Residential Hot Water

Repairing or replacing your old water heater at home is, admittedly, not something you think about every day. After all, water heaters are usually built to last, able to serve you for years before finally breaking down.

Different homes, different size families, and different hot water requirements translate to a good variety of new water heaters out in the market now that you can consider and evaluate for replacing your old, broken-down water heater.

If you’re in the market for a new residential water heater, you might as well consider a model that’s not just more energy-efficient, but also more in line with your actual home and family wants and needs.

Water heaters for your home will likely fall within one of five categories, each one with its own pros and cons.

Below are the types of water heaters you can have in your home

These are you more traditional, more conventional water heaters. A specially insulated tank holds the hot water for you and heats more as it’s needed. 


These tanks are constantly working and usually needs to be cleaned out a couple of times a year to remove sediment, mineral scale, and to minimize corrosion. With proper care, these water heaters can last ten to twelve years.


Tank water heaters, being the most common, are relatively affordable and easy to install. Most models can hold some 40 or 50 gallons of hot water– just enough for a regular American household.

The next step up is a tankless water heater, also known as an on-demand water heater. Instead of a conventional tank, this model uses super-heated coils that rapidly heat water as you need it.


Tankless water heaters work well in homes that use natural gas to power their water heaters. There are tankless water heaters that can also run on electricity, but these can ultimately end up being more costly for you.


While there is no tank to clean, annual maintenance is still required to keep track of corrosive build-up as well as mineral scale. These models are considerably more energy-efficient and typically last about eight to ten years.


It does cost significantly more than conventional tank water heaters, and you might want to check if your home actually does have an available gas line or some other similar means to adequately power your tankless water heater.

These types of water heater use heat in the air and in the ground to heat water.  So instead of using electricity to generate heat, this type of water heater uses power to move heat from the ground or air to the water.


One of the best things about these types of water heaters? They use a lot less electricity compared to most other heaters and can save you quite a bit of cash in the long run.


As far as maintenance goes, hybrid heaters also have a tank, and therefore means it needs cleaning every six months as well to be able to maximize its lifespan.


Note that these hybrid water heaters won’t work as efficiently in cold places or exceptionally cold weather. Another drawback: these models are some of the most expensive styles of water heaters around.

Looking to Repair Your Hot Water Heater?

Patrick’s Hot Water also caters to homes in need of water heater repairs. If you’re experiencing any signs of a broken or faulty water heater, give us a call and we’ll provide you with a price quote.

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Rocklin-based and family-owned and operated, Patrick’s Hot Water has been part of the community since 2001, providing quality water heater installation, repair, and maintenance services to residences as well as commercial establishments.