Picking the Right Water Heater
In all our years of servicing Arizona residents’ plumbing needs, we’ve noticed a trend. People often spend more time picking the right dishwasher or even coffee maker than they do their water heater.
But choosing the right water heater from the myriad of choices on the market today is actually important when it comes to the longevity and efficiency of your system.
So what are the big factors to consider in such a purchase?
Top water heater manufacturers are not afraid to offer a five-year warranty on their products, and a good warranty is solid assurance that you won’t be left hanging in an emergency. Most of the major brands offer warranties, but be sure to look over your documents carefully to make sure you are getting five years’ coverage on parts and the tank – and that you’ll be covered with repair or replacement for every foreseeable issue.
Know Your Specs
Next, you should understand what to buy based on the specifications of your home. You’ll need to know what size and configuration you’ll need, and this is based on the size of your home and the number of people living there. You don’t want to under-supply or over-supply for your particular needs. The professionals at Moon Valley Plumbing can consult with you about all the factors related to your family’s needs. Many people think that because the 30-gallon tank wasn’t working so well, they obviously need a 40-gallon tank for the new install. This isn’t necessarily true. A bigger goal, in some cases, is to have the unit heat the water more rapidly than the old unit. We use a term called “first hour recovery,” which takes into consideration the amount of water a tank can hold with what it can heat in one hour. This provides a meaningful comparison between brands.
Two good options we’ve found in our industry are American Proline and Bradford White. These brands offer electric, gas, high efficiency, tankless, and eternal units, all depending on what your needs are. They provide greater longevity and efficiency than several others we’ve worked with over the years.
In essence, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to educate yourself on this important purchase. And the team at Moon Valley Plumbing would love to sit down with you and lay out your best options.