When your water heater is working properly, it’s easy not to think about it at all. For most homeowners, water heaters are out of sight and out of mind. But when your water heater malfunctions, it can immediately diminish your quality of life. People in your house will stop bathing. Dishes may pile up. You’ll have a harder time getting your clothes clean. The list goes on and on.
If your water heater is still on the newer side, and certainly if it’s under seven years old, it will typically be more cost-effective to repair than to replace it. But for older units, it might make more sense to get rid of them and spring for something new.
The question is, how do you pick the right water heater for your house? Not all units are created equal, and there are a number of salient factors to consider. Here’s a quick guide from People’s Choice Plumbing.
Different Types of Water Heaters
To begin with, it’s helpful to know the different kinds of water heaters that are available. Some general categories include:
- Conventional water heaters, which are fueled by either electricity or gas, and maintain a tank of hot water that’s ready to deploy.
- Tankless water heaters, which heat up water and supply it on demand rather than storing it in a tank.
- Heat pump water heaters, which essentially move heat from one place to another as opposed to generating heat directly for hot water.
- Solar water heaters, which harness the sun’s energy to heat water.
- Tankless coil water heaters, which use your central heating system to heat water.
What to Consider When Picking a Water Heater
Additionally, make sure you take into account a few of the primary attributes of a new water heater. Examples include:
- Fuel type. Does your home have natural gas lines? Can you save money by choosing gas over electric?
- Size. How many people live in your house and use the hot water? That can help determine the size of water heater you need.
- Energy efficiency. Gas tanks are generally more energy efficient than electric ones, though you can also find electric water heaters that are certified as “green.”
- Location. Where will you place your water heater? Conventional water heaters need to be inside, on a platform. Tankless ones offer you more flexibility.
- Budget. A tankless water heater usually costs quite a bit more than a conventional one.
- Rebates. Some utility companies may offer rebates or discounts when you switch to a tankless water heater. It’s certainly worth checking into!
Find Out Which Water Heater is Right for You
At the end of the day, there are a lot of options to choose from, and many different factors to consider.
So what’s the best way of determining which water heater is right for you?
One step is to contact a plumber who can counsel you, recommending a unit based on the size of your home and your family.
To speak with an expert from People’s Choice Plumbing, reach out today.