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Choosing A New Water Heater: What Factors Should I Consider?

There will come a time when you have to replace your water heater. Here are some tips on how to choose a water heater and how you should maintain it to extend its life. What Kind Of Energy Does It Use? Water heaters can get its energy from gas, electricity, solar energy, or a combination of methods. Traditional models are gas or electric.
However, with the push for more energy efficiency, solar-powered and hybrid models are becoming popular. Look at the energy ratings on all the models that you are considering to make an informed choice.

Tank Versus Tankless Models

Water heaters that use a storage tank are the most common. The tank size should be determined by the size of your household and how much water you use on the average. You also need to look at how quickly the water heater can heat up water to keep up with your household’s on-going needs.

Tankless water heaters do not store water but heat up water on demand. They are more energy-efficient, but they are limited in how much hot water they can provide to you at a time.

Other Considerations

Your new water heater has to fit into your existing space. If you want a larger tank, be sure that your space can accommodate it. Also, certain water heater models may qualify for government rebates. Take that into account when you try to figure out your out-of-pocket costs.


Every six months, the pressure valve on your water heater should be checked. This valve regulates the water pressure. If it is not working properly, your water heater can over pressurize and explode. We can check your valve to make sure that it is functioning properly and help you release the water pressure if necessary.
The water tank should also be drained every six months. Over time, sediment can build up inside the tank and make your water heater less efficient in heating up water. Sediment can also clog the waterline. After we check the pressure valve, we can help you drain the tank.

Choosing the right water heater for your home is important if you want to save money on your energy cost without sacrificing comfort for your family. We can help you choose the right water tank and maintain it in order to extend its life. With proper maintenance, your new water heater will provide you with many years of reliable service.

Doing some research on a new water heater for your Birmingham home? Call Latta Plumbing at 205-631-6445 today, and get the proper insight on your new water heater choice.