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Water Heater Choices

Gas, Electric, Solar, Tank or Tankless

Posted 07:44 December 07, 2017
Last Updated 07:44 January 26, 2018

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Today you have many choices when it comes to hot water heaters.

Gas or Electric

Your choice here will depend partly on what is available to you. If you only have electric hookups, or it would be difficult to install a gas line, then you'll likely choose an electric water heater. In general, gas water heaters are more energy efficient. Gas units cost a little more upfront, but they recoup this expense in 1-2 years in terms of energy savings. Gas water heaters also heat water more quickly and that's why they're more energy efficient.

Solar Water Heaters

Solar water heaters are a type of electric water heater that is very energy efficient. Additionally, you may be eligible for federal or state tax credits if you install one. They are more expensive upfront, but as they use solar energy to heat water, over time they end up paying for themselves. They work via solar panels which are used to heat water in a holding tank which is usually installed on your roof. They have a very low energy footprint. If you want to make your home more green and reduce your dependence on gas and electric energy, they are an excellent choice.

Tank or Tankless

Conventional water heaters have a holding tank that stores water. The tank is insulated and water is kept hot and ready for use. The downside to this method is you are expending energy whether you are using hot water or not. Additionally, when a tank system fails it may result in flooding the area around the tank, which can cause damage to your home and property. A tank system typically lasts 10-15 years.

Tankless hot water heaters take a different approach. They are newer, more energy efficient, less prone to breakdowns, and are more expensive. They come in both gas and electric varieties, but unless you live in a year-round warm environment, you'll want to choose a gas tankless system. A tankless system heats water on demand. You turn on the faucet and water it heated via high heat burners. No water is stored in a tank and continually heated and re-heated. If a tankless system fails there is no worry of flood damage. A tankless system can last 20 years or more, depending on the manufacturer.


You have a lot of choices when it comes to hot water heaters. All Trades in Las Vegas, Nevada is here to help you choose the best system for your circumstances. We will never try to up sell you into a water heating system that you don't want or need. If you want a 30 gallon electric tank system installed, we're here to do it for you. If you want an extensive solar water heating system with auxiliary gas tankless units, we can do that too. We offer your choices and then you decide. Our work is fully inspected and permitted in Clark County, Nevada. Contact us today for an easy no-hassle quote.

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