Plumber Working on a Water Heater
20 March 2016

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Purchasing a Water Heater

Plumber Working on a Water HeaterAs a homeowner, there comes a time when you should start thinking about replacing your water heater. As many homeowners have come to know, these units are more complex than other household appliances.

There are many things to consider before choosing the right make and model of a water heater for your home. To help make the most out of your investment, we have compiled some of the most common mistakes that homeowners make when purchasing a new water heater.

Buying the Wrong Sized Unit

One of the biggest mistakes that we see homeowners make is purchasing the wrong size unit.

Many homeowners do not understand that water heaters are designed to work under a set of conditions. One of the key factors that these machines operate off of is the size of the home and the plumbing structure.

Buying a unit that is too small for your home will, most likely, result in poor performance. On the other hand, buying a unit that is too powerful for your space can result in higher monthly costs and less efficient operations.

When you purchase an inadequate unit, it will overwork or under-perform for your space. This can cause you to repair, replace, or damage your unit beyond repair.  

Not Considering Energy Efficient Units

Although energy efficient units typically cost more up front, they can provide you with lower monthly costs moving forward. When you are considering your next water heater for your home, be sure not to completely leave out energy efficient models. In the long run, these units can provide your family with lower costs and more efficient operations.

There are many new models, such as tankless water heaters, that can heat water better, faster, and use less energy to do so. These tanks are 22% more energy efficient, which can save you both time and money in the long run.

Basing Your Decision Solely on Price

Basing your decision solely on the price of the unit can result in a plethora of mistakes down the line. As we have mentioned before, homeowners often purchase the wrong sized unit. Although the price tag of a smaller unit may be more appealing, the unit won’t work efficiently in your home, causing more costs for repairs or replacements down the line.

Before you head out to purchase a new water heater, balance pricing considerations with the short-term and long-term quality you will receive. This will ensure that you are getting the best unit for your space and for your budget.

Not Consulting a Professional Plumber or HVAC Technician

Rather than guessing which unit is best for your space, budget, and lifestyle, it is crucial to consult a professional plumber. A professional plumber or contractor will help ensure that you are getting the best unit for your space. They have the knowledge and expertise of the current products on the markets to help guide you in the right direction.

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