Shopping for a new water heater can be an intimidating procedure. Due to the myriad of different models and prices of heating units, it can be difficult to know which one is best for your family’s needs. To help clear up some of the confusion and point you towards a purchase that is right for you, it is important that you ask yourself the following questions when making a selection.
1. How Much Hot Water Does my Family Use?
If you live in a large household with multiple people that regularly needs a large supply of hot water, choosing a traditional tank unit with a large reservoir will likely be the best option. These units can store massive amounts of hot water and in most cases can provide enough volume to allow you to shower, run the dishwasher, and use your washing machine all at once. While tankless units heat water on demand and can theoretically never run out of hot water, they are much more limited in their output than a traditional tank heater. In general, tankless water heaters make more sense for smaller families or single residents.
A unit’s first-hour rating, or gallons-per-minute rating for tankless units, indicates how much hot water a given unit can deliver during a set amount of time. Before you make a decision on a unit, take a look at these ratings and compare them to the amount of hot water that you typically need on a daily basis.
2. What Type of Heater is my Home Already Equipped With?
You will likely want to purchase a unit that is compatible with your home’s existing gas or power hookups. Retrofitting a space from gas to electric or vice versa can increase your installation costs dramatically, and in some cases, cost more than your water heater itself.
3. What is my Budget?
For many families, price is a key factor that influences their decision. If you are on a tight budget, a traditional tank heater will most likely be your best bet. These units can be purchased for as low as around $300 and can last anywhere between 8-12 years. Tankless units are pricier, but they can last for up to 20 years and use less energy, saving you money on your monthly energy bill. Depending on your water usage, these monthly savings may be enough to justify the higher purchase price.
While these tips can help you make a decision, seeking the assistance of an expert is always best. At Plumbing Solutions, LLC, our highly knowledgeable Columbia plumbers can help you install, repair, and replace your water heater. With 24/7 emergency plumbing services, we are always at the ready to rescue you from any water heater catastrophes that may arise.
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