What To Look For When Shopping For A New Water Heater

Posted on: 11 June 2016

If you have had the same water heater for years, or if you have repeated issues with foul water, leaks in your water heater, or trouble heating your water to temperatures you want, then it may be time for a new appliance. Here are the things you should look for in a new water heater for your home.

Efficiency

The average water heater can take up to 20% of your home's energy usage, which can rack up your electric and heating bill rather quickly. To combat this, look for a water heater that is energy efficient. You can save up to 50% of energy usage in choosing a water heater designed to use less heat and run less often than traditional styles, depending on the size you buy. The more gallons a water heater can hold, the more energy-efficient it can be.

Size

Look at the gallons of water your current water heater holds to help you determine how large you need your new water heater to be. If you find your household running out of hot water quickly, you may need to upgrade to a larger unit. Keep in mind that you use hot water for a variety of things, including washing dishes, taking showers, and doing laundry. Your plumber can help you determine the right size of water heater for your needs based upon your current water usage and the size of your home. They can do this by measuring flow rates of various applications used at one time (your washing machine and shower, for example) and the desired temperature you need.

Cost

If you are on a budget, then the cost of your new water heater will be one of your largest concerns. Smaller models of around 40 gallons can run you just under $1,000, while larger or energy-efficient models can cost more. Your plumber can help you determine the savings you can expect from getting an energy-efficient model to help offset initial cost investments as well as let you know how much it will cost to have your new water heater installed. The length of warranty you get on your water heater can also affect final cost.

Buying a new water heater is a great investment for your home. You can enjoy hotter, cleaner water and a better-working appliance. When buying a new water heater unit, take into effect the size, style, and cost of any unit you are looking at to help you make your final decision. If you still can't decide which appliance will work best for you, your plumber or water heater installation specialist can help you in your shopping choice.

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