Choosing and Maintaining The Best Water Heater

The water heater is the most neglected and forgotten item in our homes. The need for hot water is something that most of us cannot do without, although, consideration for where it comes from usually does not entertain a passing thought until the water heater breaks down.

The best way to be prepared for a water heater break down is to be armed with the information to make the acquisition of a replacement seamless.

The Main Factors

There are three main factors that should be considered when shopping for a water heater. The first is the size of the unit that will work best for your home. This will entail determining how many people regularly live in the home. For instance, if there are only two or three people who reside in the home, one will probably be fine with a 30 gallon heater.

An important thing to keep in mind with the size or capacity of the water heater is that if it is not the right size the heater will have to work harder to provide all of the household needs. This will mean it will be more prone to breakdowns.

Another factor when considering which is the best water heater for your needs is the type of fuel that it will run on. Will this be a natural gas or electric water heater? This will make a difference in the types of models and sizes that are available for your use.

Frequent Questions

What type of water heater is the individual wanting? Will this heater be a conventional one? That means, will it store water and keep it continuously heated in the tank? Or does the individual desire a tankless model? This type of water heater heats the water as it passes through the water heater.
Finally, the individual ca choose to purchase a hybrid model. This model heats the water through the use of an electrical heating coil. These tend to cost less to run and need less maintenance.

Once the right model is decided upon, one will want to make sure that they maintain it in order to increase its life span. First always make sure that it has 2 feet of clearance around the entire heater. One will also want to make sure that the thermostat is set at 120 degrees.

One should also drain about one fourth of the tank every year in order to get rid of sediment that can clog the workings of the tank. Finally, test the pressure relief valve to make sure that there are no leaks.

Doing some research on a new water heater for your Sherman Oaks home? Call Plumbing Brothers & Rooter at (855) 375-5700 today, and get the proper insight on your new water heater choice.