Water heater replacement and installations come in a variety of different options. From size, power source, styles, features, manufactures and so forth, it’s easy to get lost in trying to figure this out on your own. However, understanding the two basic differences can help you determine the type of application you wish to use based on features and your budget. And best of all, having the knowledgeable and experienced professionals at Bosque Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing assisting you through this process makes this a much easier decision to understand and make.
Traditional hot water heaters are more commonly found in many homes today. They are often referred to as a hot water “tank” because they use an integrated storage tank where your water is stored. Even though traditional water heaters come in various sizes, the more prevalently used tanks generally hold up to 40 gallons of water at a time.
Traditional water heaters also use one of two power sources: gas/propane or electricity. Electric water heaters are approximately 30-50% more efficient than natural gas or propane units. However, natural gas or propane water heaters usually perform better than electric water heaters in terms of their heating rate, meaning gas or propane heaters generally heat the water temperature faster. The life spans for both types typically range between 12-15 years.