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:

There are a few methods for selecting the proper sized water heater for your home and for your family. The first is by how many gallons of water it holds. A tank that holds 80-85 gallons is thought to be ideal for a family of 2-4 people –this enough for showers, laundry, washing dishes, and several times turn on a faucet. But the other methods include looking at the first hour rating (FHR) and the gallons per minute rating (GPM) and are much more valuable pieces of knowledge because they calculate how the water heater will perform over a set period of time. Working with professionals will help you find the ideal water heater for you.

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!