Replace Your Water Heater and Reduce Energy Costs
Did you know that heating water accounts for about 20 percent of the average home’s energy budget? With a hot water heater taking up such a large portion of your energy bill, when it’s time for an upgrade, or your old heater finally gives up the ghost, you need to choose one that suits your lifestyle.
Signs you may need to replace your water heater include:
Call Worcester Plumber Service at 508-434-4005 and let our expert technicians handle your water heater replacement. You you can even request a quote online.
Top Considerations for Your Replacement Water Heater
Choosing a new water heater isn’t quite as simply as going to your local home improvement store and picking one up. You need to look at your family’s requirements, the design of your home, and the type of fuel used, among other factors.
Gas vs. Electric Water Heaters
Two of the most common types of water heaters are gas and electric. Gas water heaters can use either natural gas or propane. They tend to be more energy efficient than electric heaters, and so even though they cost more initially you can often make the cost back in energy savings within the first year or two.
Oil Fired Water Heaters
Much less common than either gas or electric is the oil-fired water heater. Because of the cost, this is not a popular option. Most homes that rely on oil for heat tend to have electric water heaters.
Water Heater Capacity
You should choose a water heater with a capacity that matches your family’s daily needs. Otherwise, you’ll waste money with an oversized water heater. Water heaters are usually sold based on the number of gallons they hold. However, a better way of gauging your hot water needs is to match it to the First-Hour Rating (FHR) and gallons per minute.
The FHR rating tells you how many gallons of hot water the heater can produce during an hour of heavy usage. By determining how much hot water your family uses during its peak hour, you can match the heater to your needs more effectively.
Both gas and electric water heaters are available in capacities exceeding 70 gallons. However, if you are looking for a small capacity, you’ll find more options with an electric heater.
Of course, if you are looking for a space-saving, energy-saving water heater option, you can also install a tankless water heater.
Water Heater Efficiency
Gas heaters are more efficient than their electric counterparts simply because they lose less heat. Take a look at a tank’s energy factor (EF). An EF of 1 would mean total heat conservation — which doesn’t exist, unfortunately. You also need to factor in the cost of energy. Because electric is often more costly than gas, a water heater with a higher EF might ultimately cost more than a gas one with a lower EF.
Size of the Water Heater
We’re not talking capacity here, but the actual physical size of the heater. You need to make sure that your new water heater will fit in the utility closet or corner of the basement where you plan to install it. That means checking that there is sufficient clearance above and on all sides.
If you are upgrading to a larger unit, it may become necessary to redo the plumbing to make room for your new water heater somewhere else. You can also simply install a second water heater, depending on the architecture of your home.
Worcester Plumber Service is Here to Help - Call us Today!
Worcester Plumber Service is central Massachusetts’ top choice for all your plumbing needs. Our expert technicians are all fully bonded and insured. They have experience replacing and installing water heaters from top brands, and can even install tankless models. We’ll even take care of disposal for your old water heater.
Give us a call at 508-434-4005 or schedule service online and see why we’re the go-to plumbers in the area.