For the most past, hot water heaters sit in a basement or attic or utility closet and go largely unnoticed. That is, until they go out. When a water heater fails, it can do so gradually or all at once. If, for instance, the water heater is old and the tank inside it has rusted through, the water heater is old and the tank inside it has rusted through, the water heater can fail instantly. When that happens, the entire family routine is disrupted because there is no hot water for shaving, no hot water for showers, and no hot water for the dishwasher.

If a hot water heater fails suddenly, you’ll be hard pressed to find time to shop around for just the right kind or to compare prices. More than likely, you’ll accept the recommendation your plumber makes, which will be the type he or she happens to carry. It’s not so much that the plumber’s recommendation will be a poor one, but it does help to know what your options are.

Water heaters are designed to use one of three types of energy – natural gas, electric, and liquid propane. Natural gas water heaters have under the storage tank as a gas burner used to heat the water, unlike electric water heaters that use stainless steel heating elements inside the tank. Water heaters heated with liquid propane use the same burner system natural gas heaters use. Natural gas water heaters are by far the most fuel efficient and cost the least the operate. To save even more money, high-efficiency hot water heaters are also available. Although they cost a little more initially, a high-efficiency water heater can save homeowners money in the long run.

For the most past, hot water heaters sit in a basement or attic or utility closet and go largely unnoticed. That is, until they go out. When a water heater fails, it can do so gradually or all at once. If, for instance, the water heater is old and the tank inside it has rusted through, the water heater is old and the tank inside it has rusted through, the water heater can fail instantly. When that happens, the entire family routine is disrupted because there is no hot water for shaving, no hot water for showers, and no hot water for the dishwasher.

If a hot water heater fails suddenly, you’ll be hard pressed to find time to shop around for just the right kind or to compare prices. More than likely, you’ll accept the recommendation your plumber makes, which will be the type he or she happens to carry. It’s not so much that the plumber’s recommendation will be a poor one, but it does help to know what your options are.

Water heaters are designed to use one of three types of energy – natural gas, electric, and liquid propane. Natural gas water heaters have under the storage tank as a gas burner used to heat the water, unlike electric water heaters that use stainless steel heating elements inside the tank. Water heaters heated with liquid propane use the same burner system natural gas heaters use. Natural gas water heaters are by far the most fuel efficient and cost the least the operate. To save even more money, high-efficiency hot water heaters are also available. Although they cost a little more initially, a high-efficiency water heater can save homeowners money in the long run.

Water heaters range in storage capacity from as little as 30 gallons to as much as 80 gallons. The most common sizes are 40 gallons and 50 gallons. We generally install 50-gallon water heaters in the new homes we build because they are just slightly more in cost than a comparable 40-gallon water heater, yet they provide homeowners with an additional 10 gallons of hot water. The proper size of water heater to choose depends on the number of people living in the house, whether or not the house has a dishwasher or a washing machine, and on the number of bathtubs and showers present in the house.

Other water heater models are designed to make what is referred to as a fast recovery. Their ability to reheat the water in the tank as it is being used is quicker than a conventional water heater. Fast recovery models are ideal for those periods of time when several showers or baths are being taken at the same time, or one right after the other. For example, when a family wakes up in the morning and everyone wants to shower and get ready for school or work at the same time, a fast recovery model will replenish the hot water quicker so that everyone gets to enjoy a hot shower.

Some models also have a self-cleaning system built into them that helps keep the water heater operating properly. Self-cleaning systems work by channeling water through a special inlet tube that keeps sediment from settling at the bottom of the tank. They are also effective at preventing the buildup of lime. The primary benefit of a self-cleaning system is that it can extend the life of the water heater while at the same time ensuring that it operates safely at maximum efficiency.