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A Guide to Water Heater Installation

hot water after water heater installation
November 30, 2016

Water heater installation is highly important if you want hot water for a wide range of purposes. We’re heading into the coolest time of the year, and the need for hot water intensifies. Imagine coming indoors after walking outside during a chilly evening and warming up with a hot shower. Unfortunately, that sensation may not be possible if you wind up installing the wrong water heater. Many homeowners think it’s just as easy as installing any random water heater and that’s that. What they fail to realize is that buying a new water heater without any consideration to things like the needs of your home and annual operation costs may leave them without hot water and money to spend. Homeowners may also make the mistake of installing an improperly-sized system, which may lead to poor system efficiency and shortened lifespan due to frequent breakdowns. They may also make the mistake of buying the most cost-efficient model possible with the misunderstanding that they will get a high level of performance without any of additional operating cost. This couldn’t be any farther from the truth, as cost-efficiency does not automatically guarantee high quality. If you want to avoid any these issues, you need to take installing into serious consideration before you make a purchase, and it all begins by making calculations.

Why You Should Call Anthony’s Plumbing

Anthony’s Plumbing is here to help you with your next water heater installation and ensure you get the right model for your home. We can supply a modern, highly-efficient water heater that will provide long-lasting performance and hot water to meet all of your needs. We have a licensed plumber available who can install it quickly and any of your lingering water heating questions. They can assist you every step of the way to ensure you avoid installing a system that’s a total mismatch for your home. With our help, you will have a water heater with a longer lifespan, providing years of highly-efficient hot water. You will also save so much money on bills and plumbing repairs. Some water heaters have 3 or 6-year warranties to ensure you also stay protected for a longer period of time. Even at its most basic, you will be able to live in your home more conveniently, especially with a steady flow of hot water meeting your plumbing needs. A new water heater during the winter is key to establishing a better peace of mind throughout the season.

What to Calculate Before You Install 

Before you go right ahead and install a new water heater, please make these calculations to ensure you are getting a model meeting your specifications:

  1. Type of Water Heater: You don’t have to stick with that lumbering, space-consuming water heater. Fortunately, there are several different types of water heaters available for you to select today. You have the choice of conventional water heaters, tankless water heaters, hybrid water heaters, and so much more. Of course, you should assess what type matches up best with your current plumbing needs. For example, if that water heater tank is proving too problematic for your home, consider switching it up and going for a tankless model instead.
  2. Energy Efficiency Rating: Even if you do find a highly effective water heating model, energy efficiency ratings (or EF – Energy Factor) are important for homeowners to take into consideration. The higher the EF, the more energy efficient your water heater. Since the EF rating measures how efficiently a unit converts energy into heat, and how much heat is lost during storage, you will want a rating as close to 1 as possible. A highly efficient water heater will be able to cut down annual energy costs and spending on water heater maintenance significantly.
  3. Gallons per Minute (GPM): It’s important to know how much water each plumbing fixture in your home will require, so you should calculate gallons per minute (GPM) by adding gallons of water needed in your home with the gallons of water your water heater can handle. Bathroom faucet flow rates range from .5-1.5 gpm, kitchen faucet flow rates range from 3.0-7.0 gpm, shower flow rates range from 1.0-2.0 gpm, dishwasher flow rates range from 1.0-2.5 gpm, and clothes washer flow rates range from 1.5-3.0 gpm.
  4. Gallon Capacity: You need to consider how many gallons your home will need, which will differ whether you live alone or with a growing family. Typically, 1-2 people require a gallon capacity of 23-36, 2-4 people require 36-46, 3-5 people require 46-56 gallons, and 5+ require 56+ gallons. Simply put, if you have a household situation that’s different from average, you might need a differently-sized water heater.
  5. Temperature Rise: You also need to know your home’s required temperature rise, which will be possible if you find the difference between your ground water temperature and your desired hot water temperature. This will give you a better idea of how much it will take to ensure water is fully heated.

Don’t Get Caught In Cold Water – Schedule A Water Heater Installation Today

Contact Anthony’s Plumbing today if you want to ensure a steady flow of hot water in your home thanks to water heater installation!