Is your water heater on the fritz? Or are you simply unhappy with the one you currently have? Shopping for a new home water heater can be a difficult process. With a variety of options on the market today, it can be hard to determine which type would be the best investment for your home. Plus, they are commonly one of the top appliances in your home contributing to a higher electricity bill. Here are our tips and things to keep in mind when shopping for a new home water heater.
Tip #1: Check out the Ratings and Reviews
Basing your decision solely off the reviews of others is not always the best way to pick a water heater, but it can certainly help make your process easier. If people are happy or unhappy with their water heater, odds are, someone will review it. These reviews can be especially helpful if you are having a tough time deciding between similar style heaters. However, it is important to keep in mind that just because someone had a horrible review of a product, does not necessarily mean your experience with it will be the same. Take the reviews with a grain of salt, unless there is an overall negative tone towards one product.
Tip #2: Determine the TYPE of heater you want to buy
There are numerous different types of water heaters: tankless, hybrid-electric, condensing gas heaters, electric, and finally conventional heaters. Just by looking at this list, you can see why choosing the right heater can be such an overwhelming process! Doing your research will help you narrow down the list, and make the decision process a little easier.
Tip #3: What are your goals?
This sounds silly, we know, but establishing your overall goals for your heater will help you make an easier decision. Looking to conserve energy and reduce your environmental footprint? Then a hybrid or electric water heater may be the right choice for you. However, the electric heaters typically come at a higher cost initially. Looking for a large heater with a seemingly endless supply of hot water? You may choose a tankless water heater. Not looking to spend as much money on a heater? Or know you will be moving in a few years? The traditional storage water heater is probably your best bet. Be sure to do ample research prior to making this large investment.
Most people don’t realize how old their water heater is, and the average heater typically lasts 10-15 years. When a heater fails, it can leave your bank account empty, and a mess in your home. Make sure you do your research on the right water heater for your home, before it is too late!