Storage tanks are the most common type of water heater. As the name suggests, these consist of an insulated tank in which water is heated and stored until needed, then emerges from a pipe on top of the water heater.
Most water heaters are sold on the basis of how many gallons they hold. A family of three or four, for instance, might take several showers, run the dishwasher, and wash a load or two of laundry in an average day, totaling 100 gallons of hot water or more. But that doesn’t mean they need a 100 gallon storage tank. Because your water heater is constantly heating the water. For example; a 40 gallon storage-tank water heater may be just fine for a family of 3 or 4, because the water heater is heating the water in the tank as it is used. A rating system (that is posted clearly on the side of your water heater) will tell you the first-hour rating (FHR) for storage-tank water heaters. The FHR rating gives you the amount of hot water the heater can produce in an hour so that you can calculate the recovery time.
The tank water heaters are what are in most homes now and they continue to be reliable and with new innovations and new insulation materials they are even more dependable and cost efficient.
Natural gas water heaters typically use less energy and cost less to run (by about half) than electric water heaters, although you should note that gas models cost more at the time of purchase. Because of increased insulation and other efficiency improvements, some newer models may be wider and/or taller than the water heater that you are replacing. It is best to call 3 Kings Plumbing as soon as you have made the decision to buy, and we will come to your home to measure available space and what is best for your needs.
An on-demand water heater (tankless) doesn't "hold" any water (unless it has an auxiliary tank). Rather than storing water, with tankless water heaters you get continuous hot water through heating coils to heat the water as you need it. Tankless models have a rating of how much hot water it can produce in a given period, known as the GPM (for Gallons Per minute). This is a rating system that shows how many gallons of water are heated every minute. On demand means it never stops producing hot water. These models are best for homes that use natural gas to heat the water. It is widely known that the tankless models of water heaters are more energy efficient.
Depending on how much hot water you use and how you're heating the water (gas, oil, electricity), there are several choices. Some types claim to cut energy costs by up to half that of regular storage models. That is something that you must decide for yourselves depending on your budget and lifestyle. The gallons-per-minute rating (GPM) for tankless water heaters is what tells you how much hot water the heater can deliver. The professional with 3 Kings Plumbing will install your water heater and help you determine what size you need.
Coverage for most water heaters typically runs 3 to 15 years. In some cases our customers can still purchase an Extended Warranty for piece of mind.
A water softener installed by 3 Kings Plumbing has a myriad of advantages. With soft water all of your silverware and glassware will be cleaner and shinier, your hair will feel softer, cleaner and smoother, it will enhance the rich lathering of your soaps and shampoos, (thereby reducing usage), it preserves the life of all water using appliances, and your clothes and fabrics and last longer without those hard minerals that become trapped within the fabric.
These are situated near the base of the water heater and when connecting a garden hose to them they are used to drain the water heater. Look for brass drain valves, which are more durable than plastic.