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When Purchasing a Water Heater - What to Look For

Buying water heaters can be a complicated adventure. It is tough to know where to start if you are not a professional plumber. Do you just find your local Denver Plumber and see what they suggest? Do you trust yourself to give better advice than this plumber would give to you? It is a tough call, but we believe knowing a few tips before you even pick up the phone will benefit you in your water heater search here in Denver.

Consumer Reports has an excellent article on the matter here – it does get a bit long, but it is very helpful to understand the difference between types of water heaters, brands of water heaters and features of water heaters.

Some of the things you will want to spend the most time thinking about is how much hot water do you go through in peak periods of the day. For example, will there be 2 people or 6 people taking showers from 6AM to 7:15AM? Is it just one person? Based on stats, most showers are about 10-15 gallons worth of hot water.

According to Consumer Reports:

Most water heaters are sold on the basis of how many gallons they hold. For example, two to four people might use 80 to 85 gallons per day–enough for about three showers, one laundry load, running the dishwasher once, and turning on the faucet nine times. But the first-hour rating (FHR) for storage-tank water heaters and the gallons-per-minute rating (GPM) on tankless water heaters are more important, because they tell you how much hot water the heater can deliver during a set period. A pro can calculate how much you’ll need.

What does this mean to you?

Once you take the time to get educated on your options, you will be able to discuss with a plumber what is best for you and your family. You won’t buy the cheapest with the lowest sticker price because you will be thinking in terms of capacity (if this is for a family), and you may not want the most expensive because the capacity is more than you need.

If you need a new water heater in Denver or just want a quote on a cleaning or repair, please call Sunshine today, we are here to make you smile!

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