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Water Heater Reviews and Questions to Consider

by | Sep 4, 2015

When you are in the market for a water heater, you will read a wide variety of water heater reviews. Some people think, “A water heater is a water heater. Any will do, right?” However, if you have multiple bathrooms and people taking hot showers at the same time, and you also run your dishwasher then there is more than just “any will do”. There are questions you will need to have answered before deciding on the water heater that is right for you. Quality water heater reviews can answer these questions. So, what should you look for when reading water heater reviews for your next water heater?

Question 1: How large should my water heater be? You should start with how much hot water you need. When considering this, it is best to think about how many people you have in your home. Why? Because on average each person can use 20-35 gallons of hot water per day. Sounds like a lot but remember it is not all being used at one time. Even with many people the typical 30-gallon tank can be fine as long as you and your family are prepared to wait from time to time. However, tank capacity is not the only factor to consider. Also consider first-hour recovery or BTU input. There’s a little math involved with this. You can ask us for help with this, we would love to help you understand the BTU rating system of your new water heater choices.

Question 2: Should I buy gas or electric? Gas tanks tend to heat up faster and in some regions of the country may even be cheaper than electric tanks. However, is your home equipped with a gas line? Some homes do not have gas lines. In these homes, you are pretty much stuck with the electric option. Alternatively, you may want to avoid the potential of a gas leak. Some people prefer electric for safety reasons.

Question 3: Is On-Demand (tankless) right for me, or should I go with a traditional (tank) water heater? For many people, this issue is about the costs involved. It usually is beneficial in the long run to have a tankless system. Although, the upfront cost are higher than an ‘old-fashioned’ tank.

Question 4: Does a plumber have to install this or can I do it myself? Simply put, this is going to depend on your skill set and the laws in your city, state, or county. Most water heaters are required to be installed by a licensed plumber.

Question 5: What is the warranty? There are many warranties on water heaters. The typical time frame is 6-year, 9-year, and 12-year.

Question 6: Who is the manufacturer? Can they be trusted? What do other users say about their heaters?

There is much to consider when you want to find the right water heater for you and your family so contact the trained professionals at waterheaters.com today. We will be more than happy to set you on the right path to water heater nirvana.