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Replacing A Water Heater? Three Things To Think About

When your home's hot water heater kicks the bucket due to old age, you're going to need to replace it with a new one immediately. You shouldn't rush into buying the exact same kind you had before, since now is the opportunity to make some upgrades that you have been missing out on over the years. Here are three things to consider if you're replacing a hot water heater.

The Size

When you first moved into your home with your partner, the water heater may have been just fine. It was able to keep up with the two of you, producing just enough hot water to meet your needs. If you now have kids that are showering on a daily basis, you may feel that there is not enough hot water to go around.

Now would be the time to upgrade to a bigger hot water tank. Work with a plumber to determine the right size water heater for your family. There are many aspects to think about aside from how many gallons it holds, such as how many gallons of hot water it can produce within the first hour of use in the morning.

The Energy Efficiency

Chances are that hot water tanks have evolved quite a bit from when your last tank was installed. You can now buy a hot water tank that is very energy efficient, and even help you qualify for energy credits that help pay for the new tank. You can ditch the tank entirely, and go with an instant hot water heater that produces exactly how much hot water you need on demand. This will save you money over the years by not paying to heat hot water in a tank that is not being used.

In addition, there are also energy saving features available now that you may not be aware of. For example, some hot water heaters connect to Wi-Fi, and you can put them on an away mode when you are on vacation very similar to how you would set your thermostat.

The Type of Tank

Another innovation in hot water heaters is the lining of the tank. There are now varieties that are lined with a layer of porcelain glass, which will help prevent sediment build-up in the tank. This also helps prolong the tank's lifespan, and avoid that annoying banging sound that is often caused by sediment in the tank. To learn more, contact a plumber.


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