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Considerations When Buying a Storage Tank Water Heater

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Posted By Gauri Nigudkar

Buying a new water heater is a major decision that will impact your home’s hot water supply, energy efficiency and expenses for many years.  If you’re considering a storage-tank water heater, which heats and stores a tank full of hot water for on-demand use

There are several key factors to weigh as you choose the right model.

First and foremost, you’ll want to pick the appropriate tank size to meet your household’s hot water needs. Consider daily routines, peak usage times, the number of bathrooms and fixtures, and how many people live in or frequently visit the home. Also, look at the first hour rating supply per hour based on your groundwater temperature.

Gas heaters heat water faster and cost less to operate than electric, but electric models don’t need venting and may qualify for energy rebates. Consider propane, oil, solar, geothermal, or hybrid heat pump water heaters in some situations. Compare long-term costs for each before deciding.

Determine placement early so all necessary gas, water, electrical, and venting connections will work upon installation. Storage tank models should be close to points of major use and have adequate space for service access. Run all venting according to code as well. Consider an anti-scald mixing valve if small children are present.

Unless you have excellent plumbing skills, trust a licensed expert to install your new unit. It ensures correct setup, connections, permitting, and operation while typically maintaining your original warranty protections.  Always make sure your installer pulls the proper local permits as well.

While storage tank water heater require less regular maintenance than tankless, they still need some attention over their lifespan. Besides inspecting and replacing the anode rod every few years, also monitor pressure valve operation, drain off sediment buildup annually, check for leaks and unusual sounds, and evaluate energy efficiency so problems get addressed promptly.

Typical lifespans for storage tank models range from 8-15 years, depending on water quality, level of maintenance, and original build quality. By choosing higher quality components, protecting the tank interior, and maintaining the anode rod, you can maximize functional lifespan before corrosion or leaks necessitate whole unit replacement. Plan accordingly since unexpected early failures generate hot water emergencies.

In closing

Choosing and installing the right water heater prevents headaches from unexpected temperature or supply shortages. Carefully weighing size, fuel options, tank construction, and efficiency ratings keeps your home comfortably supplied with hot water for bathing, cleaning, and more while saving substantially on energy costs over time.

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