Hot Water Heaters, Think Before Choosing!

Let’s face it, no one likes getting up in the morning to a cold shower. And rarely is anyone going to wake up one morning and say, “I think it’s time to get a new hot water heater.” We wait until it leaks or just stops working altogether before you fork out the money to make the purchase. Remember, your water heater has a 10-15 year lifespan. If you’re within that window of time, consider a new purchase. Some water heaters manufactured today are over 30% more energy-efficient than heaters made ten years ago. Additionally, they have new technologies that require little to no maintenance. 

We Now Have Product Reviews

Before the internet dominated the way we shop, homeowners would drive to the local home center and grab the recommended model off the shelf. The problem with that is the person recommending the heater probably has little water heater experience. There’s a little bit of science behind purchasing a new heater. Now we have reviews for every product or service we need.  

Determine Your Water Usage

Let’s first address the obvious, do you use natural gas, electric, or propane? Second, you need to decide if you want a tankless water heater, aka an on-demand heater or a storage tank heater. Either way, you’ll need to know the flow rate of your fixtures, appliances and of course, much will depend on your family’s size. Flow rate is how much water you use at any given time from a faucet or appliance. Will two people be showering at the same time? Maybe you’re running a washer while showering. Once you determine your “peak” water usage, you can make an accurate decision on the tank size. Your plumbing technician could help you decide what tank size is best for your home. 

  • Tub is 4 (GPM) gallons per minute
  • Shower 2.5 – 3 GPM
  • Washing Machine 2 GPM
  • Dishwasher 1.5 GPM
  • Kitchen Sink 1.5 GPM

Top Hot Water Heaters

The top three manufacturers of water heaters are AO Smith, Rheem, and Bradford & White, and rightly so, they all provide a quality water heater. Bradford & White can only be purchased through an authorized dealer and is the recommended brand by most plumbers and plumbing companies. Consumer Report has a slightly different list, and they rank their top four as AO Smith, General Electric, Kenmore, and Rheem.

Bradford White Hot water Heaters

Once you make your purchase, don’t cut any corners on your installation. Have your installation completed by a licensed plumbing contractor––no exceptions! Do your diligence and make sure they’re a reputable plumbing contractor. With online reviews so prevalent in our current climate, homeowners should have no problem finding an excellent plumbing contractor that will stand behind their work if something was to go wrong.


  • What will power your hot water heater, natural gas, propane, or electricity?
  • What type of water heater do you want, tankless or storage tank?
  • How much hot water will your family consume?
  • What are the peak usage times for hot water?
  • Pick a licensed, bonded, and insured plumbing contractor to work with. 
  • Make sure your water heater has the ®Energy Star label.
  • Count the cost and compare features and warranty.

Excellent Financing for that Hot Water Heater

Are you ready to make a hot water heater purchase, and it just doesn’t fit into the budget right now? Well, Big B’s Plumbing has you covered. Whether your water heater breaks down altogether or you want to upgrade before it does, we have the financing that’s right for you—12-months same as cash Zero percent interest. If you want more time to pay, we have rates starting as low as 6.99% for five years. Don’t put that water heater purchase off another day.  

What Can Expect From A Big B’s Plumber?

Customer Safty Is #1

From the call center to all our plumbers, we follow CDC guidelines for our customer’s safety. That included regular health checks, social distancing, facial covering, and frequent hand washing.

Same-Day Installation

In most cases, we provide same-day installation, especially when your hot water heater request is made before noon and you live within 40 a mile radius of Murrieta or Temecula, CA.

Big B’s Plumbing

We’re a licensed, insured, and bonded plumbing company #986152. Every plumber has received a criminal and sex offender background check by a third-party company called 

Quality Work Guaranteed

Drain Cleaning: 

30-day clog guarantee for cabling

90-day clog guarantee on Hydro Jetting

Water heaters:

6-year manufacturers 

1-year labor guarantee

You can purchase a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty for an additional cost. 

General plumbing: 

1-year guarantee on all labor.

5 thoughts on “Hot Water Heaters, Think Before Choosing!”

  1. Well, this is a perfect blog. I was looking for a new water heater. I have used a water heater before but I was not aware of the information that you have shared in the article. Thanks, keep writing!

  2. Hi there! I found it really interesting when you mentioned that most water heaters can last for up to 180 months as well. I want to install a water heater in my bathroom and want to keep it in good condition. I’ll certainly have to remember this information so that I’ll make the right purchase later.

  3. I am glad that you explained that we need to know the flow rate of our appliances before choosing a water heater. My water heater started leaking last night, and it is over 20 years old so I think it is time for a new one. I will be sure to consult with a professional so I can get the right water heater for my family’s needs.

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