Having hot water in your Gilbert, AZ home is essential. Used for bathing, cleaning, washing dishes, and more, hot water is an important resource to have on hand. Water heaters provide that resource. So, if you are in need of a new water heater, it’s vital that you make a wise purchasing decision.


Use these strategies as you select a new water heater:


Know the Types of Heaters Available

There are two main types of water heaters: tankless and tank heaters. A tank heater is a large instrument that holds hundreds of gallons of water that it also keeps warm. The tank pumps the hot water throughout the house. A tankless heater does actually have a tank, it’s just very small. Tankless heaters draw water from your main supply and heat it quickly while distributing it throughout the home.


Understand Your Needs

Both tankless and tank heaters each have their pros and cons. Tankless heaters cost more to buy, for instance, but less to maintain than tank heaters. Of course, tankless heaters also have a small delay before the water that reaches you is heated. Tank heaters provide instant hot water –but in a limited supply.


Your choice of heater will largely be based off of your needs. If you have a large family, a tank heater would have to be quite large to supply enough hot water. People who need hot water immediately, however, may be displeased with the wait of a tankless heater.


Calculate the Energy Costs Too

When determining the cost and return on investment figures of the heaters you are choosing from, be sure to factor in energy costs. Tank heaters require lots of energy to keep those large amounts of water heated all of the time. Tankless heaters will cost more upfront, but they will cost less to run because they will only heat the water when you need it.


Consider Your Available Space

Of course, your options may also be limited by the space available in your Gilbert, AZ home. If you don’t have room for a large tank heater, a tankless heater may be the only way to go.