How To Choose The Best Water Heater For Your Home

by Aug 19, 2020Blog, Water Heater Replacement

Who doesn’t love a hot shower or a bubble bath? We often take these everyday comforts for granted. 

Even the ability to wash the dishes with hot water is something that makes life a lot easier and more sanitary. Without a water heater, none of this would come with such ease. 

Up to 20% of the average household’s yearly energy expenses come from heating hot water. 

The right water heater can make a big difference in both financial savings and on its performance in your home.

Every family and household has different likes and needs, so there are several types of water heaters to choose from.

Today, Marquez Plumbing wants to give you some advice on how to choose the perfect water heater for your home. 

Do You Need A Water Heater Repair Or A New Water Heater? 

Water heaters play a big role in your home, and it is important to be able to recognize the signs that yours is going to need a water heater repair or replacement soon. 

Here are some signs that you should replace your water heater:

  • Your water heater is over 10 years old (or less with a very large family).
  • Your water heater is no longer producing hot water.
  • There is a rusty color to your water.
  • Your water has a new and strange smell.
  • Your water heater is leaking.
  • Your water heater is making some strange noises.
  • Your water heater costs too much to run. 
  • The warranty has run out.
  • Your water heater has needed frequent repairs.

If you are experiencing any of these issues with your water heater, you can start by contacting an experienced plumber to see if a repair is in order. 

The plumbing expert should be able to tell you whether your water heater is worth saving or if you’re due for a new one! 

Having a well-running water heater can save you a lot of hassle in the long run!

Factors To Consider When Choosing A Water Heater

  • Cost 

How much the tank is going to cost upfront is very important to know. 

However, it’s probably even more important to understand the annual expense that your new hot water heater will cost you. 

Before buying any water heater you should determine the annual cost and then compare it with others. 

  • Size 

The size and shape of the water heater is also an important factor. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and not every water heater will fit nicely in every house. 

Make sure you measure the area you want to put the water heater in to make sure that it will fit. 

You should also consider that different homes need more hot water than others so be sure that the size of your water heater will supply enough for your household needs. 

  • Energy

How energy efficient the tank is known to be is something you should research before purchasing it. 

If you buy a tank that is energy efficient, it will save you a lot of money on your electricity bill each month.

  • Fuel

The type of fuel a water heater requires is a good thing to be aware of before making any purchases. 

You should find out how expensive the type of fuel it requires is, as well as how accessible the fuel is in your area. 

  • Quality and Longevity

Not all water heaters are created equal. Some are of a much higher quality than others. 

Water heaters that are of high quality will work better and last longer. This means you will need water heater repairs less often and the upfront cost will be well worth it. 

What Are The Different Types Of Water Heaters?

According to Energy. Gov, 

“It’s a good idea to know the different types of water heaters available before you purchase one:

  • Conventional storage water heaters offer a ready reservoir (storage tank) of hot water
  • Tankless or demand-type water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank
  • Heat pump water heaters move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly for providing hot water
  • Solar water heaters use the sun’s heat to provide hot water
  • Tankless coil and indirect water heaters use a home’s space heating system to heat water.”

All of these water heaters have their pros and cons, but the type you choose is going to be determined by your family’s needs. 

Tankless water heaters are very popular right now because they come with a lot of advantages. 

Marquez plumbing are experts on water heaters of all types. Our professionals can help you with the process of your tankless water heater installation, and can also help you pick and install other water heater types if you choose. 

We also offer water heater repair, if you need some assistance over the years.

Click here to contact Marquez Plumbing and get help with your water heater repairs, or your tankless water heater installation today!  

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