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Which Water Heater is Best For You

How to Pick a Water Heater for Your Home

One thing that sets Dial One Johnson Plumbing Cooling & Heating apart from the competition is the variety of water heaters that we offer. If you’re in the market for a new heater, here’s a breakdown of the different styles you can choose from:

Conventional Water Heaters

The most common water heater option, conventional water heaters feature a storage tank which keeps water hot and ready to be sent anywhere in your home. In general, these units are one of the most affordable options for most homes.

The heater will warm water to the temperature indicated on your thermostat, and keep it ready for use. For homes that use a lot of water between running a dishwasher, shower, and washing machine at the same time — a conventional unit may be your best bet. However, these units do take a lot of water to fill their tanks, so some higher water and energy bills are to be expected.

Solar Water Heaters

If you desire to go the more “green” route in your home, solar domestic hot water systems can be a cost-effective and environmentally conscious way to generate hot water for your home. One of the main benefits of these units is that they can be used in any climate, and they do not require additional fuel to operate — beyond sunlight.

Solar water heaters use storage tanks and solar collectors to transmit energy into your water heater. However, these systems almost always need a backup system in the event of cloudy days or times of increased demand for hot water. This means that in addition to a solar unit, you may often have a conventional water heater as well.

Tankless Water Heaters

The main benefit of a tankless water heater is that in contrast to a traditional unit, these systems do not store hot water waiting to be used — but instead heat water when it is in demand. Tankless water heaters are smaller and help prevent residents from running out of hot water and allow them to conserve money in the long term. With a tankless unit, you will find your gas or electric bills also reduced.

These units tend to last longer than conventional hot water tanks, and in some cases operate for up to 20 or 25 years rather than 8 to 10 years. This longer anticipated lifespan may offset the drawback of the significantly higher product cost, but these units may not be cost-effective for every household.

Heat Pumps

Also referred to as a ‘hybrid heater’, this type of heater is a combination between a tankless water heater and a conventional water heater. This form of water heater works by moving the hot air directly to the water tank whenever necessary, as opposed to instantly heating the water when the system is being used.

Some of the benefits of heat pumps include:

  • Being able to control how water is used via an efficiency/economy setting.
  • Water leak detection and other alerts.
  • A timer that gives you the ability to keep the unit on standby mode when you're away from home and not using hot water.
  • Smart technology — the ability to control the heater with your mobile phone.

The initial costs associated with a hybrid heater can be high. These types of water heaters are much more efficient than their counterparts however — you can expect to save a significant amount of money in the long run. You should expect to see annual savings in energy costs of anywhere from $150-$500 depending on how much water you use in your home.

Water Heater Repair and Installation in Dallas

At Dial One Johnson Plumbing Cooling & Heating, we love being able to give our customers options. This is why we feature plumbing installation services that are friendly, reliable, and backed by years of experience installing water heaters of all kinds. Our team is experienced in both the upkeep and installation of new units. Repair services are also available at fair rates and with fast response times.

Learn more about our water heater experts in Cedar Hill today by calling us at (972) 362-9797.