience of serving you to an extraordinary level!