Traditional Tank Water Heater
Traditional tank water heaters are the most popular type of water heater in homes today. They come in many different sizes and fuel sources, with the most common being 40 and 50 gallon, gas or electric. At Hot Water Solutions, we sell, install, and service both traditional tank and tankless water heaters.
How does a traditional tank water heater work?
A traditional tank water heater continuously heats water that is stored in an insulated tank. When the hot water tap is turned on, hot water is released from the top of the tank and cold water enters the bottom to keep the tank full. Since water is constantly heated, energy can be wasted even when a hot water tap is not running. This is called standby heat loss and only tankless water heaters can avoid this loss.
What size water heater do you need?
Traditional tank water heaters are sized based on the capacity in gallons. The most common sizes used in homes are 40 or 50 gallon. To determine the correct size for your home, you will need to look at the water heater's first hour rating (FHR) and the peak hour demand.
The water heater's FHR is the amount of hot water it can produce in a 1-hour period. This can be found on the water heater's yellow Energy Guide label.
Your peak hour demand is how much hot water your household uses during a busy hour. To calculate peak hour demand, pick an hour of day that your house uses the most hot water and determine how many activities from the chart will be performed. So, if there will be 2 showers at 20 gallons each, 1 load of clothes in the washer at 14 gallons, and 1 load of dishes in the dishwasher at 3.5 gallons, you will need a water heater with a FHR of at least 57.5
Generally, we replace a current traditional tank water heater with a unit of the same size. If you are running out of hot water regularly, it may be necessary to upgrade to a larger tank. Our water heater specialists will perform a capacity test to determine the correct size water heater for your home.
What's included with every new traditional tank water heater?
Haul away of the old unit.
A new expansion tank. An old one should never be re-used.
A new isolation ball valve.
Any other miscellaneous items as needed to bring the new water heater up to code.