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The Types of Water Heaters For Storing Energy

(Last Updated On: August 10, 2019)

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There are different types of water heaters for storing energy. They would help you to keep water warm during winter months and save energy without any worries.

But how do you know which one is the right one for you? If you’re looking for storing energy in water heaters, you would have to choose between heaters with water tanks and those without.

Heaters with water tanks

Durability: Depending on your usage, the life of water heaters with tanks can vary.

Normally, they are expected to last approximately a decade.

However, they can last considerably longer if given proper maintenance.

 At the same time, you may have to repair or replace it within 2 to 3 years if not properly taken care of or if the heater itself was of inferior quality.

Problems that can arise while using a water heater with a tank: You may face loss of hot water and in some instances, dangerously high temperatures of water. Reasons for this can be the following:

The thermostat suddenly stops functioning.

You may hear strange sounds coming from the water heater. The reason for this is accumulation of residue at the bottom of the tank.

 Hot and cold water can get mixed because of a busted dip tube.

Replacing your water heater with a tankless system

If your water heater is beyond repair, you want to replace it with a tankless system.

Things you need to consider while making the change: While you know best about your needs, it is suggested that you consider a contractor before buying a tankless heater. Keep the following things in mind:

Flow rate:

– While hot water tanks are mainly judged by the amount of hot water they can store, while buying a tankless system, you need to make sure that the flow rate is adequate enough to avoid extremely varying temperatures.

– If you’re not careful while ensuring this, you may have to face extreme water temperatures.

Heat source:

– Different options include gas, electricity as well as solar power.

– This decision will depend on the kind of climate you live in.

Other important decisions:

– The kind of insulation you require.

– If your heater will be connected to your central heating. This may help you save energy and money.

Advantages of a tankless heater

Why would you want to get a tankless heater? For one, it would cost you less and you would love to help you save more over long term use. Here is a look at some of the other benefits.

l More durable and more affordable:  A tankless water heater will last you for a much longer period. Some companies even offer lifetime warranties.

l Energy efficiency: Efficiency is calculated through the percentage of heat that is used, on the basis of an average of 64 gallons used per day.

– A tankless electric heater has an efficiency of .98.

– A new gas based system has an efficiency of .63 and an old one may have an even lower EF.

– However, costs of different fuels, impact on your bill as well as the environment has to be taken into account before deciding if a tankless heater is right for you.