An important factor to consider when evaluating a repair or replacement of your water heater is not just the heater you have today, but what needs you have in the future.
There are four major types of water heaters, each designed for specific spaces within a home or business:
If you’re uncertain which type of water heater you have or might need, or if you would like assistance diagnosing your water heater problem over the phone, give us a call or click "get a quote" for a fast response.
If there is no vent on the top of your water heater’s tank, you likely have an electric water heater. Electric water heaters use a heating element at the base of the tank and since there is no combustible gas, there is no need for exhaust. Electric water heaters most often fail when the heating element needs to be replaced. In those cases, a service call may be all you need. If you’ve had the unit for a while, however, the tanks can develop scale build-up, which may require a complete replacement.
These water heaters are the most common residential gas water heaters, and, as the name suggests, the hot exhaust is vented either vertically or sloped upwards. Most commonly, these systems will provide inadequate or no hot water when there is a faulty control valve, thermostat, or heating element, or if there is a buildup of contaminants or sediment. Often, homeowners find that their water heater is no longer adequate to meet their demands and need to look at higher capacity systems.
Power vent water heaters, like atmospheric water heaters, also rely on gas to heat the water, but these use venting that requires an additional airflow mechanism to assist in blowing the hot air through the vent. The powered venting system can run horizontally for a long direction and doesn’t require air from indoors for combustion. As a result, these are typically used when the space to install a water heater is far from the home’s venting system, from a wall, and when there is improper air for combustion. Similar problems as with atmospheric water heaters can arise with power vent heaters.
Tankless water heaters can be electric or gas-operated, and they are simply water heaters that do not require a tank. When the tap is turned on, the water is heated as it passes through the heater.
Because tankless water heaters have a longer lifespan than traditional tank heaters, many of our clients choose to upgrade when they are ready to replace. Additionally, they save money in the long run because they are highly energy-efficient, and they never run out of hot water. If you’re interested in learning more about tankless water heaters, give us a call.