Types of Water Heaters

When the time comes to replace your old water heater, you'll want to choose an energy-efficient water heater unit that will provide enough water for your household.

While water heater repair or water heater replacement is best left to the professional plumbers, one job you can and should do yourself is choosing the right water heater to meet the needs of your home and family.

There are many different types of water heaters on the market and here is a list of them:

Conventional Water Heaters

Grey conventional water heater

Conventional water heaters, also called storage tank water heaters, are the most common type, they consist of an insulated tank in which water is heated and stored until needed. Natural gas water heaters typically use less energy and cost less to operate than electric water heaters, but can be more expensive and difficult to install.

Conventional water heaters require regular maintenance to operate efficiently and effectively over the years. The life expectancy of a storage-tank water

The heater is 10-12 years, depending on care and maintenance.

Tankless Water HeaterTwo silver tankless water heater

Tankless water heaters use intense flashes of heat against water-filled coils to heat

Water on demand. Tankless water heater plumbing systems are more energy-efficient than conventional storage tank models but tend to have higher up-front costs.

Like storage tank water heaters, tankless water heaters need to be descaled of minerals at least once a year to keep them functioning reliably.

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Heat pump water heater

Heat pump water heaters also called hybrid electric water heaters, capture the heat from the air or ground and transfer it to the water. They cost more upfront than standard electric models, but use about 60% less energy, meaning homeowners tend to see a return on their investment in the form of lower energy bills.

Solar Water Heaters

Solar water heater

Solar water heaters work using roof-mounted solar panels that absorb the sun's heat

And transfer it to an antifreeze-like fluid in a closed-loop system that runs to the water tank and heats the water. The best solar water heaters deliver stellar savings in summer, making them attractive for warm, sunny regions.

Condensing Water Heater

Condensing water heater

Condensing water heaters have a tank like a conventional storage-tank water heater, but they capture hot exhaust gases that would normally be expelled from home out the flue. These gases are blown through a coil in the base of the water heater, where incoming cold water can absorb the heat. Condensing water heaters are highly efficient type of water heater for homes that heat with gas and require a capacity of more than 55 gallons.