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Water Heater Installation: What You Need to Know

Has your water heater failed, or do you suspect a failure is just around the corner?  The sooner you start your research, the better prepared you’ll be when it’s time to call a plumber to do the work.  What might seem like a big hassle can actually be an even bigger opportunity, if you take advantage of the opportunity to upgrade your hot water system to one more appropriate for your family, home, and hot water requirements.  Here are a few things to know about water heater installation before you make the call.

When was the last time your system was updated?

Has your hot water system been updated recently, or has the water heater simply been replaced with another identical one every time a new one is needed? Traditional water heaters typically only last eight to ten years, but that doesn’t mean that any upgrades were done the last time yours was replaced. If it’s been a while since the system was upgraded, it may be time to make some changes. For instance, you might need to make changes to the plumbing or even where the water heater is installed if you want to be able to accommodate a larger tank.

Time to Reassess Your Needs

Did you buy your home with the current hot water heater installed? Did you miss having any say in the hot water system? If your answer to these questions is yes, think of needing a new one not as a hassle, but an opportunity. This is your chance to reassess your family’s hot water needs, and decide whether the current system is sufficient or warrants an upgrade. Have you been running out of hot water at inopportune times? Are you wanting something more eco-friendly or more economical?

Water Heaters Come in All Sizes

If you’ve been running out of hot water a little too often, you might want to consider upgrading the size of your hot water heater. Most modern homes are designed to accommodate a larger tank, making the new water heater installation quick and easy. A larger tank may cost a little more to buy and to run, but it may be worth it to you not to have to worry about the water running cold during prime time at your house.

Modern Hot Water Heaters Are Eco-Friendly

If it’s been a while since your hot water heater was last replaced, you may not realize how much has changed since then. Energy Star water heaters are designed to operate using less energy (and less money) than their competitors. When you shop for a water heater, be sure to check the tag, which will tell you approximately how much it’ll cost to operate. Whether you want to save money, save the planet, or just plain get the best that the current market offers, you’ll find a variety of eco-friendly hot water heaters to choose from.

No better time to go tankless!

Have you thought about the conveniences of “on demand,” or tankless, hot water? On demand hot water uses a tankless water heater that heats the water as it flows through the pipes, providing an endless supply of hot water. If you have a big, busy household that frequently runs short on hot water, one or more tankless hot water heaters might be perfect for you. They also offer economical and environmental considerations, such as the energy and cost savings associated with only heating the hot water that you need, as well as lasting about three times longer than a traditional hot water heater. If you think tankless might be for you, there’s no better time than when you’ll be investing in a new water heater installation anyway.

Turn to the Experts in Water Heater Installation

You probably have a good idea of whether your current system has been meeting your needs, but you might not know what that means in terms of what you should buy. If it’s time for a new hot water heater, call Maeser today. One of our techs will assess your current system and plumbing, discuss your options with you, and help you make a decision about what will best suit your family’s hot water needs.

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