If your hot water tank, also known as a hot water heater, has gone down and needs to be replaced, you will find there are different types to replace it with. Below is information about two of these types and how the hot water tanks are installed so you can decide what you would like for your home.
Traditional Hot Water Tank
The traditional hot water tank has a large tank that is filled with water. When the hot water is turned on the water has to heat first and then the hot water is sent to the faucet. This may be the type you are replacing. If so, installing the new one should be very easy for you to do.
You do need to ensure you purchase the right size tank, which will depend on how much water you use regularly. For example, if you have two small children you will use much less water if you have yourself, your partner, and two grown children living with you.
If you are not sure, hire a plumber to install the new water heater for you. This will ensure it is installed properly. The plumber can also help you choose the size of the water heater if you are not sure. You will find this type of water heater is likely the more inexpensive one that you can purchase.
Tankless Hot Water Tank
A tankless hot water tank is also known as an on-demand water heater. This type of water heater does not have a tank so this can free up a lot of space in your home if your old water heater was large. You could hang the water heater on a wall if you prefer, or it can sit on a shelf or the floor.
Tankless hot water tanks work by using a gas burner or an electrical element to heat water as the water travels through the plumbing pipe. This means as soon as you turn on the hot water at a faucet the water is hot. You do not have to worry about waiting for the water to warm up. You also will not run out of hot water when taking a shower.
Hire a professional to install the tankless hot water tank for you. This involves rerouting plumbing pipes or running new electrical lines. Also, how you install it will depend on if you have an electric or gas tankless water heater. There may be code requirements you may not know about. The plumber will ask you where you want the tank, such as flush with a wall.
There are other types of hot water tanks available, such as heat pump water heaters and condensing water heaters.
Contact a local plumber to learn more about hot water tank installation.