A quality water heater is a vital part of your home’s plumbing system. For most people, it’s also the sole source of hot, potable water. Without a water heater, things like bathing, cooking and cleaning are more difficult. Investing in the right water heater model will ensure you have plenty of hot water.

Ditter Cooling, Heating & Electrical isn’t comfortable until you are. If you need a better water heater for your home, our expert plumbers are happy to help. We service and install top-of-the-line models. Conventional tank heaters have the capacity to supply multiple appliances at the same time. But for energy efficiency, we also offer tankless models! Your plumber can recommend what’s ideal for your home.

Request your free estimate for water heater installation. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can also help you schedule an appointment for repair or maintenance services. For the best plumbers in the western Twin Cities, call 763-200-5055 today.

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How to Choose the Right Water Heater

You deserve the chance to make a well-informed decision about your new water heater. A well-maintained model can last anywhere from eight years to nearly 20. Taking the time to consider all the facts will benefit both your plumbing system and your wallet. Here are a few factors you should review when comparing water heaters:

  1. Size and Daily Usage Habits: A family of six is probably going to use more hot water than someone living on their own. Take a look at your average hot water use and compare it against available models. Larger models—such as water heaters with storage tanks—will take up more space. Fortunately, homes that require a larger supply of hot water will have adequate space in the basement or utility closet.
  2. Fuel Type: Local fuel prices can influence the ideal water heater, making certain fuel sources more cost effective. Natural gas and electricity are the two most common. Some models are compatible with renewable sources of energy like solar and geothermal.
  3. Tank vs. Tankless Models: This is generally the biggest decision you’ll make when comparing water heaters. There are advantages and drawbacks to both kinds, so make sure you weigh them all carefully.

Conventional Tank Water Heaters vs. Tankless Models

Traditional water heaters include a storage tank for fast access to a large supply of hot water. But modern designs allow for tankless water heaters. Unlike models with the water tank, tankless water heaters rely on efficient use of their fuel source to heat water as it passes through the system.

To determine which type of water heater is right for you, consider the following:

  • Costs: Tankless water heater installation costs more up-front than conventional tank models. But don’t forget about long-term expenses like maintenance and energy use. Tankless models are often more energy efficient, which can end up saving you a lot of money on heating bills.
  • Longevity: A traditional tank water heater will usually last between eight and 12 years. A tankless water heater may run for up to 20 years, especially with routine maintenance.
  • Your existing plumbing system: Tankless water heaters aren’t automatically compatible with your home’s existing plumbing system. For these newer systems, installation may require some retrofitting. Conventional models are more widespread and will rarely if ever require retrofitting to connect with the rest of your plumbing.
  • Your hot water needs: Remember what we said about model size and your typical hot water usage? That also applies to comparing tank models with their tankless counterparts. Traditional water heaters provide continuous heat to the water stored in the tank, prepared to supply large amounts of hot water all at once.

Tankless models aren’t always capable of keeping up with higher demands. Anyone who’s taken a surprise cold shower understands the frustration of suddenly running out of hot water.

Ditter Provides Expert Installation and Support

Wherever you are in the decision-making process, Ditter Cooling, Heating & Electrical can help. Since 1946, our trained and certified plumbers have helped people in and around the western Twin Cities with choosing the best possible water heater for their homes. We’re sure we can do the same for you.

For professional water heater installation, call us today at 763-200-5055.

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