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Which Type of Heater Is Cheapest to Run?

At Shamrock Plumbing, we can service and install all standard water heaters. Depending on your needs and budget, we can offer you the perfect option for your house or business. Water heaters can be a huge investment, so you are going to want to make the best choice when deciding what type is right for your home or business. The amount of money you save can really depend on the amount of water you use, where you live, your system’s performance, and other factors. Read more to learn which types of heaters are the cheapest to run and may be the best option for you.

Which Type of Heater Is Cheapest to Run?

Signs That It Is Time for a New Water Heater

Taking a cold shower during the winter does not sound fun at all! Don’t wait until the last minute to invest in a brand-new heater so you can look forward to warmer water during the colder Utah months. Here are a few signs that your water heater is going out and it is time for a replacement:

  • Leaking water
  • Hot water is inconsistent
  • Signs of rust and decay around your tank
  • Water fails to heat up
  • Notice discoloration in water and that it is rusty
  • Loud, rumbling noises coming from the water heater
  • The age of your water heater is over 12 years old

Water Heater Types

There are five types of water heaters that you can choose from for your home. The type that you decide on should depend on the needs of you and your family. Here are some options of heaters to consider: 

Conventional Storage Tank Water Heater 

Being the most common type of water heater, most homes come with this type of heater. It uses a tank to hold water and keep it hot when you are ready to use it. You can expect a tank to cost about $300-$2,000 and then however much it will cost for a local plumber’s service. 

Tankless Water Heaters 

Labor costs more for a tankless heater than it does installing a tank water heater. You can expect the average cost to be around $1,000 to $3,0000. This type of water heater is very limited on how much water it can heat up at a time. This makes it more difficult to shower and run any water appliances at the same time. 

Hybrid Water Heater 

This style of water heater uses a minimal amount of electricity to generate heat. Hybrid heaters are great for cutting down bills in your home and you can expect to spend an average of $1,600.

Solar Powered Water Heater 

Solar water heaters may cost more to purchase , but in the long run, they can save you a lot more money than other heating options. On average, your heating bills can drop 50%-80% in comparison to other heating options. This is a great option for someone who already has solar panels in their home.

Condensing Water Heater

Condensing water heaters use natural gas as its main energy source, which can make them a more efficient option. 

Other Factors to Consider

Heating your water can be expensive, so there are a few things you might want to consider before making a final decision on your purchase. You are going to want to do more research on fuel type, size, storage, and energy efficiency to help you determine which cost meets well with your budget. Your total cost can all depend on: 

  • Fuel types and availability
  • Size and storage type
  • Energy efficiency

Additional costs can all depend on these factors:

  • Purchasing costs
  • Installation
  • Operating
  • Maintenance

Water heater replacements can cost from  $820-$3,500. The national average is expected to be at $1,217

Repair or Replacement?

Depending on how well you take care of your hot water heating system can determine the overall costs that may come with maintenance in the future. We highly recommend having your system serviced and inspected once a year by a local plumber. 

If your water heater is old, it is probably due for a replacement. Utah is known for its hard water problem and repairing an old water heater is not a cost-effective solution. If your water heater is fairly new and isn’t acting like it used to, call the professionals at Shamrock plumbing and we can provide you with the right service and information. 

Which Type of Heater Is Cheapest to Run?

Call Shamrock Plumbing for Your Water Heater Needs in Utah!

Shamrock Plumbing specializes in water heater installation and repairs. Whether you are looking for electric or gas heaters in Utah, Shamrock can provide the best heaters out there. We are here for all of your plumbing needs and can provide you with the proper maintenance you need for your home or business. Contact us today for a free estimate on our services. 


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