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Choosing The Right Water Heater

Most of us don’t think much about our water heater unless it breaks down. Whether your water heater has broken down, or it’s showing signs that it’s time to replace it, take some time to make the right choice. For example, you’ll want to know storage capacity, water heater function, and the fuel type.  For the capacity, you’ll want to take the number of bathrooms, bedrooms, and the number of people in your household into consideration. Furthermore, you’ll want to consider your jacuzzi tub, that’s usually in the master bedroom. Most jacuzzi tubs are 70 gallons.

A 30-gallon heater is for a household for two or less.

A 40-gallon heater is for a household for two-four persons.

A 50-gallon heater is for a household for three or five persons.

A 60-gallon heater is for a household for six or more.

Upgrading From 40 Gallons To 50 Gallons Is A Minor Expense

Consider this when purchasing your water heater. In most cases, upgrading to a larger tank capacity is usually a minor cost. Ask your Big B’s Plumbing expert what the cost of upgrading to a larger tank would cost, it might surprise you. If you decide to go with a tankless water heater, you’re going to need to know how much hot water you’ll need at one time because it doesn’t heat and store water around the clock.

Decide what Type Of fuel Your Going To Use

You’ll need to decide on fuel type, whether that’s natural gas, electric, or propane. Most homes are already pre-plumbed with the kind of unit you’ll need. Generally, rural areas are plumbed for propane, while residential neighborhoods are plumbed for natural gas or electric. Storage tank water heaters do require some minor maintenance if you want to extend the life of your heater. Your heater is continuously full of standing water which includes calcium and minerals, this creates sediment in the bottom of the tank. Draining your tank twice a year is recommended.

Here Is A Great Resource

There are other things to consider when making a water heater purchase, for instance, energy consumption. A little extra research on your water heater unit could save you money in the long and short run. Energy.gov has an excellent resource for selecting the right heater, check out the Energy Saver 101 Water Heating infographic. This infographic will help select the right model for your home. Your Big B’s Plumbing specialist is always a phone call away. We’re ready to educate you on making the best water heater choice for you and your family.   

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