Water Heater Replacement in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester County, NJ
Water heaters are among the most ignored components of a home’s basic systems – until they break. Since the typical lifespan of a water heater is 15 years, when replacing one, it is worth getting to know more about the different types of water heaters available to you.
Bullfrog Plumbing in South Jersey offers water heater replacement to residents of Cherry Hill, Marlton, Mount Laurel, Voorhees, and surrounding NJ areas. We will inform you about the different types of water heaters and advise you about which would be the best fit for your home.
Types of Water Heaters
When you need a water heater replacement, you may have a choice between different types of systems. One of the first things you need to know is that water heaters come in two basic forms: tanks and tankless. The differences between them will help you figure out what you require for your water heater replacement.
Conventional Tank Water Heaters
The most common water heaters are the cylindrical tanks that keep a supply of heated water in your home at all times. These tanks will run on natural gas, propane, electric (220 volts), and there are even models that are designed to run on solar or geothermal power.
Typical sizes range from 20 to 100 gallons. Compared to tankless heaters, conventional or storage water heaters have the advantage of using energy at a relatively slow rate, and then storing the heat for later use.
The disadvantage is that over time, the water inside the tank will cool down and waste the stored heat. Additionally, there is a significant delay before hot water is available again once the supply has been exhausted. Larger tanks will tend to provide hot water with less temperature fluctuation at moderate flow rates.
A tankless water heater, or an instant water heater, only provides hot water as needed and saves energy. These high-power heaters heat water as it flows through the system, and do not retain any water internally except for what’s in the heat exchanger coil.
They are designed to run on natural gas or propane and heat water directly without the use of a tank. The absence of a tank saves energy because it is unlike conventional water heaters that have to reheat the water in the tank as it cools off.
At Bullfrog Plumbing, we offer our own brand of tankless water heater, goHot ™, that delivers an endless supply of hot water through a small piece of equipment.
Solar Water Heaters
Increasingly, solar powered water heaters are being used in areas with ample sunlight. Solar collectors are installed outside the home, on the roof, or nearby in a sunny location. Nearly all models consist of flat panels that circulate water.
Other types may use mirrors to concentrate sunlight on a collector tube filled with water, brine, or another type of heat transfer fluid. These models are indirect or closed-loop systems that do not allow potable water through the panels, but rather pump a heat transfer fluid (either water or a water/antifreeze mix) through the panels. After collecting heat in the panels, the heat transfer fluid flows through a heat exchanger, transferring its heat to the potable hot water.
Replacement in Voorhees, NJ
Now that you know the differences between the types of water heaters, you can go into your replacement with all the necessary information. While needing a water heater replacement can be a struggle, it gives you an opportunity to get a new and improved system that will last you for years.
When you find yourself needing water heater replacement in Cherry Hill, Marlton, Mount Laurel, and Voorhees, NJ, call the professionals at Bullfrog Plumbing for efficient and affordable service. We will successfully install your new system and answer any questions you may have. Call today to get started!