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How to Choose a New Hot Water Heater

Most people don’t just wake up one day and decide, “Today is the day I’m going to get a new hot water heater.” This decision is usually made when you turn on the hot water faucet and only get cold water, or you see water seeping from the water heater you have now.

Tips for choosing a new hot water heaterHopefully you just incur the “lack of hot water” problem, and not one that could potentially mean water damage as a result of a leaking water heater. But whichever problem you have, take a moment to consider the choices you’re going to have to face when deciding which type of water heater to purchase. It may seem like a cut-and-dry decision, but believe it or not, there are many different varieties available, and knowing what to look for can help you make the best choice for your home and circumstances.

Choosing The Right Hot Water Heater

You’ll want to find out if your current unit can be repaired without having to replace it. To get the most for your money, set a price limit of $50 or under per year for each year left on the warranty. If it’s going to be over that amount, you’re better off getting a new one. Let’s review the things to take into consideration when shopping for a new hot water heater.

An obvious consideration is whether you need a gas or electric hot water heater. Within both types, there are multiple sub-types, including tankless, solar, hybrid and the traditional storage tank hot water heater.

A hybrid model can save you a lot of money in the long run if you’re switching from electric to hybrid, but not if you already have a gas heater, because gas is much less expensive than electricity. If you currently have a traditional storage tank model, you may want to consider going with a tankless system because this can also save money. However, if you plan on sticking to a storage tank type, remember the old saying “you get what you pay for” because with these traditional units, the more expensive hot water heaters are generally worth the extra price. Consider a solar powered heater for the greatest amount of cost savings, particularly if your home is situated in a very sunny region or your tank will be able to get direct sun exposure.

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After you settle on the type of hot water heater you want, you’ll also have to think about the capacity you will need. The number of people living in your home and their personal habits will greatly impact the size of the hot water heater most appropriate for you. For example, two people who take very long showers may use more water than four people who take short ones. Consult with your plumber about the size of the unit and be sure to talk about not only the number of people in the house, but also how much water they generally use.

The other considerations you’ll want to take into account include what type of warranty is offered, what safety features are included on the unit, and whether or not the hot water heater has a digital display that will allow you to set it on different modes, such as “vacation mode.” This can save money during the times you will be away from home.

It may seem like a lot to digest, but by putting the proper consideration into selecting a hot water heater that’s right for your living situation, you can save yourself time and money in the long run.

Contact Brown and Reaves Services, Inc. We’ll be happy to help you decide which hot water heater is best for you. 843-497-9867. Or contact us here.

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