There are water heaters everywhere, probably close to a million in Houston alone, doing their job silently and efficiently, providing varying levels of hot water to everything from showers to dishwashers, to clothes washers and bathtubs. When your water heater needs repair, you’ll know it quickly. Because of the many kinds of heaters out there, you need to know which kind you have to properly diagnose and repair the problem. So what are the differences in water heaters?
Storage water heaters are most common and traditional type that use a large tank (usually 20-100 gallons) to hold the heated water until it is used. These may use electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, solar energy, or other energy sources.
Tankless heaters, also called instantaneous, continuous flow, inline, flash, on-demand, or instant-on water heaters are gaining popularity all over the US, and also in Houston. They instantly heat water as it flows through the device, and do not retain any water internally except for what is in the heat exchanger coil.
There are also electric shower heads that instantly heat the water as it flows through the device. A flow switch turns on the device when water flows through it. Once the water is stopped, it turns off automatically.
Solar water heaters are also gaining popularity. The solar collectors are installed outside and the potable hot water storage tank is typically a pre-existing or new conventional water heater, or a water heater specifically designed for solar thermal.
These are only a few of the many kinds of reliable water heaters out there. So how do you know if something has gone awry, and you need to do some repairs? Check out this list and call us if you need your water heater repaired in Houston.
Have you experienced:
- No hot water
- Inadequate hot water
- Rust colored water
- Rotten egg odor
- Higher pitched whining
- Water leaking around the base of heater
- Low rumbling or popping noise