Terry D. Parker
Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, 929 East 41st, Austin, TX 78751 (512)456-2145
Tank water heaters provide a large volume of dependable, low-cost hot water. Fuel sources can be propane, natural gas or electricity. They are the most common way to heat water in the U.S.
Residential tank water heaters typically store between 20 and 80 gallons of hot water throughout the day, usually at the factory setting of 120°F. The temperature can be adjusted up or down by a control on the unit. Tank water heaters are typically located in the garage, basement or attic.
Upgrading a standard 5′ x 9′ bathroom to a master suite or an in-home spa may require upgrading to a larger gallon capacity unit, especially if the new bathroom will include a deep soaking tub with a multi-head shower system. Replacing a tank water heater with another tank water heater is fast and keeps labor costs to a minimum.
Importantly, 75% of all water heaters have failed at 10 years of age. Especially if your water heater is located in your attic, this is a risk that you need to manage by having Parker Plumbing out to inspect it.
If your water heater is more than 7 years old, it may need to be replaced.
Tankless Water Heaters
Imagine never running out of hot water again. Whether you have a large family or several house guests in for the weekend, a tankless water heater will give you all the hot water you need, and then some. You can wash clothes, bathe the kids, and still have endless hot water for a shower.
With a tankless hot water heater, you’ll enjoy these benefits:
· Savings - up to 70% on your water heating
· Energy efficiency - only heats water when needed
· Multi-tasking - run multiple appliances at the same time
· Consistency - easily controllable water temperature
· Peace of mind
· Security - you’ll never face the serious flood as a result of catastrophic water heater failure
· Space savings - a traditional water heater uses 12 to 16 square feet of space
· Long lasting - tankless water heaters have a 20 year life expectancy.
For more on tankless water heaters visit: energy.gov