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Water Heater Buying Guide
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Plumbing 07/31/13

Water Heater Buying Guide

At Bill Howe, the premier San Diego plumbing company, we know that water heaters come in several varieties, and it is important to identify the kind of water heater you need for your household before buying. In order to help you make the right decision, our professional plumbers in San Diego recommend weighing the pros and cons of each kind.


First, one of the choices you will need to make is whether or not you would like a gas or electric model. The pros of having a gas heater include better insulation and a variety of sizes. Plus, during an electrical outage your hot water production will not be compromised. However, this kind of heater typically requires slightly greater installation costs. Additionally, you will have to make sure that your home or building has a source of gas to power this appliance. Unlike gas water heaters, electric models do not require any type of combustibles or ventilation. Plus, they are easy to maintain and usually cost less at the time of purchase than their gas counterparts. However, electric water heaters are often much more expensive to run.

Tank vs. Tankless

Another factor you will want to take into consideration when choosing a water heater is whether you would like a traditional tank or a newer tankless model. Water heaters with tanks usually require a certain amount of space, and it is important to have room to maneuver around them in order to clean them. Additionally tank water heaters have a limited capacity of hot water and do require time to reheat the tank of water. Tankless water heaters are space-saving and can produce an endless supply of hot water. If the unit is sized properly for your home, you will be able to operate most fixtures in your home at the same time. Because tankless heaters only heat water when three is a demand, there can be a significant energy savings.

Energy Efficiency

One more important consideration is to look at the size, and energy efficient capabilities of each kind of heater. Consider how much space you have and how much money you want to save on your energy bills. Gas water heaters are known for being the most cost effective overall. So if you are looking for this benefit, this type of water heater might be for you.

All in all, it is always a good idea to be sure you have a competent San Diego plumbing company available to you for guidance with this choice. 

As a professional San Diego plumbing company for more than 30 years, we can help you choose the right heater for your home. Plus we have the knowledge, skill and expertise to install your new water heater, making the entire process seamless.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 1-800-Bill-Howe (1-800-245-5469). We promise you’ll be glad you did!


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