How to Choose a New Water Heater

Is it time to replace an old water heater? If so, we know you want to choose an energy-efficient heater that delivers great service and one that meets your household’s hot water heating needs. At Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter, we also know that most people don’t buy water heaters frequently. In fact, it’s not unusual for technology to change a lot in between purchases. This leaves people feeling like they’re not sure what the best choice is for a replacement. If you’re in this situation, we know it’s important that you have the information you need to make an informed buying decision. Keep reading to learn more about the different options and how to choose a water heater based on features and your budget that will give you years of uninterrupted service.

Tank Water Heaters

These are the conventional water heaters and still very popular in households. You’ll also hear these water heaters called storage tank water heaters. They are a common water heater that stores water in an insulated tank that is heated consistently throughout the day. These water heaters are available in electric-powered models as well as gas-powered models. If you’re looking for a conventional water heater that uses the least amount of energy, natural gas water heaters are the way to go. They generally costs less to operate than their electric counterparts, but are more expensive to install, especially if you don’t have a gas line hookup.

A conventional water heater does require regular maintenance if you want to get many years of service from it. Maintenance services that need to be kept up on include regular flushing and draining to remove sediment, tune-ups to check for valve problems and leaks, and occasional replacement parts like burning elements and the anode rod. Homeowners who keep up on storage tank water heater maintenance can expect their new water heater to last 10 – 15 years.

Tankless Water Heaters

For people looking for highly-efficient water heaters, the tankless heater is a good way to go. It’s an on-demand heating system that doesn’t store water but heats the water as it’s used. This difference between tankless and storage is what makes tankless water heaters superior, in terms of energy savings, to conventional water heaters. That being said, not everyone is ready for the higher up-front costs that are associated with these heaters. While tankless water heaters have come down in price over the years, they still cost more than new energy-efficient conventional water heaters. For people on a budget, the tankless water heater might not be the best choice.

Many people believe that tankless water heaters don’t need regular maintenance. However, this is not true. While they don’t require the same amount of maintenance as their conventional cousins, they do need annual mineral descaling to allow them to perform reliably.

Solar Water Heating

A lot of people are looking for ways to meet their basic needs by living off the grid. This includes solar water heating. In order to achieve solar water heating, you need to install roof-mounted solar panels at your home. There are many advantages to this type of heating such as reducing your carbon footprint, saving money on energy bills, and highly-efficient heating. In Southern California, where sunshine is plentiful, solar energy is a great option.

However, solar energy does have its drawbacks. The chief obstacle of solar heating is the upfront costs. Installing a solar system is not cheap. Yes, there are federal rebates and incentives, but for the average person it’s not enough financial help to defray the upfront costs.

New Water Heater Installation

Most of our customers choose to install a tankless water heater or conventional water heater when they need water heater replacement. No matter which type of water heating system you choose, always include professional water heater installation. Some people think they’ll save money installing the new water heater themselves. However, this is the fastest way to lose money. If you install the water heater wrong, any warranty protection attached to the water heater is void. Also, if you install it wrong, you could end up with a damaged appliance or a leaky appliance.

Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter offers affordable water heater installation in Southern California. Our plumbers install heaters all day, every day and have the knowledge and skill to install your new water heater right the first time. Call us today at (888) 668-8922 to learn more!