Buying a replacement or new water heater and scheduling a water heater installation can be a daunting task. You may not even have any idea of where to start. Here are some questions to ask yourself when looking for a water heater and before water heater installation.
Measure your available space for your water heater and make sure that you purchase a water heater that will fit in that spot. If you purchase the wrong size, you will have to go back to the store to purchase one that fits. If you are limited in space, consider a “lowboy” or a tall unit. These don’t hold as much water as standard units, but they do fit more easily into unusual or tight spaces.
Tankless Vs Storage Tank Unit
Storage tank units are the most common type of water heater, and generally the cheapest, but they are not as efficient as tankless ones. They store and heat a large amount of water, they consume a ton of energy, and their “recovery rate” is slow because it takes for the tank to heat up another tank full of water after you use one up. Consider going tankless to save money on utility bills, as those units only heat water as you need it.
Hi-Tech Water Heaters
As our “smart homes” become more and more wifi dependent, we want our water heaters to be the same. A lot of newer and more technological units also include intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces and Wi-Fi capability that allows you to remotely control the temperature of your water. If we are “green” conscious, ENERGY STAR certified and High-Efficiency units, for example, both save you money and help the environment.
Buying a new water heater might not be something you have to do all that often as a homeowner, but be sure to consider your options carefully — it’s a decision you’re going to have to live with for a long, long time. Once you make the decision on which water heater to purchase, make sure you contact a professional licensed plumber to install it. Installing it incorrectly cannot only cause the water heater to malfunction, it can cause a lot of damage to your home.
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