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What To Consider When Making A Water Heater Purchase

We’ve all heard the saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” but that’s not entirely correct when it comes to your old water heater. When you do the numbers and your homework when making a water heater purchase, you might find that replacing it before it completely breaks down might be a wise choice. Technology has infiltrated every facet of life, and the new water heaters today may save you more than you thought possible. What usually happens is our water heaters are tucked away in the corner of the garage somewhere out of sight and out of mind. Until something happens. Then, we scamper down to our home improvement store without ever exploring different options.

A Fact To Consider Before You Make A Water Heater Purchase

The average household spends $400 to $600 on heating water each year. According to the Department Of Energy, 14 – 18% of our utility bill comes directly from heating our water, which accounts for the second-largest expense in our home. Typically a water heater will last 10 – 15 years, maybe longer if well maintained. Across the U.S., 27 million water heaters are more than ten years old. That number is staggering and if you’re one of the 27 million, start doing your research now. No longer look at your water heater purchase or another expense but rather a long term investment. 

Energy Source

When choosing a new water heater, you’ll first determine your fuel source. In Riverside, Inland Empire, and San Diego, our fuel source that is powering the heaters are usually natural gas, electricity, and propane in some of the more rural areas. We typically don’t have many options regarding our energy source because our homes are already built with the type of power we’ll be using.   

Water Heater Type

You’ll have two choices when deciding on a water heater: Storage tank heaters or tankless heaters, also called on-demand water heaters. Each heater has its own benefits. The storage tank models cost significantly less and are easier to install. Tankless water heaters provide water on demand, take up much less space, and use less energy than a storage tank heater.
You’ll Need To Determine The Size

You’ll Need To Determine The Size

If you decide on a storage tank heater, then you’ll need to determine the size. There are two ways to calculate the size. First, you’ll need to assess how many gallons of water you use for “peak hour demand.” For example, add the gallons used during that time to give you an idea of the size of the water heater you need to purchase. Another way to calculate size is by the number of people living in your home. See the chart below.

1 to 2 people: 30-40 gallons

2 to 3 people: 40-50 gallons

3 to 4 people: 50-60 gallons

5+ people: 60-80 gallons

Ask your Big B’s Plumbing expert to show you the latest water heater technology. They have both on-demand, tankless water heaters as well as storage tank heaters in stock ready for installation. We always give free estimates. 

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