What To Consider

When Purchasing or Replacing a Gas / Electric Water Heater

Hot water is a non-negotiable in the modern home, but few of us put much thought into the system itself. A variety of other considerations revolve around the decisions we make about how we get that hot shower we enjoy every morning. Efficiency, cost, product maintenance, durability, and ease-of-use all factor into your decision about which kind of heater is right for your home. There is a ton of information on the internet —some good, some bad. Many product lines promote that content to boost their sales. But I’ll explain a few things here, and I am always available to answer additional questions.

Below, you’ll find the advantages and realities of both kinds of water heaters. Whichever system you prefer, I can make sure that it is installed the right way and guarantee that you won’t have to think about your water heating system for many years to come. Daniel’s Plumbing makes the process as painless as possible. We are quiet, efficient, and will discard the old unit for you.

A note about Austin, Texas: you may have noticed that we have hard water and this means that mineral deposits will accumulate in your system: there’s no way around this as we draw water from the Edwards Aquifer. All systems require regular maintenance to remove the scale/build-up and prevent system failure. The mineral deposits make the element and burners work harder which decreases efficiency and shortens the lifespan of the unit — no matter the system in question. But wait! Life in Austin, Texas has an upside as well — our city offers a few GREAT rebates for switching to energy efficient units.

Tank Hot Water Heaters:

Your house likely has this kind of unit in the garage, a closet, or the attic; they come in electric or gas models. I install tank heaters with the standard 6 year warranty. Eight year and 12-year warranties are also available — just ask.The average lifespan of an electric tank water heaters, according to the industry’s calculations, is 8 years. The average natural gas tank heater boasts a 12-year lifespan. The difficulty with standard tank heaters is that you can run out of hot water depending on your use and capacity of the unit. If you’re the last person to shower in a household full of guests or children, well, you know that can be an unpleasant experience. There is a way to alter existing units to get up to 50% more hot water than the stated capacity. A quick glance at your current unit will tell us whether we can augment your system to get more from the tank.

Tankless Hot Water Heaters:

Tankless heaters have come a LONG way since they first hit the market years ago. It’s the difference you might notice between driving a 1978 Cadillac and a new sedan. They aren’t even in the same ballpark. You don’t have to wait forever to get that precious hot water. They don’t off gas at dangerously high temperatures. You don’t have to do enormous/invasive system re-designs in most cases to make the jump to tankless. The units we install carry the longest heat exchanger warranties on the market: 15 years. The upside is significant: you only pay to heat the water you actually use, less intrusive unit sizing, longer life-span for the unit itself. You can convert any gas systems to tankless and move from electric to gas tankless units rather easily. Our installation process is quick and turn-key. City inspectors check the work, and we know how to conform to Austin city code and manufacturer standards. We do it right the first time. In fact, we often get called in to fix the sub-standard work of other operators in the area. We see quite a few bad installs each month; we hate to see it, but are happy to leave heating systems in better shape than we found them.

What Are Water Heater Warranty and Maintenance Differences?:

We warranty both the product itself and the labor/install on any unit we place in your home. If you purchase your unit from a big box retailer, you only get the manufacturer’s warranty and they sub-out the plumbing work to whomever isn’t busy. You don’t know what kind of install you might get, and you may never see that plumber again. One call to us will solve any future problems without third-party frustrations.

We are happy to set-up annual maintenance visits — and can offer you a discount if you buy through Daniel’s Plumbing. We are happy to discuss all these options with you — just give us a call to set up an appointment.