Choosing a New Hot Water Heater
At CME plumbing we really want you to make the right choices. Be sure to ONLY REPLACE if your water heater is unrepairable. Many times our customers are sold on a new installation with another company trying to get extra dollars. We have always ensured to repair units to the best of our ability, so this comes as an insult to us. Please DON’T let this mistake haunt you because it will throw you back thousands when you might not need it. Need another look taken at your unit? Call one of our plumbing professionals out and we’ll give you the full diagnosis. Seventy-Five percent of the time units are repairable without any further expenses. If we happen to be booked up and you need to rush your repair or installation visit one of our favorite plumbers online
Plenty of choices are at bay with replacement. It’s essential to account for a few things to ensure you are picking the best fit.
We’ve put together some information to help you decide which unit is best for you.
Capacity is a significant variable: more family, more water. Your family might have grown since your last installation making this a perfect time to shop around for new a higher capacity unit.
Types of Units:
There is nothing wrong with electric water heaters, but if you want something that’s going to go above and beyond for your residence, it may be worth considering further options. The best part about electric units is the low upfront costs, efficiency, and safety involved. The downside would be higher operating costs, weak spots when it comes to power-outages, and slower heating than most other types of boilers.
These are becoming more popular in certain situations. Tankless is excellent for its instantaneous hot water, fantastic lifespan, lower monthly costs, and space-saving qualities. Things start to get somewhat debatable when you want to shower with the washer running. The biggest downside is tankless’ inability to produce enough hot water for most households. They will typically only service one utility or stream of water at a time.
Propane is gaining popularity for its safety and efficiency. Propane is a clean-burning gas allowing it to be used entirely non-toxic. Also, the propane tanks responsible for supplying the gas can hold up to nearly one thousand gallons. This will help you out in the long run. Especially with propane delivery fees. Propane costs and expenses will differ depending on where you live. Propane units will usually save a household $70-$100 annually. Just shy of electric, you may want to consider these two depending on your home or business situation. The only big downside to these heaters is the high initial costs relative to other cheaper options that are slightly less efficient.
These units are fantastic. They use electricity for the transfer of heat instead of making the heat more directly. Alone this increases energy efficiency by two to three times. These units operate by drawing around from around them and heating the air to be later transitioned to heat the water. These are the grand prize winner in our opinion. The only minute downsides are the higher initial cost, space they take up (not that much more), and air filter replacements. These are such efficient tanks that they will pay themselves back within just a few years. To add on to our “pros,” tankless provides no water treatment and long-lasting investment.