Types of Residential Water Heaters
- Conventional Storage Water Heaters
- Demand-type Water Heaters
- Tankless Coil Water Heaters
- Indirect Water Heaters
- Heat Pump Water Heaters
- Solar Water Heaters
When it Comes to Water Heaters, Choose the Plumbers 911 Experts
Not only is the last statement pretty obvious, it means that you have to take a certain number of precautions in order to be comfortable during the long winter months. First, you want to make sure that your heating system is in good order, you want to keep your pipes insulated, and you want to make sure that you have a reliable water heater for your home.
Not only do you need to make sure your water heater is in good working condition, you will also need to consider energy efficiency when choosing to replace your old one. In April 2015, the Department of Energy announced new standards for hot water heaters and other heating appliances. The newer models will save you money on your utility bills over time, but it does complicate your choices right now.
There are a lot of good options when it comes to residential water heaters that reliable plumbing contractors in Boston can install for you:
Conventional Storage Water Heaters: This is the most common kind of water heater, and still does a good job for most homes. It’s the classic design: a big water tank with an electric or gas heating element in the bottom. They’re pretty reliable, but can run out of water if you try to use hot water for more than one purpose in a short period of time, such as trying to do laundry while three people want to take showers.
Demand-Type Water Heaters: These are a relatively new development in the industry. Instead of a single storage tank for the entire home, each hot water tap and appliances that use hot water have a small heating element attached directly to the water supply line. They can be more energy and water efficient because you don’t have to run the water for a while until it gets hot, but sometimes you won’t get as much water flowing at once.
Tankless Coil Water Heaters: This is a particularly clever idea which works great in cold climates. Instead of using a separate heating element in a hot water tank, the water actually flows through your furnace, which heats it up while you’re heating your house. It’s extremely energy efficient, because you’re accomplishing the two things at once, with the same amount of energy.
This is sort of a combination of the traditional storage water heater and the tankless coil design. It still uses the heating system of the house to generate the heat, but in this case, a heat-conducting fluid runs through a heat exchanger in the furnace, then flows through a coiled tube in the water storage tank, heating it up. It’s a good option for cold climates when the heater is running frequently.
Heat Pump Water Heaters: These are another energy-efficient model, but aren’t necessarily a good choice for the local climate. It’s basically a refrigerator that runs in reverse. Electricity is used to move hot air from the inside of the house into the water storage tank. Unfortunately, it’s a better option for warmer climates where the air conditioner is run frequently.
Solar Water Heaters: This is the ultimate option for conserving energy. A set of solar panels collects the sun’s energy, which heats the water flowing through the collector. The water then flows into a well-insulated storage tank, ready for use. You shouldn’t immediately write it off as inappropriate for use here in Boston, because even on a cold, cloudy day, the sun’s energy is still hitting the panels.
Once you decide to upgrade your water heater or install one as part of remodeling or building a new home, you have to decide how to get it installed. Unfortunately, water heater installation is a difficult job to do on your own. Besides the number of connections that have to be made in a relatively cramped space (electrical, gas, and water), a conventional water heater is a big chunk of metal that requires two or three people to move safely. Disposing of your old one is also a hassle.
If there’s ever a plumbing job that should be done by a professional, it’s the repair and installation of hot water heaters. Fortunately, we at Plumbers 911 can connect you with the best and most reliable plumbing firms in the Boston area.
Plumbers 911 is a nationwide referral network dedicated to matching consumers with locally-owned, independent plumbing contractors that have been serving the Boston area for years. Because choose only to work with union-friendly businesses, you know that our technicians are all highly trained professionals.
Our technicians are all fully licensed and insured and have completed at least 100,000 hours of training to earn their licenses. In addition, being members of their local union, they have access to refresher courses on the latest and best techniques and equipment. We also only hire people who pass a rigorous background check and agree to a recurring drug screening.
Of course, our expertise is not limited to just water heater repair. Here are some of the other services we offer:
24/7 Emergency Repair:If it breaks, we can fix it, day or night. Because our partners are all local businesses, we’ll get there faster than anyone else, limiting your inconvenience and risk of damage to your property.
Home Remodeling and New Construction: We don’t just repair: we also build. Our contractors have the equipment and experience to install every aspect of a new or rebuilt building, from installing sewer mains, showers, to (of course) water heating systems.
So if you need a new water heater, give us a call at Plumbers 911. We will do the job right the first time because your satisfaction is our first priority.