If your current water heater is on its last leg and you are considering a replacement, there are two major systems to choose from – conventional water heaters and tankless water heater systems. Both systems have advantages and disadvantages, but in our opinion one is far superior to the other.
We suggest that you seriously consider a tankless water heating system. These systems are far more energy efficient than storage style systems, last about twice as long on average and are cheaper and easier to repair. The initial cost may be significantly higher than a storage tank but will pay itself off in energy savings and replacement costs relatively quickly. Our Monterey Park CA plumbing service installs Rinnai and Takagi tankless systems every week. We recommend gas powered versions as the electric models can have issues processing hard water and often need internal heating element replacements during their lifetime. The electric versions also produce only half as much hot water per minute as the gas versions.
While we suggest tankless systems, that doesn't mean we don't install storage type systems as well. If you do choose to go with a storage system from Bradford White or State Water Heaters we do suggest that you also purchase an insulation sleeve and an under unit heat reflector to help reduce water heating costs.
In any case, our Monterey Park plumbing service will come in and talk with you about your options and help you decide on the best course of action for your particular situation. Our goal is to get you the best long term solution for your plumbing needs and deliver it in a cost effective manner. Call our staff today and schedule a water heater replacement today!