Water Heaters…What You Need To Know
What Should I Know About My Water Heater
The great majority of us take our water heaters for granted. In fact, we never think about it until there is no hot water and you need to shower to go to work or do the dishes, etc.
Surprisingly, Tank Water Heaters typically last only around 8-12 years depending on the quality of your water. Unfortunately in Southern California, Water Heaters last closer to 8 years or less due to the extremely poor water quality in San Diego and surrounding areas. Most people are surprised when they have to replace their water heaters so soon…mostly because they don’t have any idea of a water heater’s lifespan. For this reason, we suggest adding whole house water filtration system to help all your water using appliances last longer.
New Water Heater Installation
Now that you know your water heater is eventually going to fail, you need to decide from a variety of makes and models. You can choose between traditional tank water heaters or new tankless models that save money on your energy bills and provide instant hot water.
Do Some Research
While our trained technicians can certainly recommend the proper water heater for your home, it’s best if you also do some research online. Find what type of water heater you would want based on features and benefits of each.
Rooter-Man Plumbers of San Diego can install any type of water heater upon on request. We pride ourselves on a no hassle, no pressure approach to solving your water heater issues. Call us today at (858) 679-0585 and get your free quote which is valid for 30 days, so you can decide on your timeframe.
Buying a New Water Heater
Now that you know your water heater is eventually going to fail, you need to decide from a variety of makes and models. While our trained technicians can certainly recommend the proper water heater for your home, listed below are some features you will want to take into consideration based on your budget and the features and benefits you want.
One of the things to consider when shopping for a water heater is energy efficiency. According to the Department of Energy, heating water accounts for about 18% of our home energy use, and a more energy efficient unit may cost you more at purchase but can save more money in the long run.
Tank Water Heaters vs Tankless Water Heaters
Larger storage tank hot water heaters are the most popular, requiring little maintenance and are less expensive than tankless water heaters. On the downside, they do use more energy. If you don’t use the stored hot water, it cools down and must continually be reheated which uses gas or electricity. Standard residential tank water heaters can range in size and capacity from 40 to 100 gallons. You’ll want to consider the first hour rating, as that’s how much hot water you get from your water heater in its first hour of operation. Your tank’s first hour rating or FHR is listed on the tank and should be very close to how much water your family uses at its peak time, perhaps in the morning.
No worries, just call (858) 679-0585 today and schedule an in-home appointment with one of our plumbing professionals who can answer all your water heater questions and figure out what’s the best solution for your home and more importantly, your budget.