How To Choose a New Water Heater

Has your hot water heater reached the end of its lifespan? Does it show signs of corrosion or leaks? Are you running out of hot water more often? If so, it’s time to start looking for a replacement. On average, a gas water heater will last around 8 years or so. With regular maintenance, which includes flushing the tank annually, you may be able to extend its lifespan to 12 years or more.

Choosing a New Water Heater

Here is what you will want to consider when buying a new water heater for your home.

  • Will it be a gas or electric water heater?
  • Do I want a traditional tank-style water heater, or should I go with tankless water heater?
  • For tank water heaters, you will need to consider the capacity in gallons you will need based on your household’s hot water usage.
  • How long is the warranty and what does it cover?
  • How much will it cost every month to operate? The EnergyStar® label, which you can find on most manufacturer’s websites, will give you an idea of how energy efficient different water heater models will be.

Is a Tankless Water Heater a Good Choice?

Tankless water heaters have several advantages over traditional tank-style models. The biggest advantage is that they can provide a constant supply of hot water on demand, so you won’t run out of water while waiting  for the tank to refill. This makes tankless units a great option for large households that would otherwise need a very large water heater tank to avoid running out of hot water.

While tankless systems are more energy efficient and last longer than traditional water heaters, they are more complex appliances and typically cost more to install, so make sure you factor this into your decision.

Once you have a good idea of what you need, your plumber can help you with other considerations, such as installation location requirements, gas line connections, as well as any permits or inspections that may be required. They can also help select the best location for the water heater, such as near the kitchen or master bath.

Have questions about what kind of water heater is right for your needs? Give Central Heating, Cooling Plumbing & Electrical a call. Our knowledgable plumbers can help answer all your questions.

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