It may be a sound you’ve thankfully never heard before, or maybe it’s one you hear too often. Your water heater is acting up again. When your water heater begins to make a strange sound or the water runs cold, it’s time to call the plumbing experts at Service Plus Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to diagnose the problem. If it’s time to replace your water heater, choosing the best option for your home is key to comfort.
Your water heater may simply need repairing, or a replacement may be needed. No matter the problem, our team is equipped to handle all your Indianapolis-area problems. You may think hot water is the only priority, but there are some other factors you should consider. Before we share those tips, let’s take a look at a handful of water heater options offered by Service Plus.
- Conventional Storage Water Heaters
- Demand (Tankless or Instantaneous) Water Heaters
- Heat Pump Water Heaters
- Tankless Coil & Indirect Water Heaters
Here are some tips on how to choose the right water heater.
Pay attention to capacity
Typical standard water heaters can hold between 40-55 gallons of water or more. When on the hunt for a new water heater, you’ll want to reflect on your family’s usage. The more people inside your home, the more water will be used. Don’t limit your thinking to showers. Think about how often laundry is done and how often the dishwasher runs.
Check energy efficiency
Bringing in a new water heater is an opportunity to save money and energy in the long run. Since water heaters are the second-highest source of energy usage in your home, you’ll want to choose one carefully. If you choose a storage water tank, you’ll find the first-hour rating (FHR) on the Energy Guide label. Per Energy.gov, the first hour rating is the number of gallons of hot water the heater can supply per hour (starting with a tank full of hot water). It depends on the tank capacity, source of heat (burner or element), and the size of the burner or element.
Pricing makes perfect
Purchasing a new water heater can be an investment upfront but it will quickly pay for itself within two to three years. Make sure you consider not only the initial price tag, but the estimated annual operating costs compared to other models.