In a perfect world, appliances would last forever and never need to be replaced. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world, and eventually, every appliance in your Richardson, TX home will have to be replaced. Your water heater is technically an appliance, but it’s also an essential part of your plumbing system because it provides you with hot water. You need hot water to perform many daily household tasks, and your hot water-based appliances rely on hot water to function at peak performance.
#1 Decide What Type of Water Heater to Install
Years ago, tank water heaters were the only option for a water heater installation. Tank units fill with cold water, and it’s heated or stored, so it’s always there for use. The size tank you choose will depend on the size of your family, and the larger your family is, the larger the water tank should be.
Today, you have another option. Tankless water heaters have become very popular over the last decade or so because they have benefits you can’t get with a tank water heater. Tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, so you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water. Also, tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient, saving money on your energy bills. Finally, tankless models are much smaller than tank models and are about the size of a suitcase, and you can hang the unit on the wall, saving a significant amount of floor space.
If you aren’t sure which option is best for you, a professional can go over the pros and cons of each, helping you make an informed decision.
#2 How Large Should the Water Heater Be?
If you decide to install a tank water heater in your home, you’ll need to figure out what size you’ll need before the water heater installation. Water heaters come in several sizes, and the model you choose depends on the size of your family. If you live alone or with another person, you can go with a 23 to 36-gallon model. If two to four people live in your home, a 36 to 46-gallon model will be enough. A 46 to 56-gallon tank is enough for three to five people, and for a family of five, a 56-gallon model will work. If you have more than five people in the home, add ten gallons for each additional person.
If you’re unsure what size will meet your family’s hot water demand, a professional in water heater installation in Richardson, TX, can help.
#3 Energy Efficiency
Energy efficiency is something you need to consider before a water heater installation. You want to choose a model that’s energy efficient because it will be cheaper to run because you’ll save money on your energy bills.
Most tank models today are energy-efficient, but if you’re not sure which models are more energy-efficient than others, a professional in water heater installation can help. If you want a model with maximum energy efficiency, a tankless water heater is the best option.
#4 How Much Will the Installation Cost?
When planning a new water heater installation, it’s best to set a budget. The price of the water heater is part of the cost, and you’ll also have to pay for the installation. If you choose a tank water heater, the installation can cost around $820 or more, depending on the company and if you’re installing the same type of water heater. If you’re switching from electric to gas or oil, or vice versa, the installation will cost more, and a professional in water heater installation can give you an exact figure.
If you’re going from a tank to a tankless model, the installation can cost $1,200 or more.
#5 Who Will Install the Water Heater?
DIY water heater installation isn’t recommended unless you’re a licensed plumber. Plumbers undergo years of training and apprenticeship to learn their craft. Installing a water heater is a complicated job, and if you make one mistake, you could damage the water heater. Also, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you should never work with electricity or natural gas. Finally, most new water heaters come with a warranty, and a DIY installation will void the warranty. If the unit develops problems, you’ll have to pay for the repair yourself.
You should find a licensed plumber with experience installing water heaters. If you choose to install a tankless model, it’s best to ask the plumber if they can install tankless water heaters.
#6 What Will You Do with the Old Water Heater?
When the new water heater is installed in your Richardson, TX home, you’ll need to figure out what to do with the old one. Most plumbers will dispose of the old unit for you, and some charge a disposal fee. It’s best to find out how this works with the plumber you choose, so you’re not surprised when you get the bill and there’s a disposal fee.
Why Choose bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas?
If you need to replace your existing water heater, call Blue Frog Plumbing & Drain of North Dallas. We are a full-service plumbing company and are a member of the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association.
Our plumbers are professionally trained and have the knowledge and skill to handle any plumbing job. If you have a plumbing problem that can’t wait, we provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When you call for emergency service, we’ll get a plumber to your home as quickly as possible to resolve the problem.
We do our best to keep our prices down, and don’t charge a trip fee or overtime charges, and have money-saving coupons on our website for various plumbing services.
To schedule an appointment for any plumbing service, give bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas a call or book online.