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Water Heater Buyer’s Guide by Gillece

Purchasing a hot water tank is a big decision you don’t want to take lightly. Having warm water in your home is a necessity for showering, cooking and washing dishes – you want and need a reliable water heater. When purchasing a water heater you need to consider the type, size, warranty and reviews in order to select the best water heater for your home.

Type – There are several different types of water heaters to choose from. The key is to choose the type of water heater that is best for your home which depends on how much space you have to store a water heater and whether you use gas or electric to heat water.

  • Storage Tank – These are the big tanks that are most common. They come in both gas and electric and works by heating water and storing it in the insulated tank. Gas storage tanks might be more expensive to purchase, but they use much less energy than electric tanks.
  • Tankless Water Heater – This type of water heater is more energy efficient than the storage tank. Instead of storing water, it heats water as you need it by using heating coils. This is best for those who use natural gas to heat their water.
  • Heat Pump – This unit needs to be located in a place of 40 to 90 degrees with a minimum of 7 foot clearance from floor to ceiling because they use the heat from the air to heat the water. Heat pumps cost more than electric models at the time of purchase but use up to 60 percent less energy.

Size – Just as there are different types, there are several different sizes to choose from. Hot water heaters come in sizes according to how many gallons of water they hold. In order to determine what size water heater your home needs, it depends on how many people live in your home and how much water you use.

Number of People in Your HomeElectricNatural Gas and Propane
580 Gallon50 Gallon
3-450 Gallon40 Gallon
2-340 Gallon40 Gallon
1-230 Gallon30 Gallon

Warranty – When spending so much money on a water heater you want to make sure you have the best warranty possible. Considering the lifespan of a hot water heater is 8 to 12 years, it is wise to choose the longest warranty possible.

Reviews – Before making any purchase of this caliber, get online and read reviews of different brands and types of water heaters. Consumer reviews hold the best information and will inform you of any problems or issues that occurred with the specific water heater.