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Tank water heaters are the most popular solution for water heater needs. With a lifespan ranging from 6 to 12 years and offering the lowest cost solution, it’s easy to see why. Depending on your household hot water needs, a tank water heater could be right for you.
Tank water heaters offer an efficient, budget-friendly hot water solution.
Powered by natural gas, propane or electricity, tank water heater units heat and maintain water temperature at 120°F, the factory setting. Tank water heaters are offered in units that store between 20 and 80 gallons of water, but tanks in most homes have an average capacity of between 40 and 50 gallons.
This capacity is usually enough to meet the needs of a typical household, however during times when there’s a high demand for hot water over a short period of time, the tank may run out of hot water. In these instances––such as when family members take showers back-to-back in the mornings before work and school––someone may need to wait for the water heater to refill before more hot water is available.
Other factors to consider when purchasing and installing a tank water heater unit are heat loss and the potential for leaks.
Modern tank water heaters are better insulated than tank water heaters of the past, but they still heat water when not in use to compensate for standby heat loss. In other words, not using all of the water in the tank can mean increased energy costs compared to using a tankless water heating solution.
While tank water heaters are the lowest cost option for water heating solutions, one downside is that over time, all tank units will experience leaking, simply because of their design. Most often, this occurs nearing the end of the tank’s lifespan, but it is possible for tank water heaters to leak unexpectedly any time. This can be caused by rust and other problems; to avoid this type of problem and its resulting damage, DRF recommends installing a Smart Water Security System, which protects homes from water damage and leaks from a plumbing failure.
If you’re not sure if tank water heaters are right for your household needs, the experts at DRF are here to help; call today for more information.
When it comes time to replace a tank water heater, many people simply choose to install another tank water heater. However, for households whose needs have changed––if hot water runs out too often or if you’re planning to install a multi-head shower or deep soaking tub, for instance––a tankless water heater unit may be a better water heating solution.
To learn more about which option is best for your needs, contact DRF’s plumbing experts today. Our technicians are licensed, bonded and insured, and can offer same-day tank water heater repair, tank water heater replacement and more.