A water heater is something that many people take for granted, not realizing how important they are until they fail. Without a water heater, the water you use for taking showers, washing dishes and other everyday activities would be cold, ice cold. If the water heater stops operating correctly, you will likely be without hot water for a couple of hours or maybe even a full day. The best time to choose a new water heater is before the old one stops working.

If you believe the water heater is outdated and needs to be replaced, call your local Indiana plumber. A plumber will be able to help you decide whether you need a water heater repair or a new water heater installation. Here is an overview of the most common types of water heaters to help you when it comes time to purchase a new one.

Two Main Types Of Water Heaters

Storage Water Heaters

Storage water heaters are the most popular type of water heater. They are usually a large, round tank that stores hot water until you need to use it. As you use the hot water, a cold water line replenishes new water into the tank, which is then heated to a thermostat-controlled temperature.

  • Pros: These water heaters last 10-15 years and are fairly inexpensive. The tank allows you to have hot water on demand, regardless of where it’s being used.
  • Cons: They are very large and take up a lot of room. Even though storage water heaters last 10-15 years, they still don’t last as long as tankless water heaters. When hot water is not being drawn, storage water heaters are in “standby” mode, which constantly uses energy to keep the water at an ideal temperature.

Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are small units that connect to your plumbing. They use electric or gas to heat cold water as it passes through the unit.

  • Pros: Tankless hot water heaters last about 20 years, which is longer than storage water heaters. They are also great because they can be mounted on walls, saving you a ton of space. Separate units can be installed near Jacuzzi tubs and other hot water usage areas for optimum performance and convenience.
  • Cons: The flow rate of hot water can sometimes fall behind when being demanded in more than one place. For instance, if the shower, dishwasher, and washing machine were all being used at once, the unit might have a harder time keeping up. Tankless hot water heaters also tend to be more expensive than storage water heaters.

Replacing a hot water heater is not something you should try to do on your own. If you find yourself in need of a water heater replacement, contact the expert plumbers at Westside Plumbing. Selecting a water heater can be a difficult task, but our knowledgeable plumbing contractors will ensure you make an informed decision on the best water heater for your Indiana home. Contact us today at 317-445-8399 for any of your water heater and plumbing needs.

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