Choosing a New Water Heater. What Factors Should I Consider?
Types of Water Heaters:
There are various types of water heaters on the market these days. The first factor to consider when choosing a water heater is the type of water heater that will best suits your needs.
A conventional tank is the most economical choice, having the lowest initial investment. When choosing a conventional tank, consider the gallon capacity. The gallon capacity that is needed depends on the size of the household.
A tankless water heater is more practical for parttime occupancy,or where water ussage is low. Determining the size of a tankless water heater depends on the flow rate.
The flow rate is measured in gallons per minutes (gpm). Hybrid, solar powered, and coil heated tanks are additional tanks choices. The space designated for your tank should also be considered when making your choice.
You will need to consider the type of fuel your new water heater will opereate on. When choosing the fuel type, availability and the cost should be taken into consideration. You want to be sure that your new water heater is energy efficient. In last determine the cost. When determining the cost not only do you consider the initial price but how much money it would cost you in the long run.
After deciding on a new water, you will need to regularly maintain it to avoid mishaps. when determining how often your hot water tank needs maintenance, consider the quality of the water in your area first. If the water supply in your are has a high mineral content or is of poor quality, then you will probably need to schedule more maintenance for your water heater than most.
It is recommended that you flush your hot water tank at least once a year. More often maintenance is required when
more people reside in the household. For example if you have 6 people in your house hold you should flush your hot water tank at least every 4 months. Always consult your instruction manual for your hot water tank to see the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance. It would be wise to choose a new water heater with low maintenance, or even a self cleaning unit.
The last thing you need to consider when choosing a new water heater is the price. The lowest priced system is not always the best fit for everyone’s unique situation. Sometimes a new hot water heater with a good warranty at a higher price is actually the best fit. Make sure it fits your personal needs before making a purchase.
Doing some research on a new water heater for your San Jose home? Call Rayne Plumbing & Sewer at (408) 283-0600 today, and get the proper insight on your new water heater choice.