Choosing a New Water Heater: What Factors Should I Consider?
Water heating technology is very dynamic- it is changing very fast. And although every new design has more efficiency, it does not imply that you will get the most affordable water heater for your home.
Thus before you spend lots of cash for a sophisticated heater, take some little time to know how every style operates, its merits and demerits, and its expected payback. Your objective is to obtain the appropriate equilibrium between performances and effectiveness for your certain home.
When intending to buy a water heater it is important you first confirm the ratings. There are 2 ratings to confirm before you purchase any heater: the “energy factor” (EF) that informs you its level of efficiency, and the initial-hour resurgence (for reservoir tank boilers) or even flow rate (for tank-less).
The EF is simple to comprehend- the greater the figure, the more effective the unit. Interpreting the resurgence rate is the same- the higher the figure, the greater the amount of hot water you will receive during the initial hour once you open the spigot.
However, when it’s about ratings for the tank-less, bear in mind that lesser groundwater temperatures are able, to at times reduce the flow rate of the heater by half. Therefore buy a water heater that will offer you the flow speed you desire, based on the incoming cold water temperature.
What Factors Should I Consider?
There are three things you ought to consider when buying a water heater system. These factors are as follows;
- Consider the fuel type or source (gas or else electric)
- Storage capacity (30-80 gallons of storage capacity should be available)
- Type of tank (tank or else tank-less)
- And finally, warranty (the unit should be given a warranty of either 6 years, 9 years or 12 years depending on the dealer).
How Often Does it Need Maintenance?
There are a number of signs that might show that your water boiler may be malfunctioning and need repair or replacement:
- When there is a water upsurge in or even around the place where your water heater is may imply a leak.
- Water-quality problems, like rust or even sediments that can be seen in the water, could show that the system might fail soon.
- When the water heater system no longer gives similar temperature or period of heated water like it used to do in the past.