People who are considering spending hundreds of dollars on a storage tank heater and then a few more for a tank-less or a solar model first need to consider if their existing heater can be fixed. In the case of hot water storage tanks if it’s corroded you might as well replace it but if it’s a leaky drain or a bad pressure relief value or even a bad heating element all of these can be fixed for around $50.
If your existing storage tanks cannot be fixed then why not opt for a tankless system. Rheem has some of the best solar and tankless systems which can put a significant dent in your gas or electricity bills, Rheem is one the best companies in the field. That being said these systems are more expensive than conventional water heating systems.
The right capacity tank
The first thing you ought to determine is the capacity of the tanks you want to purchase. Most heating tanks are sold based on how many gallons of water they can store. A good rule of thumb for knowing the right capacity is four people can use up to around 85 gallons a day or three showers, laundry, and a running dish washer. The average family can easily get through with an 80-gallon tank; a family of six to eight may want to opt for a 100-gallon tank.
Gas or electric Rheem hot water storage tanks
Hot water storage tanks are usually high-quality steel cylinders which are directly fed on one end by a cold water pipe and a hot water outlet pipe. Water is first heated within the tank and then exists through the outlet. However, the tanks have another additional pipe which controls the temperature by automatically relieving the pressure. This valve opens when either one of the water inlets exceeds their present level. There is also a handy drain valve close to the bottom and a small control unit on the outside where users can set the temperature on gas models.
In the majority of cases, gas is the fuel used to heat water up in the tank mainly because compared to electricity it’s more economical. However, gas models are more expensive as compared to their electric counterparts. But gas models will end up costing you about have as much as an electric heater. There are also a few oil-fired type heaters which are more expense because they have an oil burner. This is why if you have just oil heat an electric water heater is a better option.
Your choice of the right storage tank will be based on all the above variables. Rheem hot water storage tanks are some of the best and worth a slightly higher investment you have to make. However, do some comparison shopping prior to opting for a storage tank because there are other options which may be better suited to your home.
Since you have now read quite a bit regarding the various types of Rheem water heaters that are out there, you should try and find one that best fits your household’s preferences. Keep in mind that each option has its own set of pros and cons. Tankless may be best if you only live with another person but if you live with a lot of people, conventional may be best.