Do you find yourself looking for something to do while you wait for the water in your shower to warm up? If your Phoenixville, PA home is giving you signs that your water heater can’t keep up with your hot water needs, let us help you determine the best water heater replacement for your needs!
There are four main questions that you should consider before you begin the process of purchasing a new water heater:
How Big Do I Need My Water Heater To Be?
This is an important question because if your water heater is too small, it will not provide enough hot water for your needs, and if it is too large, you will be spending more money than you need to.
For a one-person house, the minimum size should be 20 gallons. Generally, you should add at least 5 gallons per person. The size of your tank should look something like this:
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If your household tends to use a lot of hot water, it is always best to err on the side of a larger water heater. There’s nothing like the water turning icy just as you lather up!
What Fuel Type is Ideal?
There are pros and cons to all fuel types, which is why you want to make sure that they are suited to your needs. There is no “best” type. Your main options are natural gas, propane, and electricity.
- If cost is not a factor, but you want to save energy, then consider natural gas.
- If you like the trade-off of natural gas but don’t have access to it, consider propane.
- If you want to save a little money and don’t mind spending more energy, you can go with the common electricity.
Do I Want Something More Energy Efficient?
The Energy Factor (EF) rating will tell you the water heater’s energy efficiency. The EF will be visible on a yellow sticker and shows the ratio of hot water produced to energy used over the span of 24 hours.
The higher the number, the higher the efficiency. If you want the highest energy efficiency, choose the number closest to 1 as possible. Depending on the energy efficiency, a water heater may even qualify as an Energy Star Certified Appliance with potential tax credits!
Tankless or Traditional Tank?
Water heaters that use a tank to heat up and store water are the conventional types of water heaters. These need to be replaced an average of every ten years.
The advantage of a tankless water heater is that it is easy to install anywhere in the house. It doesn’t have a bulky tank to consider and the water simply passes through the device on its way throughout the house, so there is even less of a chance you will run out of hot water. It also lasts 5-10 years longer than a tank.
Additional Water Heater Concerns
Corrosion – There are glass-lined models available to combat this.
Warranty – You can pay more for a longer warranty if you’re someone who stands by prevention being the best cure.
Valves – Valves on your water heater can either be plastic or brass. Brass valves are going to be more durable than plastic.
To ensure you and your family’s safety and the proper function of the unit, it is best to have a professional install a water heater even if you now have a good understanding of what your hot water needs are. The experts at Quality Degree are happy to help answer any additional questions you may have or get your schedule for a proper evaluation. Just call (610) 600-1108 today!