How to Shop for a New Water Heater

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Shopping for a large appliance like a water heater can be daunting, especially for the newer homeowner. That’s why we decided to put together a buying guide to help you determine which water heater is the best fit for your home and how to go about having it installed. We chose several of the most important things to keep in mind as you start your search.

When do I need to replace my water heater?

Deciding when to get a new water heater is a crucial first step. Check your warranty and see when it expires. If you are still within warranty and have not noticed any issues with your heater, you definitely do not need a replacement. For homeowners with soft water, the water heater may become damaged before the warranty is up – make sure to have your unit inspected yearly to ensure proper functioning. If you happen to notice you are outside of your warranty, it is probably time for a new water heater.

Which kind of water heater should I buy?

Technology has changed rapidly over the last twenty years, cutting costs and increasing efficiency being the main goal of this advancement. Nowadays, there are many options to choose from when it comes to water heaters. Here’s a breakdown of all the different types and some advantages of each of them:

Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater

This water heater may cost a little more upfront than standard water heaters, but it will save lots of money in the long-run. These units work by taking heat from the air and transferring it to water. These units have important location specifications and require a large amount of uncooled space (above 40 degrees) and a large clearance overhead where the heating element is located. Overall, you will see a 40% decrease in the amount of energy needed to heat your water.

Condensing Water Heater

If you use gas in your home for heat, and have a rather large space, the condensing water heater may be the best fit for you. These units have a tank to hold water but use exhaust gases to heat incoming cool water. This recycles energy that normally would be wasted in a standard water heater.

Storage Tank Water Heater

This type of water heater is the most commonly installed one in the United States. These water heaters store heated water in a large tank to be released at the top when necessary. The downside to having a storage tank water heater is that when many people are using water in the household, you may run out of hot water and have to wait for more to be warmed.

Solar Water Heater

For the environmentally conscientious living in sunny areas, a solar water heater mounted to your roof may be your best bet when it comes to water heating. These are typically fixed to the roof and use solar energy to run fluid through a loop that powers the water tank. Unfortunately, these need a backup system when there is cloudy weather.

Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are the most energy efficient water heaters on this list. By heating the water through hot coils as needed, only the water you need is heated, with little wasted. Having a tankless heater will also heat your water much more quickly, meaning less electricity used, and lower utilities bills.

How do I install it?

Never, ever, ever undertake a project as big as installing a water heater without professional assistance. The potential for electrical shock, falling machinery, or incorrect installation is quite high and is best mitigated by calling an expert. Fortunately, at THA we have installation pros waiting for your phone call!

Here at THA Heating, Air, & Plumbing, we know that it can be difficult to get ahead of the rising costs of home maintenance. Whether it be a water heater installation, a leaky faucet, or a malfunctioning septic tank – we are here to help. Our goal is to provide thorough plumbing services at an affordable cost, and arm you with the information you need to maintain your home. We want to simplify your experience by giving you access to reliable, reasonable appliance work, as well as boost your personal knowledge.  If you’re located in San Diego, call us at (858) 571-8865 to schedule your next repair, install, or anything else in between today!