Providing an endless supply of hot water for the family is a basic necessity that needs no emphasis and a new water heater installation is a welcome step towards realizing that laudable goal, and you should be in a position to do that without breaking the bank or your budget.
In any such endeavor it is essential that we consult seasoned plumbing and heating experts that have the technical knowhow and product mastery to advise us correctly when we venture out to choose the right product.
Factors to consider before deciding a new water heater installation
- Tank water heaters and tankless heaters
Basically you need to decide between two types of water heaters – tank water heaters and tankless heaters. The basic function of the tank water heater is to maintain the stored water in a specific preset temperature band – usually that would be around 48 Celsius and 55 Celsius. The hot water that flows out of the heater is replaced by colder water which is subject to the same heating process in cycles. Naturally this means that such units are likely to consume more power as you use them continuously. They heat up more water than you might actually need at any moment.
The Tankless water heaters operate in a different way in that they heat only the water that you are immediately using, hence there is lower power consumption per use, but installation-wise they are costlier.
- Gas powered heaters and the electric heaters
The Tank water heater comes in two varieties – the gas powered ones and the electric heaters and the main factor deciding the choice between gas and electrically operated new water heater installation is your budget.
- Deciding the water storage capacity of the tank
In any new water heater installation you have to decide the capacity of the tank and peak energy efficiency levels matching your household needs. There’s no point installing a smaller heating tank when your daily consumption is heavy as this will only overload the smaller tank and reduce its longevity. One way out is to assess how much hot water you are consuming in one hour when kitchen, toilet and bathrooms are in full use. Once you know your peak hour water consumption it becomes easier to decide the size of your storage tank
The new water heater installation process
Selecting the right type of heater may have taken some time but a new water heater installation takes around two hours at the most. The only time you really lose in the process is the time taken to remove the old heating system. The tankless models will be more time consuming and you could be spending the better part of a day in installation work. As you will have to stop the water supply and electric supply in the immediate area where installation is taking place you need to plan ahead for the likely dislocation in your daily routine.
Why you may need professional help
Doing all the hard work on your own is not impossible but it isn’t practical either. There could be any number of complications in your path and a misstep could land you in serious danger besides compromising the integrity of the machine. That is why it is always better to engage thoroughbred professionals to do the job, and it can be done within a budget that is affordable to the homeowner.