Today’s homeowner has more options when selecting a water heater. It wasn’t long ago that the selection of a new water heater only involved choosing the capacity, and whether or not to install an electric or gas water heater. Today’s decision begins with choosing between storage water heaters and tankless water heaters. The plumbing professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing can assess your hot water needs, and provide assistance in the decision for the best option for your household. Contact our plumbers in Arlington today for plumbing repair, plumbing installation, or maintenance.
Storage Water Heaters
New regulations that went into effect in 2015 require manufacturers to improve tank insulation to reduce standby heat loss, resulting in a bulkier tank.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are either electric or gas. They heat water on-demand, utilizing a heat exchanger to heat water when a hot water tap is opened. They lack a tank for storage, eliminating stand-by heat losses, and consume energy only with the demand for hot water. The process provides greater energy efficiency than storage tanks, which repeatedly heat hot water until it’s used.
In addition, they experience a longer lifespan, averaging about 20 years. Tankless water heaters cost is higher than an average conventional water heater. However, the energy they save assists in a return on your investment, lowering the end cost.
Furthermore, the convenience of never running out of hot water is a major benefit of the tankless, and one the storage unit is unable to match. In addition, a tankless water heater requires considerably less space compared to a conventional water heater. Benjamin Franklin plumbers in Arlington can provide the water heater installation you need.
Types of Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are available as a whole house or point of use hot water heaters. A whole house unit provides hot water for the entire home, while point of use tankless water heaters serves a single location. The point of use tankless water heater is ideally suited for remote locations, such as the bathroom on the back of the home, garages, workshops, outdoor kitchens, barns, and more.
Tankless water heaters require a licensed plumber for installation, due to factors such as gas flow and gas line size, exhaust type, sizing, and/or the power supply. It’s natural to want the greatest efficiency and lifespan possible from a new tankless, and to ensure you receive it insist on a licensed qualified plumber for installation.
There are benefits to both conventional storage water heaters, and tankless water heaters. Ensuring the right one requires the consideration of your households hot water needs. You can rely on our plumbers in Arlington to provide a detailed assessment of your needs, and our professional recommendation.
Benjamin Franklin’s licensed plumbers in Arlington offer a wide range of plumbing services, including water heater replacement, and arrive at your location with a fully stocked truck to provide for most repairs without the need to return to the shop for parts. We serve Arlington, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.