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Hydro-Flo is your local plumbing and heating expert in Edmonton. With a team of experts and many years of experience, we can handle all your plumbing needs, including hot water tank installation. This piece of equipment plays an essential role in your home, providing hot water for showers, cooking, laundry, and more. That’s why you want to be sure you choose the right tank for your needs and ensure it is installed correctly. Our team is here to complete the installation process for you and answer any questions about the type of tank that will work best in your home. Please reach out to us today for additional information or to schedule service.
What Is a Hot Water Tank?
A hot water tank is a piece of equipment used to heat and store hot water until you need it. Also known as hot water heaters, most of these devices use either electricity or gas to heat the water and then keep it warm in a tank until you turn on a hot water tap. It then releases the hot water to your faucet. In addition, some models are tankless and instead heat the water only on an as-needed basis. This means when you turn on your hot water tap, the tankless heater instantly begins to heat the water and supply it through the fixture. Regardless of which type of water heater you have, they perform the vital function of keeping your home supplied with hot water.
Understanding the Different Types of Hot Water Heaters
When it’s time to install a new water heater at your home, you’ll be presented with countless options, which is why it’s important to understand all the options and how they differ. Having a complete understanding of the different types of hot water heaters available will make it easier for you to choose the best option for your home and your family’s needs. There are three main types of hot water heaters:
A conventional water heater continuously heats and stores water in a tank to have it ready for use whenever you need it. These tanks come in many different sizes. However, the most common range for average households is 40 to 50 gallons. While conventional water heaters are not the most efficient option, their efficiency has greatly improved in recent years, helping homeowners save energy. Perhaps the largest downfall of conventional water heaters is they are somewhat slow at recovering and making more hot water once all the water in the tank has been used. This can create what some people refer to as the "cold water sandwich," where there is no hot water for some time as the tank works to heat more water. For this reason, a conventional water heater isn't always the best option for homes with high levels of hot water use.
Tankless water heaters are the exact opposite of conventional. Rather than heating water and storing it in a tank until needed, a tankless option senses when a hot water tap is turned on and begins to instantly heat the water. This means they create hot water only on an as-needed basis. Due to this, they are considered much more energy efficient because they only operate when needed. In addition, tankless water heaters never run out of hot water as their conventional counterparts do. You can enjoy endless amounts of hot water without having to wait for the tank to refill. This makes them great for homes with families or several occupants.
A combination boiler and storage tank can supply heat for warming your home as well as hot water storage. This means it essentially provides two functions in one piece of equipment. It creates heat to warm your area and provides hot water when you need it. These are ideal for large homes, businesses, restaurants, or multi-family buildings.
Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home
Because your water heater provides such an essential function for your home, it’s essential that you choose the right option to meet the needs of your home and family. To make this process easier, there are some important things to consider. The first is your budget. Conventional water heaters cost less to install than tankless. However, tankless options often last longer. The second thing to consider is your hot water needs. Conventional tank heaters only hold so much water. The larger the tank, the more hot water you’ll have available for use at any one time. If you use a lot of hot water at your home, you’ll either want a large tank option or a tankless option that provides limitless hot water whenever you need it.
Common Mistakes During DIY Water Heater Installation
As a homeowner, you may be tempted to cut costs by installing a new water heater yourself. However, DIY is usually not the best option when it comes to this job. Without the proper knowledge, you can make a mistake that could cause problems at your home. One of the most common mistakes is improper soldering of the pipes. Soldering requires special knowledge and is used to connect the new tank to the water source. Improper soldering could lead to leaks and other problems. Another issue when installing a water heater yourself is safety. You don’t have the same knowledge and experience as a professional, which could put you and your new equipment at risk because you aren’t following proper safety protocols.
Why Choose Us?
Hydro-Flo is the tam to choose for all your plumbing and heating needs in Edmonton, including the installation of hot water tanks. We have a team of professionals with years of experience in the field, ensuring your installation is completed safely and successfully. If you need a new water heater at your home, please contact us today.