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Tips For Buying A Water Heater

clock February 12, 2014 10:22 by author Chris Vigna

Water heaters are essential for living a comfortable life. After having one installed in your home for several years, it may be time to upgrade and find a new one. There are plenty of water heaters to choose from but we will help you select the best models for your home.

Now a ‘days, it is not only about choosing the water heater that can provide the most hot water for your home but, about choosing a water heater, which is energy efficient and will help you save money.  This will involve looking at different water heater models and determining which will be the best fit for your home. 

Types Of Water Heater For Your Home


  • ·         Conventional Storage Water Heaters – These are very common and they help by having a water tank with hot water throughout the day. 
  • ·         Tank-less Water Heater – These types of water heaters will provide hot water on demand and do not have a water tank for storage. 
  • ·         Heat Pump Water Heaters – These types of water heaters allow you to transfer heated water from one place to another instead of heating all of your home’s water. 
  • ·         Solar Water Heaters – These types of water heaters use the energy from the sun to heat up the water in your home, which means you will not spend a lot on energy bills every month. 
  • ·         Indirect and Tank-less Coil Water Heaters – These types of water heaters make use of your home’s space heating system to heat your home’s water.  


Other Criteria To Consider:

You should also consider fuel type, cost, availability, size and energy efficiency of the water heaters that you are thinking of buying for your home, as this will help you to get the best model and get the hot water that you need.

Reducing your hot water use is also one of the things that you need to consider, so you can choose the best water heater for your home and not exceed your energy bill budget.  Exploring other water heating strategies, such as drain-water heat recovery, will also help you to choose the best water heating system for your home.       

We are sure that these tips will help you to find the best water heater model for your home and if you have any more doubts, feel free to read through some of our previous blog posts or contact us to find more.     

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Conventional Storage Water Heaters

clock April 28, 2012 18:51 by author Chris Vigna

The most widely used water heater today is the conventional storage water heater. These are most often found in businesses and homes according to the guys at All About The Pipes Plumbing Inc. These tanks can store and heat from 6 to 100 gallons of water.

The technology is quite simple. Cold water enters the heater from the top of the tank directly from a home's cold water supply and a dip tube directs this cold water to the bottom of the tank. The hot water exits the tank from the top when a hot water faucet is activated.

The water is released by the pressure in the external water line. The burners that heat the water are at the bottom of the tank and are responsible for heating the cold water entering the tank. Since heat rises, the hot water at the top of the tank is the first water to leave the water storage tank when a hot water faucet is turned on. This allows the colder water at the bottom to reach hotter temperatures before entering a hot water faucet. Tanks that recover quicker usually have larger or additional burners installed and thicker layers of fiberglass insulation.

The water is heated by either gas burners or electric elements at the top and bottom of the tank. The walls of the storage tank are insulated with fiberglass or foam insulation to prevent heat loss. Storage tank heaters can last 10 years or more. Impurities in the water will cause corrosion over time, which may lead to failure or leakage, so maybe you would want to consider a whole house water filtration system. Tanks should be drained annually or more frequently if the water supply is heavy in minerals. All About the Pipes Plumbing Inc. can assist you in the maintenance of your water heater.

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