3 Things to Know Before Buying a Water Heater
Buying a new water heater is not something any given homeowner generally becomes an expert at. Thanks to the relatively long life of the appliances, it’s something that only needs to be done once or twice over the course of owning a home. So, if you’ve found yourself with the difficult task purchasing a new water heater for your new home, or need to replace the old clunky one that’s no longer functioning in your current home, you may not even have any idea of where to start. Don’t worry, though! Unlike so many other appliances, there aren’t that many factors that go into figuring out what water heater is right for you.
Here are three things to consider before buying a water heater:
- Should you go with a storage tank unit or a tankless unit? While storage tank units are the most common type of water heater, and generally the cheapest, they’re also not as efficient as tankless ones. Since they store and heat a large amount of water, they consume a ton of energy, and “recovery rate”— the time it takes for the tank to heat up another tank full of water after you use one up — is a consideration. Consider going tankless to save money on utility bills, as those units only heat water as you need it.
- How much space is needed to situate the water heater? This is a pretty important one — if your chosen water heater won’t fit in the given space, it’s a wash! If you’re limited in the amount of space you have, consider getting a “lowboy” or tall unit. These don’t hold as much water as standard units, but they do fit more easily into unusual or tight spaces.
- What bells and whistles do you want for your water heater? Yes, there are a few extra “bells and whistles” you can acquire for your water heater. ENERGY STAR certified and High-Efficiency units, for example, both save you money and help the environment. On the other hand, a lot of newer and more technological units also include intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces and Wi-Fi capability that allows you to remotely control the temperature of your water.
Buying a new water heater might not be something you have to do all that often as a homeowner, but be sure to consider your options carefully — it’s a decision you’re going to have to live with for a long, long time. And when you finally do decide, call Parobek Plumbing at (512) 910-8123 for fast and efficient water heater installation in Bastrop, TX and surrounding areas. We also do water softeners, water filtration systems, and many other services.