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Exploring Your Water Heater Options

Pipes of a water heaterYour home is already equipped with a water heater, but is it in good shape? If it’s a couple decades old, and/or you haven’t had maintenance done and repair needs keep piling up, then it’s likely time to consider a water heater replacement. Are you aware of all your options?

If not, we urge you to give a professional Chapel Hill, NC plumber a call—our team is standing by! In the meantime, we’d like to go over two of the most frequently talked about options in water heater systems, the storage tank system, and the tankless water heater.

Storage Tank Water Heaters

These are still the most popular types of water heaters on the market today. You can get a gas-powered system or if you do not have access to natural gas you can choose to go the electrical route. Some folks choose electrical for safety, too, although gas water heaters are built safer now than ever before.

Tank systems are on the more affordable side to purchase, especially when compared to tankless water heaters. So does this make tank water heaters better? Well, it really depends on your specific needs.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are more expensive upfront, we won’t deny that. However, they’re almost always more efficient than the average tank water heater. This is because tank water heaters, no matter how well they are insulated and how well you take care of them, suffer from what’s called standby energy loss. This is when heat from the water within the tank transfers through the tank and out into the cooler air surrounding it.

Therefore, over the years, tankless water heaters are more affordable since they run much more efficiently. Of course, this can only be the case so long as it is professionally installed, routinely maintained, and followed up with timely repairs as needed.

Have You Considered a Direct Vent Water Heater?

A combustion water heater pulls air near the bottom of the system into itself to help fuel the burner assembly. In order to exhaust, the gases rise through the system, up through a draft hood and all the way through a pipe to the roof, where they vent out into the atmosphere.

Unfortunately, this creates a risk for backdrafting as well as negative air pressure—both of which cause unhealthy indoor air quality problems. While these problems are rare, more and more homeowners are interested in eliminating this risk altogether with the installation of a direct vent water heater.

Though the installation of a direct vent water heater will require a bit of extra construction work to fit into your home, it gets all of its air for combustion from outside the building, using a dedicated vent pipe. This creates a safer and more energy efficient water heater system. Call us today to learn more about these innovative systems!

At One Call Plumbing, we pride ourselves on “Blending Technology with Traditional Values.”

Contact us today for whatever your water heater or plumbing needs may be!

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