Need a New Hot Water Heater? 4 Things to Figure Out

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If you need a new hot water heater, there are some things you are going to want to figure out before you start the installation process. This is a significant investment that will last for many years, so you want to get the installation right.

1. Tankless or Traditional

First, you need to decide if you want a tankless or a traditional water heater. Tankless water heaters have increased in popularity in recent years as they don't take up as much room as a traditional water heater, and they provide hot water on demand. Simultaneously, a tankless water heater can only deliver so much hot water at one time, as it is creating it on-demand.

A tankless water heater works better in a smaller home or if more than one tankless water heater is used for a home with high water demands. For example, you could have one hot water heater that services the bathroom and another that services the kitchen and appliances. Talk to your plumber about the size of your home and your home's water needs to determine if a traditional or tankless water heater is right for your home.

2. Coorect Size 

If you choose to go with a traditional water heater, you will heed to decide what size tank you want the water heater to have. A larger tank is better for a larger household so that there is always hot water to meet everyone's needs. A smaller tank is great for small households with one or two people as you will get the hot water you need in an energy-efficient manner. It is a good idea to have your plumber analyze how much water you currently consume to determine what size water heater you need.

3. Energy-Efficiency

Third, it is essential to consider the energy efficiency of any unit that you purchase. Just by design, in general, any new system you install should be more energy-efficient than the older unit, as it will be a decade or two newer.

However, you should also keep an eye out for the energy-star rating on the product. Any product with an energy-star rating has passed a rigorous external process that rates the product based on its energy efficiency.

4. Easy Disposal

Fourth, it is essential to consider what you want to do with your old water heater. Most plumbing companies will take your old water heater and dispose of it safely for you as part of the service fee for installing a new water heater. Some plumbers may charge an additional fee to take away and dispose of your old water heater, so be sure to ask about the disposal process and cost. It makes sense to get rid of your old water heater right away so it isn't sitting around your property.

When installing a new water heater, you need to consider if you want a tankless or traditional option. For a second opinion, contact hot water tank installation contractors.