A water heater is the most relied-on part of your homes plumbing system. Waking up to ice cold shower is very uncomfortable and could be a clear indicator that your water heater needs servicing or water leakages and odor could be an indicator that your water heater is not functioning properly. A plumber will make examinations and explain the issues and a repair option.
Visiting a home improvement store is very overwhelming. There are many sizes and brands of water heaters to choose from. Confusion also arises when it comes to the different energy ratings and fuel sources. It becomes more confusing when you come across a heater without a tank. If you are faced with these problems, the following are tips for choosing a new water heater;
1. Always choose a water heater that has an appropriate first hour rating. You can do this by estimating hot water peak hour demand for your family.
2. Determine the best fuel type for your new water heater. If you are considering buying an electricity water heater, visit your local utility company off peak electricity rates. If the option is available, always go for it. Propane, oil and gas water heaters are very expensive to operate as compared to electricity water heaters.
3. In moderate climates, a Heat Pump Water Heater should be considered. The HPWH is efficient compared to an electricity water heater. It can help you save up to 50% on water heating bill.
4. Choose units with power venting and a sealed combustion for energy efficiency and safety reasons. Sealed units help to avoid combustion gas back-drafting into your house.
5. All other factors held constant, a high energy factor water heater should be considered. Always keep in mind that EF varies between water heaters and is never the same. For example a Gas water heater of 0.7 EF is more affordable to operate as compared to an electricity water heater of 0.9 EF.
6. Water heaters should never be installed in basements which are not heated. Minimize on the piping’s that run to the kitchen and the bathrooms.
Whichever type of water heater you choose, an experienced plumber will help your in the installation. Always keep in mind that water heater installation should never be a DIY task. Water, gas and electricity are only for the experienced and therefore never attempt to do it yourself. Code and safety issues should be adhered to. This ensures that your home and family is safe as it ensures that you have a reliable and safe appliance.