Water Heaters – A Reference Guide

Fletcher’s Plumbing & Contracting created this reference guide of the different types of water heaters and what to know about each.

Fletcher’s Plumbing & Contracting, Inc. installs, replaces, and repairs all brands and makes of residential and commercial water heaters. We hold a certificate of completion from A.O. Smith and State water heaters for successful completion of their service training school in Ashland, Tennessee. When you need to replace your water heater, we understand that looking at the options and weighing pros and cons is important. That’s why we’ve put together this reference guide of the different types of water heaters and what to know about each; so you can make the best decision for your home or building.

Water Heaters – A Reference Guide

Use this reference guide of the different types of water heaters and the pros and cons of each to help make the best decision for your specific needs:

 

TYPE OF WATER HEATER PROS CONS
Traditional
  • Stores hot water that’s ready to be used in your home at any time. The tank refills as the water is used.
  • Installation is fairly simple and inexpensive.
  • Uses gas or electricity to keep the water constantly at a particular temperature, which is reflected in your monthly bill.
  • Must be placed inside and require a fairly decent amount of space.
  • Need to be replaced every 10-15 years.
  • Can run out of hot water.
Tankless
  • Small units that can be placed inside or outside against a wall.
  • Provides 2-3 gallons of hot water per minute, as needed.
  • Energy efficient
  • Lasts 20 or more years.
  • Initial installation is pricey and requires some retrofitting.
  • Can run out of water during high demand periods.
Hybrid
  • Energy efficient.
  • Provides cooling around the space it’s in, which is great for summer and warm weather (this can double as a “con”, depending on climate and time of year).
  • Requires a large upfront investment.
  • Less efficient in cold climates during winter.
  • Refilling can be slow which means longer wait times between hot water usage.
  • Requires fans and compressors that can be considered noisy.
Solar
  • Low operating cost
  • Can last up to 30 years.
  • Large storage capacity
  • Provides hot water during a power outage
  • Requires an upfront investment for equipment
  • Tank is large, requiring a fairly decent amount of space
  • Tank produces heat, which will heat the space around it (this can double as a “pro” depending on the climate and time of year).
  • Requires more equipment than other types of water heaters, which means more maintenance.

 

No matter which type of water heater you feel is best for your home or building, Fletcher’s Plumbing & Contracting is ready, certified and able to make repairs, provide maintenance or install the unit for you.

Your water heater works hard and is a vital piece of equipment that keeps many everyday tasks running smoothly. Make sure it’s in good condition by having annual maintenance performed. This can prolong the life of your water heater and save you money by helping it run more efficiently.

Call Fletcher’s Plumbing & Contracting, Inc to schedule your maintenance, repairs or installation

(530) 673-2489

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