Is that old water heater nearing the end of its useful life? Is it no longer reliable or does your system struggle to keep with the demands of your family? Has it given up the ghost or do you think it is just about to? The good news is that modern water heaters offer way higher performance and levels of efficiency that translate to instant water at exactly the temperature you want but for lower running costs than your old unit. Which means you win big every which way. First, however, you need to choose between natural gas, electric, or propane, and choose the capacity that will satisfy your family's demands. We're here to help you with those communications so you make the right decision and enjoy all the how water your and your family could desire exactly when you want it.
Tankless Water Heaters
While the temptation is always to replace a water heater with the same type of system in order to minimize the retrofitting of plumbing (and possibly electrics) there are huge advantages to tankless water heaters when it comes to efficiency. Let us look at your system and advise you whether you need to continue with a water tank heater or whether you would be wiser to switch to either a gas or an electric tankless heater. There are also hybrid and heat pump systems which offer amazing increases in efficiency which are passed on to you in lower utility bills. Talk to us today to learn more.
Not all water heaters are made equal. As well as their power and energy efficiency (for which we have the results of all the tests) there is also the question of capacity. Popular sizes for water heaters include 40,50, and 55 gallon capacity but there are larger sizes available to answer heavy demand situations. You have to think of more than the bath when you're calculating what you need since a family might hit the bath, a shower, the dishwasher all at the same time. It's not unusual to require more than 100 gallons of hot water a day. But that doesn't mean that you need a 100 gallon tank. When we calculate the capacity you need we don't just count heads and multiply by showers, we also take into account key comparative factors called GPM, and FHR.
When looking at replacing your water heater it's important to take into account the GPM – Gallons Per Minute rating. That tells you exactly how much hot water a heater can deliver over a set time and from that we can work with you to calculate which one will be best when it comes to answering your household needs. A single shower, for example needs about 2.5 GPM capacity, a low flow shower unit can get by on 1.5. A bath is going to need 4, and so on.
First Hour Rating tells you how many gallons of hot water a system can deliver in that first hour of operation. We always take into account not just the total daily demand on your hot water system but how much of that will be at a peak time like the start and end of the day and that's where FHR rating comes in.