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Water Heater
15 Feb

What to Consider When Replacing Your Water Heater

Are you thinking you need a new water heater? Read on to learn about eight of the most important things to consider before a water heater replacement.

Types of Water Heaters

There are three main types of water heaters:

1.      Gas Water Heaters

2.      Electric Water Heaters

3.      Tankless Water Heaters

Factors to Consider When Replacing Your Water Heater

Now that you have a general understanding of the different types of water heaters, let’s go over some specific factors to consider when making your decision.

Home Uses

If you have a large family or use a lot of hot water, you’ll need a larger water heater that can hold more gallons. You also need to think about what type of fuel your current water heater uses.

If it’s gas, you’ll need to make sure there’s enough room for a new one because some models require more space than others. If it’s electric, you’ll want to know how much power your home can handle before buying anything that might overload things like circuit breakers or fuses, which could cause fires!

Type of Fuel

The most common fuels are natural gas and electricity. Each one has its pros and cons, so you’ll want to think about which would best suit your needs before making any decisions.

Gas water heaters provide an endless supply of hot water without requiring much maintenance, but they’re more expensive than their electric counterparts due to the cost of installing the necessary gas line. Electric water heaters are the cheapest to buy and install, but you have to be careful not to overload your home’s electrical system with a new one.

Tankless water heaters are more expensive than traditional tank water heaters, but they’re much more efficient because they only heat the water you need when you need it. This makes them a good option if you have a small family or don’t use a lot of hot water.

Output

The gallons per minute (GPM) rating tells you how much hot water the unit can produce at once – this is important to know if you have a lot of people using hot water simultaneously or live in a household with high demand.

Recovery Rate

This tells you how quickly a unit can recover from being depleted of hot water. Typically, this depends on its size and fuel source. A high recovery rate means it’ll replenish itself faster than one with lower ratings over time.

Safety Features

Make sure your heater has safety features like thermal protection and over-temperature cutoff to prevent things like fires or other accidents.

Installation

Some units are easier to install than others – make sure you factor this into your decision-making.

Price

Price is an important consideration when making any purchase! However, keep in mind that water heaters are not something you want to cheap out on as they’re responsible for heating all of your home’s water supply – so it pays to do some research before buying just any old unit off the shelf.

Warranty

Most water heaters come with a standard one-year warranty, but some models offer longer warranties that cover parts and labor for up to ten years. It’s essential to read the terms and conditions of the warranty before you buy anything to make sure you’re covered in case something goes wrong.

Deciding what type of water heater to buy isn’t always easy, and there is no one perfect option for everyone. So, take your time, do some research and ask around before settling on anything. At Anytime Plumbing we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision, so give us a call if you have any questions!

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