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At some point, every appliance in your Richardson, TX home will reach its maximum lifespan and will need to be replaced, and your water heater is one of them. The average lifespan of a traditional tank water heater is between 8 and 12 years old. When your water heater reaches the end of its lifespan, it won’t function at peak performance. In addition, the water heater can affect your hot water pressure and contaminate your hot water.
If your water heater has reached the end of its lifespan, you will need to have it replaced. Before a new water heater installation, there are several things you should consider. It is best to be well informed before purchasing a new water heater.
#1 Why Kind Of Water Heater Is Best For Your Family?
Before you schedule an appointment for a water heater installation, you need to figure out which type will be best for your family.
There are two types of water heaters to choose from. The first is a traditional tank water heater. This type contains a large tank that heats and stores hot water. The water heater constantly runs to keep the water supply hot. When you turn on the water, it will come from the reserve in the tank.
Conventional water heaters are the least expensive option, but they use more energy than the second option.
The second type is a tankless water heater. This type doesn’t store water in a tank. Instead, the water heats up when you turn on the hot water, providing hot water on demand.
Tankless water heaters are more expensive than tank water heaters; however, they use less energy than a tank water heater because tankless water heaters run only when you turn on the hot water.
When it is time to start planning for a new water heater in your home, you need to decide which type is best for your home and family.
#2 What Size Water Heater Do You Need?
When it is time for a new water heater, you need to figure out the best size water heater for your family’s needs.
If you plan to install a tank water heater, you will need a unit large enough to meet your family’s hot water demand.
A small, 50 to 60-gallon water heater is sufficient for one to three people. A medium 80-gallon water heater will work for three to four people or small families who use a dishwasher and washing machine several times a week. A large 100-gallon water tank is sufficient for a family of four to six people.
It is essential that you choose the correct size water heater for your family’s size. If the water heater is too small, you will run out of hot water frequently. A water heater that is too large for your family size will waste energy and cause a significant increase in your energy bills.
If you are planning a tankless water heater installation, there are three types to choose from.
- Point of use: Point of use tankless systems provide hot water to just one fixture, and it is installed where you need it. Point of use tankless systems are often used for an area outside the house, like a workshop or detached garage.
- Multi-point: A multi-point tankless unit is designed to provide hot water to several adjacent fixtures, such as the bathroom sink and shower.
- Whole-house: Whole-house tankless units provide hot water to every fixture in your Richardson, TX home.
Before scheduling an appointment for water heater installation, you should consider the size of your family and your hot water demand to choose the best water heater for your home and family.
#3 How Long Will the Installation Take
It is best to hire a professional to install your new water heater. Attempting a DIY installation will take much longer than necessary. In addition, a DIY installation will void the warranty, and one mistake could have disastrous consequences.
If you hire a professional to install a traditional tank water heater, the entire installation process should take about three hours. Going with a tankless unit will take a bit longer, but a professional can get the job faster than you could. Plumbers are experts in water heater installation. They install water heaters all the time and can get the job done correctly in a minimal amount of time.
#4 What Will You Do With Your Old Water Heater?
Before the water heater installation process can begin, the old unit needs to be removed and disposed of. If you attempt a DIY installation, you will have to dispose of your old water heater yourself, which can be more complicated than you think. It isn’t easy to figure out the legal way to dispose of an old water heater, and it can be expensive.
Most plumbing companies will dispose of the old unit for you. Some plumbing companies include an extra charge for disposal, and others do it for free. When you hire a professional to handle the new water heater, you won’t need to worry about what to do with the old unit when the new one is installed.
Why Choose bluefrog Plumbing & Drain Of North Dallas?
If the existing water heater in your Richardson, TX home has reached its maximum lifespan, and you need to schedule an appointment for a new water heater installation, contact bluefrog Plumbing & Drain of North Dallas. We are experts in tank and tankless water heater installation and can also handle the maintenance and repairs on your new water heater.
Our plumbers are professionally trained, licensed, and insured. They can help you choose the best type and size water heater for your family’s needs.
We are a full-service plumbing company and offer a variety of services, including:
- Plumbing repairs
- Drain cleaning
- Leak detection
- Water heater installation, maintenance, and repair
- Water filtration system installation
- Repair or replace fixtures
If you have a plumbing issue and we aren’t in the office, don’t panic. We provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are always here when you need us.
To schedule an appointment for a new water heater installation or any other plumbing service, give us a call today.