The Plumbing Doc is in the Shafter, California area and we are experienced in recommending and installing the best choice of hot water heater for your household or business. We are aware of your local yearly weather conditions that might affect choosing the most efficient hot water heater type and model.
The Water Heater Installation Options With The Plumbing Doc
The most common types of water heaters available to choose from are:
- Conventional Storage Water Heaters
These water heaters hold and keep water heated constantly. Conventional storage water heaters come in multiple sizes to accommodate hot water usage of both large and small families. Common unit sizes store from 20 to 80 gallons of heated water at a time. They are often stored in a garage or an outdoor access closet. Temperatures in Shafter, Ca can drop to the low 30’s in the winter and sometimes reach the teens. We recommend water heater models that are heavily insulated and have a thermal resistance value (R-Value) of R-12 to R-25. In addition, thermal insulation padding can be wrapped around heaters that are in outdoor access closets or cold garages.
- On-Demand Water Heaters
These water heaters provide hot water only as needed. These units are usually placed on a wall in proximity to the hot water usage. On average, on demand water heaters provide hot water at a rate of 2–5 gallons per minute. Gas-fired versions produce higher flow rates. Many households consider purchasing more that one on-demand water heater. One can be dedicated solely to a dishwasher or other hot water using appliance. This allows multiple hot water usages to occur at the same time within the household. Homes that use 41 gallons or less per day of hot water can see a 24%-34% increase in energy savings when compared to conventional storage water heaters. The initial cost of purchasing and installing an on-demand hot water heater is greater than that of a conventional storage water heater, however they will last longer and have lower replacement part costs and lower operating costs.
- Solar Water Heating Systems
Solar water systems use the sun to heat the water. The apparatus involved includes solar collectors commonly installed on rooftops and ground level water holding storage tanks. Solar water heating systems almost always require a backup water heating system for cloudy days. In Shafter, Ca that can be as many as 93 days a year. Thoughtful weighing of energy savings versus installation costs for both the solar and the back up system must be considered.
Why You Should Choose The Plumbing Doc For All Of Your Water Needs In Shafter, California
Water heater models currently on the market have many advantages over an older model that requires replacing, including:
- Parts Guarantee
Newer models are guaranteed for an average of 6 years.
- Sacrificial Anode
Most new storage water heater models come with an anode rod inside the heater. The anode rod is also called the sacrificial anode because it protects the water heater from corrosive deterioration by reacting with the naturally occurring minerals in the water. Instead of having to replace a corroded water heater, an anode rod can simply be replaced instead.
- Energy Star Rated
The majority of new water heaters come with a high energy star rating. This rating is determined from standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and certifies that the water heater meets strict energy performance standards thereby saving the building owner money.
Call The Plumbing Doc To Learn More About Our Water Installation Options
Water heater installation can be a relatively easy process for experienced professionals. We are happy to visit you for a consultation, review your usage and needs and recommend your best hot water heater options. Once you decide on the type you prefer, we can quickly and expertly install your new unit. Contact us now for an appointment.