There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.
Water heater problems, although typically not life-threatening, can certainly make you miserable as you shiver your way through a cold shower. Trying to repair a water heater that's near the end of its life expectancy is probably unwise, so if your repairman says you should replace instead, going with that is the best thing to do. But the water heater market has changed a lot over the past decade or two, and there are more options than ever now. You can find models that are good for saving money, models that are good for saving energy, and models that are just safer than they were last time you bought a water heater. So how can you choose? Here are three questions to help you narrow down your search by deciding what your priorities are and what you need in a hot water heater.
1. Is lower cost or energy saving more important to you?
It's true that there are tons of super energy efficient models available now. Tankless heaters, hybrid heaters, and more can help you save a large portion of the energy that you'd expect to use on water heating in a year. But these units typically come with heftier price tags. They command a premium price because they're more eco-friendly and save you money on your energy bills, and they're also less easily attainable because they're newer technologies that aren't as widely disseminated and as commonly found everywhere in the country. So if you care more about how much the unit costs NOW because you don't have much of an emergency fund, you probably aren't in a position to worry about how much energy your unit will use. But if you're an environmentalist and you've decided to find the money from somewhere because eco-friendliness is important to you, then start looking for an affordable Energy Star certified model.
2. Do you want your water on demand or saved up in a reservoir?
Tankless heaters heat up water on demand, which doesn't mean it'll get to your faucet faster than it used to but does mean that the heater can keep powering your shower for as long as you like. These units have a per-minute limit, which you'll need to consider if you often run multiple hot water sources at once, but they don't "run out" of hot water like a typical unit does--they just keep producing more at a specific rate of speed.
3. How much space and patience do you have?
If you're short on space you may find yourself out of luck with a traditional water heater, especially if you need slightly more capacity than you had before. New regulations have made modern units slightly bulkier (with more insulation and so on) so if you don't have room to install the size of traditional heater you need, you may wish to consider tankless. However, tankless heaters can also come with an added cost to get them plugged into the system initially, and this added plumbing work can be inconvenient for you too, especially if you're gone at work all day.
These three questions will help you identify which type of water heater is best for you and your situation, allowing you to focus your search on models that will be likely to suit you and serve you well. For more information or assistance, contact a local plumber.Share
9 December 2016