What Are Your Water Heater Replacement Options?

25 August 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Your hot water heater has decided to stop heating water, or has rusted out, emptied its contents, and provided you with an unwanted indoor swimming pool. You need a hot water heater as soon as possible. What are your choices?

Replace your traditional hot water tank for a new one

This is the path of least resistance and a solid choice. If you are replacing the same type of hot water heater, the existing hookups and equipment are already in place. Your existing hot water heater probably lasted for more than a decade, and new high efficiency models can save money and use less energy than your old water heater.

Of course, there are drawbacks to traditional hot water heater tanks. They will still rust out eventually and need replacement. They also use continuous energy to keep the water hot. 

One major drawback to replacing your existing unit with a new tank is that the new tank may not fit in the existing space. New efficiency standards have created the need for thicker insulation around the outside of hot water heater tanks. This causes them to increase in size. 

The increase in size is slight, but if your tank is installed in a cramped space in a closet or basement, a slight increase in size may make installation difficult and expensive. If the existing location is large enough, replacing your tank is a fast and efficient choice for getting your hot water back as soon as possible.

Replace your tank with a tankless water heater

Tankless water heaters heat water on demand and can operate on the same power source ax a traditional tank model. Because they heat water as it is needed, there is no power used to keep water hot as in a tank unit.

Tankless water heaters can fit into a much smaller space than a hot water tank. They are small and flat enough to hang on a wall, and they will not flood the surrounding area when their life span is over because they don't store water.

Best of all, you will have an unlimited supply of hot water on demand.

The main drawbacks of tankless water heaters is that they will need new connections if you are switching from a tank system. This takes additional time, which means living without hot water for a longer period of time. Installation costs will also be higher with plumbing refitting costs

However, a residential plumbing services company like DiRosato Plumbing and Heating that installs tankless water heaters can install a tankless system almost as quickly as replacing a hot water tank. While you have the extra waiting time, you can dream about a future of long hot showers without worrying about your family being left in the cold.