Unlike a new pair of shoes or a gallon of milk, buying a new water heater is not something you do very often. Yet, it’s a very important purchase to get right. If it’s time to replace your Birmingham home’s water heater, you want to do it right. We’re here to help you! We encourage you to consider a few factors before you determine which unit to purchase.
Important Factors in Selecting a New Water Heater
Not all hot water heaters are the same! You want to make sure you buy the right unit for your family and your house, then have it installed by an experienced and trained professional. Here’s everything you need to know in order to do just that:
Look for an Energy Efficient Model
A water heater can be the third largest energy consumer in your Birmingham home. To keep your monthly bills as low as possible, you want to select a new unit that is energy efficient. Thankfully, all new water heaters have a high degree of energy efficiency to meet strict Federal energy standards. You want to look for the Energy Factor (EF) rating on the unit, as this measures how efficiently a unit converts energy into heat and how much heat is lost during storage. The higher the energy factor, the more efficient the water heater. The more efficient the water heater, the less energy it takes to provide your family with hot water.
What is the Storage Capacity?
The more hot water your tank can hold, the more hot water you have at your availability at any given time. If you have a large family and everyone needs to shower in the evening, you’re going to run out of hot water if the tank itself is too small to hold and heat enough. Hot water heaters are evaluated by how many gallons they hold. The first-hour rating and the gallons-per-minute rating for storage-tank water heaters tell us how quickly the water is heated and then delivered over a period of time.
Do You Have Enough Space?
You’re going to want to consider the space you have available to put a new unit in. If your area does not accommodate a standard-sized water heater, we do have alternative options we can go over with you. You may want to consider a tankless water heater, which takes up very little space compared to traditional options.
Trust Drainblaster Plumbing
We hope looking at this quick list helped you. With any additional questions or to book an appointment to be seen by one of our expert plumbers, contact us. If it’s an emergency, we’ll be there very soon! No matter what you need done, turn to Drainblaster Plumbing Service to handle the job from start to finish.