How often does the average Joe buy a water heater? Hopefully, this is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. For the unlucky souls who have done this multiple times, it is clear there are many things to consider when purchasing hot water heaters in Altoona, PA. For the fortunate homeowners who have never had this experience, following are the W.A.T.E.R. factors to keep in mind as you begin shopping:
- When to buy: Water heaters typically live in dog years. The average life expectancy is eight to 12 years. If your water heater is older than 10 and is experiencing problems, it is most likely time to buy a new one. Of course, this varies by unit. Well-maintained water heaters with high-quality installation could outlive this typical life expectancy. However, leaks or sporadic reliability in an older unit usually indicates the need for a new water heater.
- Assistance: If you are unsure of the age of your water heater or suspect a problem can be repaired, contact professionals for consultation. Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc. can provide a professional inspection and potential repairs. This could save you a lot in the long run if you discover your water heater can be repaired instead of replaced. It could also save you from disaster if the technician informs you that your unit is about to die and you should replace it ASAP.
- Type: Once you have established the need for a new water heater, you will have a few choices for what type to buy. Conventional storage water heaters include a reservoir of hot water. Tankless water heaters do not store the water, but heat it directly. Heat pump water heaters move (pump) heat from place to place to provide hot water. Solar water heaters heat water with heat from the sun. Tankless coil water heaters use your heating system to heat your water. What type is best for you depends on cost, location, usage and other needs specific to your situation.
- Energy source: The type of energy fueling the water heater is a major factor that differentiates the types of units available. This is an important aspect to consider as you choose your water heater. Various types of water heaters are powered by electricity, fuel oil, geothermal energy, natural gas, propane and solar power. Not all options are available for all types of water heaters. If you know how you want to power your unit, this will help narrow the choices.
- Running costs: The energy source greatly affects efficiency and cost of running your water heater. As you weigh the options, consider long-term savings vs. initial investment. A more expensive unit may save money in the long run due to greater efficiency and cheaper fuel. A higher quality unit may also require fewer repairs over the years. For assistance with estimating cost and savings over the life of the unit, contact the experts at Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc.
Is your W.A.T.E.R. hot?
As you use this method to shop for hot water heaters in Altoona, PA, you may have additional questions or concerns. The professionals at Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc. are ready to help. For all of your repair, maintenance and advising needs, call us today.