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March 01,2019

How to Select a Water Heater

Advancements in manufacturing and technology have greatly increased the variety of water heaters available in the marketplace. While this provides added convenience and more options for homeowners, it can also create a great deal of confusion. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh, we enjoy providing high quality services for local Pennsylvania home and business owners. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the number of choices available for your next water heater installation? Then here are some tips to help you make a final purchasing decision that works best for your families unique circumstances and budget.

Gas vs. Electricity

Both gas and electricity have benefits and limitations, so choosing between one or the other will truly depend on your households unique situation. Gas water heaters will of course require that your home already has natural gas. If not, youll either need to take on the expense of installing a gas line, or opt for an electric model. Gas has been traditionally more affordable long term. However, with the technological improvements in the water heater industry, electric water heaters are becoming more energy efficient than ever before. Electric water heaters are also easier to install and simple to maintain.

Conventional Tank or On Demand

The next determining factor is whether or not you prefer a traditional tank or an on demand water heater unit. On demand varieties are becoming more popular, because they can instantly heat the water to the desired temperature, take up less space and require less overall maintenance and repairs. However, conventional tanks have also come a long way and are affordable, energy efficient and smaller than past models.

Tank Size

If you have decided to choose a water heater system with a traditional tank, then youll need to determine the appropriate size and water holding capacity thats best for your family. The average family of four usually requires a 50-gallon water heater tank or larger to accommodate the entire house. Youll also want to look at the FHR, or first hour rating, when shopping for new water heaters. This number will let you know how much water the model can heat in a designated amount of time. Space considerations are also important. So, make sure that the dimensions of the water heater will fit inside your current closet or basement without the need for renovations.

Need a Water Heater Installation or Repair? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh

Is your family tired of taking cold showers? Are you wondering if a water heater repair or replacement is right for you? Then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh, PA today. Our team of certified, licensed and insured plumbers offer a wide range of services including water heater repair, water heater installation, leak detection, plumbing inspections and more. Our service area includes local Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area communities as well as Cranberry, Ambridge, Butler, Irwin, Canonsburg and Moundsville, West Virginia Contact our office today for more information about related services or to schedule a convenient appointment with a certified plumber in your neighborhood.

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