Choosing a New Water Heater
Water heater shopping does not need to be difficult. There are just a few things that you should be aware of so you get the one you need, no more and no less. Keep these simple things in mind when you start shopping for your next water heater and it won’t be as hard of a task as you thought.
Gas or electric? This is the first question that you need to answer when you are looking at water heaters. The only way to answer this question is in your home. Is your current water heater a gas or electric one or are you a rare case that can go either way?
Gas water heaters are more efficient than electric although they cost more to purchase. Both gas and electric require routine monthly to bi-monthly maintenance that will help prolong the lifetime of the water heater.
Where is the Water Heater Located
Location of the water heater will be another determining factor in which one you should purchase. If your heater is in a small, cramped crawl space, then you will want to find one that is a compact model. These are typically found with capacities up to 40 gallons.
While they still hold as much as a standard size heater, they are compact in size meaning they are short and fat rather than tall and skinny which allows them to fit in shorter areas. On the other hand, if the heater is in a room of the house with standard size ceilings, then you are fine to buy a standard dimension heater.
Your Family Size
The key determining factor in which water heater you purchase is the size of your family. A family of 5 will use quite a bit more water that a couple or single person.
That said, the average family can get by with a 40 gallon tank but typically you do not want to go any smaller if you have a family with children.
This way, you know you always have hot water, even when everybody needs a shower while the washer is running and dishes are being done.
When you know exactly what you need out of your water heater, it is easier and less painful to buy a new one. You can call your plumber, tell them what you need and they will bring you your new water heater and even install it for you. Buying your new water heater has never been easier.
Doing some research on a new water heater for your Montgomery home? Call Cole Plumbing at (334) 279-8919 today, and get the proper insight on your new water heater choice.