Replacing a water heater

When you buy a home for the first time, you will usually have one that has been lived in before. With that you can be sure that things will break or have to be replaced. Things that you may have not even know you had. For example, water heaters, how many of you have never heard of one of these things growing up? Not many or you perhaps never came in contact with one knowingly. Well, let me tell you that these things are invaluable when living in the north, during harsh winters. Even in south, taking a cold shower is unpleasant. So, let’s say you need a water heater in Houston, what do you do?

Simple, call a plumber and have them replace the old one with a new one. But, there are other things that you must be aware of when this happens. You could just straight up replace the water heater with a latest model or you could invest into a tank less water heater if you want as well. Each one has their own pros and cons. Which I will outline below.

Tank: when you purchase a standard tank water heater it can cost you between five-hundred to seven hundred dollars, depending on where you buy it. If you choose this product, you need to keep in mind your needs. What I mean by that, is if you have three people living in the house you want a fifty to sixty-gallon tank and eighty if you have more. That is just the standard recommendation, though you can get whatever size you want. The tank heater will only be able to store that amount of hot water and once it is used you will have to wait for it to replenish,

Tankless:  This method works completely different from its tank counterpart. For instance, it does not hold a certain amount of water. It heats up water as you use it, though it may be unable to keep up with the demand if multiple people are using it heavily at once. So, as long as you use it on an individual basis, you won’t have any issues getting hot water. One of its popular features, is how much smaller it is compared to the tank, taking up a fraction of the space. Another perk of this system is the money you can save on your utility bill. Not having to keep water constantly hot, like the tank. Tankless heaters only heat water when you need it, avoiding the excess use of electricity. It is even competitively priced with tank heaters. Which in the end tends to make this a better choice.

When your hot water heater breaks down and needs a replacement. Consider your options when looking for a new one. Because if you are using an old tank heater, it may do you better with upgrading to a tankless heater instead. But, if for whatever reason you prefer the tank heaters, you can get them ass well.

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Matthew Okafor