Choosing a New Water Heater
When your water heater is requiring frequent water heater repair in Arlington, you may be considering a replacement. If this sounds like your situation, you should be aware there are four considerations in your purchase to keep in mind: water heater size, efficiency, fuel and your budget.
When considering fuel, whether gas or electric, consider the price in your location. It is important as the water heater is the second largest consumer of energy in your home, second only to the heating and air conditioning system. Consequently, if saving energy is a goal, consider the cost of gas vs. electric.
Water Heater Types
When selecting a water heater, you will most likely be choosing between a tankless water heater or a conventional tank storage water heater. Both types are available in electric or gas models.
The Right Size is Essential
Selecting the right size is essential in order to save energy and to obtain the expected life span for your area. An undersized water heater will be overworked, requiring frequent water heater repair in Arlington and wear out faster than one correctly sized for your household hot water usage. Sizing considers the household’s peak demand. Compare the first hour rating (FHR), located on the energy label with the amount of water used during the peak demand.
The size of the water heater’s location is also important to consider. For example, if the space of your existing water heater will only accommodate a 20 gallon tank, a tankless water heater may be an option for you. Without retrofitting, or moving the water heater, you will be unable to locate a 40 gallon conventional water heater into the space constructed for a 20 gallon tank. However, if moving the water heater is your goal, whether to accommodate a larger one, or to improve a rooms flow during a remodel, Benjamin Franklin plumbers in Arlington can relocate the water heater for you.
In addition, tankless water heaters are an option where space is limited. They require very little area and can be installed in a closet or underneath a sink. Whether you choose a conventional tank style water heater, or a tankless for installation, remember to schedule routine maintenance to assure the optimal performance, energy efficiency and the maximum lifespan of the appliance. You can rely on a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington to provide professional services you can rely on for installation, maintenance or water heater repair in Arlington.
However, a single tankless water heater may be unable to produce the amount of hot water your household requires during peak use. A Benjamin Franklin plumber can assist you in determining your hot water needs, and the best option for your home, satisfaction, goals and budget. Our licensed plumbers can ensure the hot water you need with water heater installation, relocation or water heater repair in Arlington. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing serves Arlington, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.