The hot water heater in your home is one of the biggest users of energy and one of the largest drains on your electric bill in today’s modern world. No one wants to jump into a cold shower on a frigid winter morning. Is your hot water heater working to its full capacity? Is it time for a new hot water heater? Here are our professional tips and suggestions to help you decide the type of water heater to work best for you.
Do Your Research
The first thing you should do is get online and do some research. There are plenty of articles and websites out there to help you understand how hot water heaters operate. Decide whether you want a gas or an electric hot water heater. Both have their advantages and disadvantages – for example, gas water heaters are more energy-efficient and tend to be easier to repair, while electric water heaters heat water faster and generally have a longer life expectancy. If you’re still not sure which type of unit is best for you, call us and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
Consider a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters have become extremely popular in the last few years as an alternative to storage type water heaters. Instead of storing water all of the time, a tankless hot water heater only produces water when you need it. This is not only great for your electric bill but great for the environment as well. They can save you valuable space in your home – another reason that many homeowners are going with tankless models.
Decide on a Size
Once you have decided on the fuel type you want to use, then you need to figure out what size water heater you need to service your home. If you are a single person who is rarely home, then you won’t need a large water heater. If you have a family of four and plans to grow, you should consider going with a larger water heater that can keep up with the needs of a large family – with several bathrooms, loads of laundry, and dishes to wash.
Compare Prices and Brands
There are many different makes and models of hot water heaters on the market today, and the sale prices vary from store to store. Do your research online and try to set a budget that works for you. When searching for your new water heater, check out brand, warranty, and service information as well as prices for the unit, installation, and haul away of your old hot water heater.
We are here to offer our expert advice in choosing the perfect hot water heater for your home. Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers top brands in gas, electric, or tankless hot water heaters. Call or contact us today for more information about hot water heater repair and installation services.
Part of owning a home or property is maintaining both the structural and mechanical elements so that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. When something goes wrong – with a hot water heater, for example – we often have to decide whether the item can be repaired or if a full replacement is necessary, and it’s not always easy to know which way to go.
Here’s what you should know when making the decision.
Factors to take into account when considering a repair:
- AGE: Most manufacturers recommend that a water heater be replaced about every 10 years. If it’s younger than this, a repair might make the most sense.
- WARRANTY COVERAGE: If the water heater is still covered, this will most likely make a repair a lot easier. Find out what your coverage includes.
- CONDITION: For a relatively well-maintained unit in good condition, a repair might be the most cost-effective option.
- COST: Minor repairs can extend the life of your unit and save money.
- LIVING SITUATION: Selling a house with a functioning hot water heater is a requirement. This does not mean, however, that a unit on the cusp of the 10-year mark need be replaced. You may determine that the cost of repairs far outweigh the price of a new hot water heater in a house you’ll no longer be living in.
If you’re thinking about repairing your hot water heater on your own, do your research and know your capabilities. It’s important to know what fixes you can make yourself and when it’s time to call in a professional.
Factors to take into account when considering replacing your unit:
- AGE: Older units (over 10 years old) become less efficient and are more prone to breakdowns. The cost to replace with a brand-new, high-efficiency hot water heater may be worth the expense of frequent repair costs.
- WARRANTY COVERAGE: If the hot water heater is no longer covered, you may find yourself with a repair cost that makes replacement (and a new warranty) a better option.
- CONDITION: If the unit has not been well-maintained over the years, its useable lifespan can decrease.
- COST: If you find yourself spending over half the original cost of your older hot water heater on repairs, it may be time to replace.
- LIVING SITUATION: If you love your home and plan on staying there for years to come, an older hot water heater that stops functioning on a regular basis can be unpleasant and result in time lost from work or other activities due to frequent repair appointments. Additionally, if you have “outgrown” your smaller tank, upgrading to a larger tank will make your home life more comfortable.
- PARTS: Older hot water heaters may no longer have available parts. In this situation, repairing is not an option.
- EXTENT OF DAMAGE: Corrosion or considerable leaking of the unit is usually not able to be repaired. If you see external corrosion, you most likely also have it on the inside (and more extensively) where you cannot see it.
For expert advice, contact Wolfschmidt Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, a plumbing, heating and air conditioner repair service in New Jersey. Wolfschmidt is a full service company, providing heating and air conditioner installation services. Call us 24/7 at 800-658-8611 and let us assist you with your plumbing, heating and air conditioning system needs.