Choosing a New Water Heater
What Factors Should I Consider?
If you are choosing to buy a new water heater, consider certain factors, prior to buying the water heater. First, consider if you're going to buy a gas or electric water heater. Even if you have a gas supply in your home, you can choose for your new water heater to be electric, and it may save you more money.
Although a gas water heater can do the same as an electric one, any gas run appliance must draw from electricity to help it run. If you need electricity to help a gas appliance run, then you're using both electricity and gas at the same time, which costs extra money.
You'll also want to consider the cost of the water heater. How much will it save you over time, how much does it cost to use on a monthly basis, and is it worth buying. Every water heater is different, and you can get a great water heater that can save you on your monthly energy costs, as well as be effective when you need hot water. Another thing to consider is how long the water heater will last. You'll want to check into the maintenance future of the water heater, and determine how often it needs maintenance, and how much it will cost.
How Often Does It Need Maintenance?
When you buy a brand-new water heater, maintenance is not an issue right away. Maintenance will become an issue over time, but it depends on the particular water heater that you've chosen to purchase. If you've chosen to purchase a tankless water heater, then maintenance will be easier. A tankless water heater can last for up to 20 years, whereas a water heater with a tank, will only last 10-15 years. The tankless water heater should be flushed every
six months to two years, depending on use. Routine checks of the water heater, can help you determine when it will need maintenance in the future.
Will I Save On Energy Costs?
New water heaters will help you save on energy costs, especially if you've had the same water heater for many years, prior to purchasing a new one. When purchasing any water heater, look for the energy star, or check to see if it helps to conserve energy. Purchasing a water heater that conserves energy will save you money on your monthly bill.
Doing some research on a new water heater for your Oak Park home? Call Captain Rooter at (773) 840-7800 today, and get the proper insight on your new water heater choice.