Hot Options: Which Type of Water Heater is Best for You?

At Drainmen Plumbing, we understand that choosing a water heater can be a serious decision. According to the United States Department of Energy, the average household spends $400 to $600 a year on water bills. It is also the second largest expense in your home (after mortgage), taking up 14 to 18 percent of your utility bill.

Since selecting a new water heater is important and water heaters last an average of 10 to 15 years, we believe that it is important for you to know the various types that are available and their different benefits.

High-Efficiency Gas Storage

High-efficiency gas storage tanks are are a glass-lined steel tank that is heated by a burner that is found at the bottom of the tank. They are available at a lower purchase cost because they can easily replace a pre-existing gas storage model. This type of water heater can reduces your water heating expenses by close to seven percent.

Whole-Home Gas Tankless

This model is great for replacing an existing gas water heater. They provide a constant supply of hot water and are even more energy efficient than high-efficiency gas storage tanks. These water heaters also last upwards of 20 years!

Gas Condensing

Gas condensing water heaters are another great option to replace an existing system. They cost more upfront than other gas models, but help reduce bills by 30 percent. They can also accommodate special venting and a condensate drain.

Heat Pump

Heat pump water heaters run on electricity and transfer the heat from one place to another, as opposed to generating the heat. This model is more effective in using energy than a storage tank and lasts for an average of 10 to 15 years.


Solar-powered water heaters are the most expensive types of water heaters. Despite the high price tag upfront, this model will save you money. They are 50 percent more efficient than water heaters that are powered by gas or electric and last about 20 years.

We are there for you for water heater installation, repair and routine maintenance. If you are interested in other services such as commercial plumbing in Pottstown, PA or drain cleaning in Douglassville, PA, you can call us at 484-366-9362 or browse our website for more information.