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Hot Water Tank Options

Allow Zona Plumbing’s Expert Plumbers Install Your New Water Heater

Before you notice the warning signs for a water heater replacement, learn about the various hot water tank options. After the replacement, you can enjoy the hot water again, and you’ll be happy you made the right choice. Let Zona Plumbing Inc. walk you through the many types of water heaters available in and around Irwin, PA. These include solar, tankless, point of use, heat pump, and conventional tank water heater. Regardless if you need an initial installation or replacement, trust the experts at Zona Plumbing for all your plumbing needs. 


Conventional Tank Water Heater

A conventional tank water heater holds a lot of water. The water heater keeps the water until you need it, and then releases it through the pipes. This makes hot water available more quickly. After the hot water empties, cold water fills the tank in order to heat and store for later use. Gas, electricity, or a combination are options to power a storage tank water heater. Tank water heaters are often one of the most expensive types of water heaters to operate regardless of heating source. 

These water heaters are less expensive to install and maintain than a tankless option. A standard tank water heater carries a significant danger that, in the event of a leak, your home might flood.


Heat Pump Water Heater

These heaters can save you tons on your electricity bill since their mode of heating doesn’t involve direct heat generation. Instead, these heaters capture heat from the air or ground, and transfer this heat to the water they’re heating. Therefore, the electricity only kicks in for heat transfer. This eliminates the heater’s requirement to totally rely on power, unlike conventional heaters.  A heat pump water heater consumes 60 percent less energy than a traditional water heater.

One of the cons of a heat pump water heater is the space needed. The room floor to ceiling needs to be eight feet tall to accommodate the heat pump on the water heater. Since it uses external heat, cold climates and even many basements aren’t good for a heat pump water heater. 


Solar Water Heater

If you live in a sunny location, one of the most energy saving options is a solar water heater. The average home could save nearly $400 over an electric or gas powered water heater. The downside of a solar water heater is its need for the sun. Even in the sunniest places, the sun doesn’t shine 24/7/365. Because of this, you need a back-up water heater for daily use. 


Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, can be gas or electric powered. The water flows via a coil system that warms it as required rather than using a storage tank. This allows you to install a tankless water heat in a smaller space than the average water tank. Also, since the water heats as it moves through the system there is always a constant stream of hot water. A downside to a tankless water heater is the upfront cost. A tankless water heater costs 2-3 times more than the amount of a tank system. Also, in a large or older home, you may need to install several units to accommodate the amount of water used.  


Point of Use Water Heater

A point of use water heater is a tiny water heater close to the fixture it services. These types of units are primarily for locations far away from the main water tank. Point of use water heaters can have a tank or be tankless. Hot tubs, house expansions, additional bathrooms, and other fixtures are a good fit for point of use water heaters. For anything that utilizes less than 20 gallons of hot water per day are ideal for POU water heaters.


If you experience any questions about what hot water tank will work for your home, contact Zona Plumbing, Inc.  You can also give us a call at (412) 754-1824 for emergency service, repairs, or replacement. Let our expert plumbers provide you with information on hot water tank options.