Tank Type Water Heaters
Tank-type water heaters (gas & electric powered) are the most common here on the West Coast. They heat water before you need it and store it in the tank. They are available in a wide range of sizes from 6 gallon to 120 gallon storage capacity. The most common size and least expensive, based upon cost per gallon, is a 50 gallon size. A 50 gallon water heater can be installed for about the same price as a 40 gallon size for example. Newer water heaters will typically be better insulated than an older model. The preferred fuel is natural gas as it is cheaper to operate over time than an electric model. New gas water heaters have more options than the old and they have been redesigned to minimize igniting flammable vapors, which may be present in workshops or garages due to paint fumes or leaking gasoline from a parked car.
Although most new water heaters have a shorter life expectancy than they did 30 years ago, they have maintained a relatively low cost. Thirty years ago the average life of a water heater was probably 15 - 20 years. Today a tank will probably spring a leak in 8 - 12 years. We have attempted to insure that we have a range of water heaters to fit our customers needs. For example you can make your water heater decision based upon price or quality. Buy a cheap water heater with a limited life expectancy if tank cost is your priority. Buy a top of the line water heater if the water heater is in a location that will cause water damage to floors, carpets, ceilings below etc. We highly recommend our Bradford White line of water heaters because of their quality and price.
The truth about warrantees as we see it here at Joe Mumford Plumbing & Heating Co. Water heater manufacturers warrant tank replacement only. If the tank is defective and leaks in 18 months, you have to pay a plumber, (or do it yourself) to disconnect the heater. Then you have to haul it down to the wholesaler or retailer and exchange it for a new one (then re-install it). Warrantees typically are also prorated depending upon how long it lasted compared to the warrantee. If you have a 10 year limited warrantee and it fails on the 9th year you get a 10% credit on the tank cost only towards a new heater. Would you really want to buy another heater from that company if you thought they should give you a new one? Another thing that bugs us is that there is typically no difference between a tank with a 6 year warrantee and one with a twelve year warrantee!! The twelve year warrantee has a sticker applied to it – that’s it! Do you really want to pay $100 for a sticker and then have to pay the plumber to change the water heater? The labor costs more than most heaters. Needless to say we do not think much of most manufacturers’ warrantees. Some are better than others though so you might want to discuss the subject with us before you purchase.
Give us a call today to discuss your water heating needs. Don’t wait until you have an emergency and have to buy what ever is available and at what ever cost. Call Today at 530-878-2566 or 916-624-2191