An old or damaged water heater can leave you without hot water, low water pressure, and in an awful situation. Robert’s Plumbing Hydro Jet & Rooter installs hot water heaters all the time and is very knowledgeable in exactly what you and your family needs.
Conventional Water Heaters
High-efficiency water heaters save a substantial amount of money compared to an older conventional water heater. Your natural gas or propane water heater uses about 17 percent of the energy in your home and is notoriously inefficient. Even a brand-new mid-priced conventional tank-style water heater is only 57 to 59 percent efficient because it loses heat through the flue and through the walls of the storage tank. Older water heaters are even worse, wasting more than half the heat. So upgrading your old gas or propane water heater to a high-efficiency model can save big bucks. Electric water heaters are also serious energy guzzlers, but as with electric heat systems, upgrading to a newer electric model probably won’t cut your utility bills by much.
Gas models manufactured before 1998 typically operate at less than 50 percent efficiency.
Tankless Water Heaters
Reduce water heating costs as much as 50%! Tankless water heaters heat entirely on demand only when hot water is needed. Since there is no hot water storage thermal heat loss is almost completely eliminated.
Since hot water is not stored, tankless water heaters generally handle hard water minerals and sediments much better than conventional tanks. This makes them far less likely to leak or rupture, and able to maintain efficiency throughout their whole lifecycle. Accordingly, many have much longer warranties.
Tankless water heaters are about the size of a large briefcase (gas units) – they save valuable floor space that can be used for storage etc. especially in condos and apartments.