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Installing a new water heater used to be relatively straightforward: take out the old one and replace it with a newer model. Today, you have more options to consider, many of which can improve energy efficiency and the green living profile of your home while saving you money at the same time. Typically, you’ll have a choice between gas, electric, tankless, and even solar-powered water heaters.
Choose the Right Water Heater for You
More options can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you’re more likely to get exactly what you want without having to compromise. On the other, you’ll have to do more research to understand the pros and cons of each type of water heater and which ones comply with the latest Department of Energy water heater standards. Luckily, the expert plumbers at your local ARS/Rescue Rooter can guide you through the process. Here are a few things to consider when you’re shopping for a new water heater:
- Number of people living in your home (hot water demand)
- How well your old unit supplied your demand
- Fuel type, availability and cost
- Estimated energy efficiency of various models
- Length of warranty
- Maintenance and repair information
- Cost of unit as it relates to annual operating cost
- Local municipal code requirements
Energy Efficiency Considerations
Although gas and electric water heaters can lose some efficiency because water is constantly being heated in the tank, current efficiency standards are much improved over the past. Spending a little extra upfront will give you a more efficient water heater, saving you money in the long run. Look for an R-12 to R-25 insulation rating. With tankless water heaters, you can save money by not heating and reheating the same water in the tank.
Water heater prices vary for a wide range of reasons, including the local municipal code/permit requirements, water line connections, gas line, strapping, access, and type of water heater. Contacting a professional plumber for a free in-person evaluation is the best way to check pricing. A “blind” quote over the phone is often inaccurate. If you need advice on the best water heater for your needs, ARS/Rescue Rooter can help.