Did you know that water heaters should last between 10-15 years? An old water heater is less efficient and if it breaks can be a hassle to replace. Think a head and start researching your options now.
Buying a new water heater can be a daunting task. Should you buy storage water heaters, tankless on-demand water heaters, or instant hot water dispensers? How much hot water do you need? What is a good brand?
To get answers to these questions and more, do some research on your own. Start by doing a little research online. Then visit at least 2 stores and ask the sales staff the same questions. Use the information as a starting point to narrow down the options that fit you the best.
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Here’s a little information to get you started on the most common types of water heaters:
- Storage water heaters are the large, familiar white tanks that heat water with natural gas or electricity and hold that heated water until it’s requested.
- Tankless on-demand water heaters are fairly new to the scene—and a popular alternative because they save energy by heating water as it is delivered, eliminating the need for storing water at a high temperature
- Point-of-use water heaters, or instant hot water dispensers, are typically employed in the kitchen or bathroom. They are installed right at the source of hot water need. For example: under your kitchen sink.
Because each water heater is different, the best maintenance tip is to follow the user’s guide of your water heater. There it will tell you what you need to do to make your water heater run smooth and for a long time.