Are you the kind of person that forms close attachments and finds it difficult to say good-bye?
That’s admirable but, for your sake, we hope that brand of affection embrace inanimate objects, such as your water heater. Because while it’s still doing its job, it’s one of your best friends, even if you don’t recognize it as such. But once it starts to go, it’s time to say “see ya!” and move on to a new and better model.
If you’re currently in the market for a new or replacement water heater, here are 5 things to keep in mind before ultimately making your purchase:
- Have your hot water needs changed? Let’s say, for example, that you had 3 children living at home when you bought your current water heater which explains why it’s an 80 gallon tank. But let’s further assume that two of those children live away from home either full or part-time. Chances are you’d do just fine with a smaller tank size, and save some money in the process.
- Do you live in a condo? Here’s why we ask. Many condos were built with just enough space for the original stacked furnace and water heater. If that’s the case, and unless you’re willing to engage in a little remodeling, you may have to settle for a smaller tank size as new model gas and electric water heaters – under 55 gallons are 2” wider and taller than their predecessors to comply with new and stricter energy efficiency standards.
- Is there a gas main on your street? If there wasn’t – but is now – when you first bought your home, you could reduce your utility costs by switching from an electric to gas water heater. While electric water heaters typically cost less upfront, over a lifetime of ownership you’ll save money with gas.
- Consider all your options. That’s because you have more of them today than ever, including gas tankless water heaters which can be purchased for whole-house or single use applications, like a new bathroom or laundry room.
- Verify license numbers. Only a licensed plumber can legally install a gas water heater, so if gas is your choice, ask your contractor for proof of proper and current licensing.
Should you choose Plumbtastic to replace your water heater, you can be sure of a lot more than up-to-date licensing. We have tons of experience in helping home owners like you obtain exactly the right water heater for their needs and budget, and we’re more than capable of doing the same for you. In fact, it would be our privilege.