The typical lifespan of a water heater is 10-12 years. If yours needs to be replaced, the two most common options to consider are:
Storage Tank Water Heater
How it Works: Water is heated and stored until needed
Runs on: Natural gas or electric, although gas heaters typically use less energy (and cost about half to run) than their electric counterparts. You’ll pay more for the gas model up-front, but should save in the long run.
Best for: Busy households that use hot water for more than one thing at a time
Pros: Preheats and stores 30-50 gallons of water to be used as needed, lower upfront cost than tankless
Cons: Shorter life span than tankless water heater, higher utility costs because they heat and re-heat water at a set temperature, regardless of your usage needs.
Tankless Water Heater
How it Works: Heating coils heat water as it’s needed
Runs on: Natural gas or electric, although if you use electric, your home may require an upgrade
Best for: Homeowners who live alone, or only use hot water for one thing at a time (i.e. shower while you run the dishwasher and washing machine).
Installation: Installed most easily in homes that use natural gas. Electric installation may require an expensive upgrade to your home’s electrical capacity.
Pros: More energy-efficient than a storage tank, lifespan of 18-20 years
Cons: Up-front cost is double and provides less hot water per minute than a storage tank.
Before you purchase your new water heater, you’ll want to consider the following:
- Purchase Cost
- Operating Cost
Competency, skill, and a tradition of excellence make Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer the best choice for your plumbing or remodeling needs. All of our plumbers are licensed professionals with extensive industry knowledge.
Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer has replacing water heaters in St. Louis homes for more than 30 years. Contact us today at 314-645-6350 or here for more information or to request a bid.
We offer a one-year warranty on all parts and labor excluding washers