Is it time for a new water heater?
Gas water heaters and electric water heaters are very similar. Electric models use two heating elements, while gas models have a gas burner at the bottom with the chimney running up through the middle of the tank. Natural gas water heaters normally use less energy and are less expensive to operate than electric models of the same size. Electric water heaters are recommended only where they are the only option.
To help size up your home we've provided a simplified chart below. This chart is based on the number of people living in the home, taking into account dishwashers and washing machines. There are also other factors that should be taken into consideration:
What features should I look for in a water heater?
When purchasing a water heater make sure to look at gallon size, input, recovery and first hour output. As these numbers increase, you will get more reliable hot water. Also, different water heater models offer different features such as C3 Technology, Self-Cleaning, and others. Read below for more information on each feature.
Will the water heater fit in my home?
Take a look at the space where you currently keep your water heater. Know the dimensions of your current water heater and make sure you have room, especially if you're upgrading to a bigger size. If not, you may want to consult with a professional to see if plumbing can be run to a larger area to fit your new unit.
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