We service, repair and replace all types of water heaters. We can remove old tank and handle getting all the plumbing permits necessary to install a new water heater.
Water heating is one of homeowners' biggest energy expenses. Getting the right-size water heater is crucial. Undersize the unit, and you won't have enough hot water; oversize it and you'll overpay to both purchase and operate the heater. At Hawthorne Mechanical we'll help you determine what the best size water heater is for your home based on your usage needs. We'll also explain to you other options such as tankless water heaters, tankless coil and indirect water heaters.
Tankless Water Heaters
An Efficient Water Heating Alternative
A tankless water heater is an on-demand water heating system which is only activated when a hot water faucet is opened. Unlike conventional type tanks, a tankless heater does not need to continuously heat a tank full of water, making this system much more energy efficient than conventional heating systems. The life span of these heaters are far longer than traditional type tanks. Since there is no storage of heated water, they tend to be less prone to hard water scale problems not allowing sediment to store at the bottom of your tank. Tankless water heaters are also eligible for a State rebate and Federal Tax credit.
Tankless Coil and Indirect Water Heaters
Tankless coil and indirect water heaters use a home's space heating system to heat water. They're part of what's called integrated or combination water and space heating systems.
How They Work
A tankless coil water heater uses a heating coil or heat exchanger installed in a main furnace or boiler. Whenever a hot water faucet is turned on, the water flows through the heat exchanger. These water heaters provide hot water on demand without a tank, like a demand water heater, but because they rely on the furnace or boiler to heat the water directly, tankless coil water heaters work most efficiently during cold months when the heating system is used regularly. That's why they can be an inefficient choice for many homes, especially for those in warmer climates.
Indirect water heaters offer a more efficient choice for most homes, even though they require a storage tank. An indirect water heater uses the main furnace or boiler to heat a fluid that's circulated through a heat exchanger in the storage tank. The energy stored by the water tank allows the furnace to turn off and on less often, which saves energy. Therefore, an indirect water heater is used with a high-efficiency boiler and well-insulated tank can be the least expensive means of providing hot water.
Indirect systems can be fired by gas, oil, propane, electric, solar energy, or a combination of any of these. Tankless systems are typically electric or gas-fired. Also, these integrated or combination water heating systems not only can work with forced air systems but also with hydronic or radiant floor heating systems.
REBATES & TAX CREDITS
The WARMAdvantage Program provides rebates for high efficiency home heating systems and/or water heaters. To be eligible you must purchase, install and operate a heating system and/or water heater that meets all applicable efficiency requirements. Click here to learn more about rebates and tax credits.