What Size Water Heater Do I Need?
Are you in the market for a new hot water heater? Whether you’re building a new home, remodeling an old one, or simply replacing an old unit that’s seen better days, you may be wondering which size water heater is best for your needs.
It’s not unusual for people to have questions about the size of a new unit when they are moving into a bigger home, replacing an old unit that was inadequate, or when their household has grown since they purchased their last hot water heater.
Importance of Having the Right Size Unit
Have you ever taken a cold shower, not because you wanted a cold shower but because the tank ran out of hot water? If this has been happening on a regular basis, it could mean that your current tank is not big enough to keep up with the hot water demands of your household. In fact, if you have to time running the dishwasher and a load of laundry with your showers, this could be an indicator that your unit is too small.
“A properly sized water heater will meet your household’s hot water needs while operating more efficiently. Therefore, before purchasing a water heater, make sure it’s the correct size,” according to energy.gov.
When selecting a new hot water heater for your home, you’ll need to consider what type of unit is best for your home. You’ll want to compare tankless water heaters to solar water heating systems and traditional tank water heaters. To determine the proper size and type of unit for your home, we recommend consulting with our Round Rock plumbers.
To decide on the best unit for your home, you’ll want to consider:
- The size of your household
- The size of your house
- The number of showers in a day
- The peak hour of demand
- How many loads of laundry you wash in a day/week
- How many loads of dishes are washed in a day/week
The best way to select the right size water heater for your home is to consult with a professional plumber. At Excalibur Plumbing, we pride ourselves in our water heater installation and repair services, and we’d be more than happy to help you make the right choice for your needs and budget. Contact us today to get started.