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We don’t think about our water heater very often. This is normal, yet it means when it comes time to buy a new hot water heater, you are not very informed. This makes feeling good about your purchase a little tough. Is there a hot water heater that would be a better fit for your living situation than another? Did you choose the right one? Let’s do away with the uncertainty and learn how to select the right water heater right now!

You will want to choose a hot water heater that will not only provide enough hot water for your daily usage but also that will do so energy efficiently. This will make sure every shower and laundry load is hot, while also saving you money. You will want to consider the different types of water heaters available and determine the right size and fuel source for your home.

5 Different Types of Hot Water Heaters

Conventional storage water heaters

This is by far the most common. These offer a ready reservoir, or storage tank, of hot water each time you turn on a faucet.

Tankless or demand-type water heaters

These heat water directly, without using a storage tank

Heat pump

This type of hot water heater moves heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly for providing hot water.

Solar water heaters

Instead of using your home’s electricity to heat the water, these use the sun’s heat. This is a great way to lower your electric bill and carbon footprint!

Tankless coil

Also referred to as an indirect water heater, this type of hot water heater uses a home’s space heating system to heat water.

Other Factors to Consider


You need the right sized water heater in order to provide your household with enough hot water for bathing, sinks, laundry, dishes, cooking, and more. You don’t want to run out of hot water before it’s your turn to shower!

Energy Efficiency

In order to maximize your cost savings, you want to purchase as energy efficient a water heater as possible. Most hot water heaters make this easy to know by posting it directly onto the unit itself.


It’s also a good idea to know how much the hot water heater costs initially as well as an estimate for its annual operating costs. A solar water tank may lower your energy bill, but simply be too much upfront to be a realistic choice for you. 

For those in the Birmingham AL area, the right choice is clear- come to the experts at Drain Blaster! Choosing us will really make the difference when installing your water heater and avoiding choosing the wrong model. If you need a new water heater in Birmingham AL, turn to Drainblaster Plumbing Service to handle the job from start to finish. Call us today at 205-585-9060 to schedule an appointment and discuss your options.