Water Heater Installation
In the past it was a simple choice: replace your current storage tank water heater with another exactly the same. Today, however, there are a lot of new options to consider as you seek to improve energy efficiency and the green living profile of your home.
In fact, the Department of Energy recently announced new standards for residential water heater efficiency effective April 16, 2015. Click here for details of the announcement.
Things to consider when buying a new water heater:
Number of people living in your home (hot water demand)
How well your old unit supplied your demand
Fuel type, availability and cost
Estimated energy efficiency of various models
Length of warranty
Maintenance and repair information
Cost of unit as it relates to annual operating cost
You’ll want the right size water heater with the best recovery rate for your family’s needs. It should deliver hot water when and where you need it in the most energy efficient and cost conscious manner. Depending on the layout of your home, you may need more than one hot water heater to effectively supply your demand.
Types of Water Heaters
Gas water heater
The most common in American homes, gas models have a tank holding from 20 to 80 gallons of water. When you turn on your hot water tap, hot water comes to you from the top of the tank. Cold water enters the bottom of the tank to be heated. Fuel for gas hot water heaters is either natural gas, propane or oil-fired.
Electric water heater
While electric water heaters have storage tanks and provide hot water in much the same way as do gas ones, they heat water using two electric elements, each with its own thermostat.
Tankless water heater
A tankless water heater costs more upfront than either gas or electric. Yet its advantage is obvious. There is no storage tank and no standby heat loss, making it more efficient and a practically endless supply of hot water. Depending on the hot water demands in your home, you may need more than one tankless unit.
Solar water heater
Powered by the free energy of the sun, a solar water heater includes a storage tank and solar collector. Systems installed in higher latitudes may require additional design requirements that will add to the complexity and cost.
Energy Efficiency Considerations
Although gas and electric water heaters can lose some efficiency because water is constantly being heated in the tank, their efficiency is much improved over the past. Spending a little extra upfront will give you a more efficient water heater, saving you money in the long run. Look for an R-16 or better insulation rating.
With tankless water heaters, not only do you save money by not heating and re-heating the same water in the tank, you don't have to run water as long to wait for it to warm up.
Water heater prices vary for a wide range of reasons, including the water line connections, gas line, strapping, access and type of water heater. Contacting a professional plumber for a free in-person evaluation is the best way to check pricing. A “blind” quote over the phone is often inaccurate.
Contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® today by calling 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your water heater.