21 Jul What to Do When Your Water Heater Stops Working
It used to be when your water heater went on the blink, you simply replaced the tank. Today, it’s not so simple – there are options! A traditional water heater, or tankless water heater? Once your water heater needs to be replaced, you need to make a quick decision.
Here is a brief rundown on how the water in your home is heated which will hopefully help you make the decision between a conventional storage tank and tankless water heater:
A conventional tank water heater stores water and is always “on,” ready to heat cold water once the hot water has been depleted. Depending on the size of your storage tank, it may hold between 30 and 80 gallons of water; the heater remains on around the clock, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Turn on any faucet designated for hot water in your home, and the hot water is delivered from the tank. Should you use all of the hot water doing laundry, taking showers, running the dishwasher, etc., you have to wait for the water that has replaced the depleted hot water to heat up.
A tankless water heater is precisely as described – hot water without the need of a storage tank. Essentially, the only time a tankless system is “on” is when you turn the hot faucet on. When you demand it, the tankless unit flash-heats the cold water as it flows through the unit, heating to the temperature you desire before being delivered to the open outlet. As soon as you turn off the hot water faucet, the burner turns off. Ultimately, you never run out of hot water, and enjoy reduced energy costs because a tankless water heater only heats when you turn the hot water on.
Which type you choose depends on your needs and budget, but it’s clear to see which is more convenient and economic! At Haley Mechanical, we highly recommend a tankless water heater to southeast Michigan homeowners when it’s time to replace.