If you have a water heater that’s more than 12 years old, it’s probably time to look for a new one. Here at R & R Plumbing, we can help you select from all the options available. This is a guide to water heaters and knowing which one is best for your home and family.
You need to focus on three main ideas: how much hot water you need, your efficiency preferences, and your budget. Your answers will affect the size and the fuel source of your new water heater, which will in turn affect the price.
These are the basic types of water heaters available for your selection:
TRADITIONAL WATER HEATERS
- A large storage tank holds hot water warmed by a burner.
TANKLESS WATER HEATERS
- These water heaters have no storage tank, but heat water when it’s needed.
HEAT PUMP WATER HEATERS
- These operate on hot water moved from place to place, rather than water heated directly.
SOLAR WATER HEATERS
- The sun serves as the power source to heat the water.
INDIRECT WATER HEATERS
- Your home’s heating system is used to heat water.
Each of these models provide different benefits for different needs. A tankless style might be best for a single person or small space. A heat pump water heater may work well for someone who wants the lowest energy bill possible. A solar model may be a good choice for an environmentally conscious customer. We are happy to assess your needs and preferences and suggest the best model for you.
Each household has different water needs. A new couple may use 50 to 60 percent less hot water than a family with three teenagers. We will take your family situation into consideration when we recommend a water heater size.
If you take showers every day along with running the dishwasher and washing machine, you may use 100 gallons of hot water every day. Yet a 55-gallon unit is probably sufficient for you, because water heaters are measured by either first-hour rating or gallons-per-minute.
It all depends on the speed at which you use hot water. If four people take showers every morning in the space of 30 minutes, you will need a bigger system than if four people spread their showers out through the day and evening.
Also consider that a tankless model supplies one source at a time. If you frequently use the shower at the same time as the dishwasher, it may be best to install multiple units.
You have several options when it comes to fuel sources. Here are the fuel sources that may be available to you:
- This fuel source is the most popular choice for our customers. It works with every option above, and can serve as a backup for solar options.
- This is a reasonable choice for traditional water heaters and indirect water heaters.
- Propane is a good source for traditional, tankless, and indirect water heaters.
- This choice can be an affordable option for traditional, tankless, and indirect water heaters.
- This is the kind of energy that heat pump water heaters use. Ask our knowledgeable staff to explain this option in depth.
- By installing solar panels on your roof, you can harness the sun’s energy to heat your water.
You want to get the best bargain for your dollar when you upgrade your water heater. The best advice is to buy the most efficient model for your budget.
Heating water is nearly 20 percent of your total energy costs. If you buy a 55-gallon water heater, you will enjoy energy savings of 25 to 50 percent with a new model.
You can compare fuel prices and annual operating costs to get an idea of what each water heater will cost. We can also suggest ways to reduce your hot water usage to help you save even more.