Continue reading to review the top 4 recommended questions to ask, either yourself or a licensed plumber, before installing a hot water heater.
Which Type of Water Heater Do I Own?
It is important to learn about your existing water heater before purchasing a replacement. There are three primary facts to look for: 1) type, 2) age, and 3) size. Water heaters for over eight years old need to be replaced because most are designed to only last 8 to 10 years. After sometime sediment buildup occurs inside the tank, slowing the operation efficiency of the appliance. Common types of water heaters include gas, electric, and tankless. However, some homes have specialty water heating systems, such as boilers or heat pump water heaters. In most cases, residential water heaters are either gas or electric.
You can refer to your owner’s manual to determine which type of water heater you own. Here’s a hint: it’s your water heater has a pilot light, it runs on gas. Water heaters also come in a variety of sizes, so it is important to get the right size for your home. Larger homes with multiple occupants need larger capacity water heaters, while smaller homes and fewer occupants require smaller units.
Do I Like My Water Heater?
Think about whether or not you like your old water heater. Did you have problems with its operation? Did it provide adequate hot water on demand for the entire home? If you were not entirely happy with your old or existing water heater, then you should explore some other brands of water heaters that come with the features you’re looking for. A professional plumber and/or water heater technician can help you decide which water heater meets your hot water needs, including budget.
Are Tank-Style Water Heaters Energy-Efficient?
As of 2015, the government mandates that all water heater manufacturers abide by specific energy-efficient standards. So regardless of which water heater you choose, it should provide sufficient amount of energy efficiency for your home. That is because tanks are now more insulated, which delivers higher efficiency ratings. Electric water heaters are generally between 90 and 95% efficient, gas water heaters generally retain between 60 and 70% efficiency, and tankless water heaters are generally between 84 and 94% energy efficient.
Who Should Install My New Water Heater?
Regardless of how handy you are, it is not a good idea to install your own water heater. Not only is it potentially illegal in your state, working with the fuel-powered appliances is highly-dangerous. It requires a comprehensive knowledge of complex fire and plumbing codes, extensive hands-on experience, and a legal permit to perform the work. Never attempt to install a water heater on your own unless you are trained and licensed plumber or water heater technician. Instead, always contact a professional Indianapolis plumber for water heater installation services you can trust.