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Common Water Heater Questions Homeowners Face

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Here are some of the top quetions homeowners in and around Chino, CA, have about water heaters and our advice about the concerns about their water heaters.

What Size Water Heater Do I Need for My Home?

To determine the right size water heater for your home you’ll want to consider a few factors such as the number of people in your household, the peak hot water usage times, and your household’s hot water habits.

Calculate Peak Hour Demand

Water Heater Sizing

Now that you have your peak hour demand, you’ll want to choose a water heater that can handle this amount of hot water. Water heaters are typically sized by their storage capacity in gallons.

Consider Other Factors for Tankless Water Heaters:

Local Climate Considerations

Chino, CA, has a relatively mild climate so we will use the following recommendations:

What Are The Advantages of Standard Tank Water Heaters?

One of the main benefits of a storage-tank water heater installation is its reserved supply of hot water. Although neither gas nor electric water heaters heat water during a power outage, storage tank units are able to release previously heated water, even if there has been an interruption in electrical service.

Storage tank water heaters are appliances with large tanks used to store water. Cold water enters through the bottom of the tank and is heated. Once the water reaches a desired temperature, it is released through the hot water tap; the remaining warmed water is held inside the storage tank. Storage tanks are outfitted with insulative coatings and walls to help stored water retain its temperature.

Should I Choose an Electric or Gas Powered Water Heater?

Most homeowners choose an electric or gas water heater based on their home’s current power source. If you don’t have a gas line installation, you might opt for an electric water heater. While the initial investment is higher for a gas water heater, you’ll likely end up saving, since natural gas costs less than electricity.

How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

Whereas storage tank water heaters once monopolized the plumbing industry, tankless units are rapidly gaining popularity. Tankless water heaters function to provide hot water to homes and businesses. These units are long-lasting, space-saving, energy-efficient, and provide an endless supply of warmed water. Unlike storage tank units which hold hot water in their tank, tankless models heat water on demand. These devices are activated whenever a hot water tap is turned on in the house.

A flow sensing device activates either the gas burner or electric element in a tankless system and water starts heating up. Once the hot water tap is turned off, the burner or element turns off as well. Because tankless units don’t have to waste energy keeping their stored water warm, tankless units are considered more energy efficient. Tankless units also require less maintenance than storage tank units.

What Are The Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater?

Many home and property owners are choosing to install tankless water heaters in their homes and businesses. Benefits of tankless units include:

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