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Every Plano, TX home and business needs hot water, and in most homes 25 percent of the energy bill goes to pay for heating this water. Thus a water heater is an important investment for every home and business, yet for most homeowners and small business owners, choosing a water heater is a dauntless task. Options abound – electric or gas, large storage tank or tankless – and our Plano plumber staff will help you decide what type of water heater is best for a home or business begins with understanding the various available options.
Gas or Electric Water Heater
Gas and electric water heaters are very similar in construction. Each is made of strong materials, usually including a thick steel inner tank with a plastic internal lining, which prevents rust and metal bits from entering the water supply. Each has thick insulation around it, to keep the warmth of the water inside, increasing efficiency. Each connects to the water supply, with cold water entering and hot water leaving. An electric heater has two heating elements that are electrically heated, passing on their heat to the surrounding water. Gas heaters have a burner that sends heat up a center chimney, heating the surrounding water. The warmed water then sits within the tank, waiting to be called down the pipe.
The main difference between gas and electric is efficiency. An electric heater has an electric energy supply that either plugs into a dedicated line nearby, or are hard-wired straight into the circuit breaker. A gas heater has no electric line, rather, it has a gas line that enters the tank, either from a natural gas supply or an on-site propane tank. Usually, natural gas and propane heaters in Plano are more cost efficient to run, as gas is generally less expensive per kilowatt than electricity. However, if a building is set-up only for electric, it is probably best to stay with the electric models, as retrofitting to gas can be costly, and it would take many years to recoup that cost.
Sizing a Water Heater
Tank size is another important consideration. For large homes with numerous plumbing fixtures and multiple household members, a large tank is important to ensure an ample hot water supply throughout the home. However, a relatively new option available is the tankless water heater. These heaters do not have a tank, and do not maintain a stock pile of water. Instead, they have coils that heat the water very quickly, as the water is needed. In this way, hot water is available when requested, but when the hot water is no longer needed, the unit simply shuts down.
While these heaters tend to be more expensive, the fact that they do not waste energy keeping water that may not be needed for many hours warm, helps to make up the extra cost. These tankless water heaters can be used as whole house heaters, and also as a point of use heaters, in areas where hot water from the main tank takes a long time to reach.
As with most home appliances, the choice between gas and electric is one of energy efficiency and operating costs, and also one of current home set-up, simply depending upon whether the building is already set-up for natural gas, propane or electric. Deciding between tank and tankless water heater is a personal decision, based upon the needs of the people in the building and the money available for tank purchase. The tank purchaser should also take the time to read reviews on specific manufacturers and models, learning which are the most dependable, particularly when it comes to new energy efficient and tankless technology.
Keep in mind, we are a full service plumbing contractor and can install gas lines, repair sewer lines and detect leaks behind walls or under slabs. Call anytime for service for any plumbing need.