Water Heater Safety
Sometimes, water heaters act up and need a simple fix by an experienced technician. Other times, a replacement water heater is in order, which is often the case if your current water heater is more than ten to twelve years old. In most cases, a new water heater can be installed in one day.
There are several water heater options available, depending on your hot water needs. Electric water heaters are more expensive than natural gas water heaters, but they often are superior in design, installation, maintenance, and service life compared to gas water heaters. Gas water heaters, however, are reliable and may recuperate as much as 40% faster than electric water heaters. Because gas water heaters have higher efficiency ratings, it may be possible to meet your hot water needs with a gas unit that has a smaller storage tank than with an electric water heater of the same rating. Tankless water heaters are another option, and they are gaining popularity because of their longer lifespan and on-demand hot water capabilities. Finally, solar water heaters are able to provide nearly 80% of a home’s hot water needs using energy provided by the sun.
With all of these choices, how do you choose the water heater that is right for your needs? One step is to consult professional plumbers and experienced technicians. They can review the options, evaluating the features and benefits offered by each water heater, to help you determine which model is the best choice for your home. We recommend five of the best and safest water heaters below, in no particular order.
Water heaters come in several options, including electric, natural gas, propane gas, and even solar-powered models, so it’s no surprise that homeowners can easily become overwhelmed when choosing a new water heater. A look at your home’s hot water needs, energy requirements, and other features will narrow the options. Some water heaters require only a small space, while others hold dozens of gallons of water and take up a larger footprint. Additionally, some water heater models offer greater energy efficiency than other options, with some meeting criteria for Energy Star certification, meaning they can use 50 percent less energy than models meeting the minimum federal standard. A consultation with a qualified technician or plumber will help you decide which type of water heater will best accommodate your home’s hot water needs.