The life expectancy of a traditional hot water system is 8 to 12 years, so it is something a homeowner will probably need to have replaced a couple of times over the years. However, if you thought it was going to be just a simple replacement, you may be surprised about some of the choices, one of those being a condensing hot water heater. If you would like to know more information Kew Forest Plumbing & Heating, the best Jamaica Estates plumber can help you out.
Traditional hot water heaters use gas to heat up the water, and the exhaust gasses are sent out a vent pipe. Unfortunately, much heat is in the exhaust, which means this type of water heater is usually only about 80% efficient.
In a condensing water heater, the heat in the exhaust is extracted, and put back into the water, making it much more efficient, up to 98%. Almost all the heat is used for heating the water, instead of being sent out the vent pipe.
Some homeowners find themselves unsure since a condensing water heater is more expensive. However, it is important to consider the fact that the efficiency of these heaters will save money on energy bills. Also, they may cost less to install because condensing water heaters can use less substantial venting (PVC pipe) since the heat is extracted and the exhaust gas is much cooler. A traditional water heater requires heat-resistant pipe, often stainless steel, which is quite costly.
There are several decisions to make when it is time to replace your hot water heater. Condensing or non-condensing, tankless or traditional tank, and size are just some of the decisions homeowners must make. If you want a consultation with an experienced plumber to find the best choice for you, contact Kew Forest Plumbing & Heating, best Jamaica Estates plumber. We can assess your needs and make a recommendation that will provide you with reliable hot water for years to come.