Water Heater Installation
At the end of a long and exhausting day at work, there are few things that feel better than taking a nice, hot shower. As the billowing steam clears out your sinuses and the stream of water massages your aching back, you feel the pressures of the day melt away. But as you stand in the warm spray, you notice that it’s cooling off faster than you had expected. Soon, the hot water is all but gone, and you’re forced to end your shower.
If this scenario sounds familiar, you might be having problems with your water heater. However, if you find that you frequently need water heater repair, or if your tank is over 12 years old, it may be time for a professional water heater installation and replacement.
If you need a new water heater installed, we proudly serve the following locations and their surrounding areas in Montgomery County and Bucks County:
- New Hope
Hot Water Heaters vs. Boilers
Most residents in Bucks County have a water heater in their home to supply hot water throughout the house. This tank heats the water and sends it throughout the house to your sinks and shower, as well as to appliances like your washing machine and dishwasher.
However, if you use a boiler to heat your Lansdale or Warminster home, then you will not have a separate water heater; a boiler does both of these tasks, so there is only need for one unit.
Types of Water Heaters
If you’re looking to purchase a new water heater for installation in your home in Buckingham, Warminster, Hatboro, Ivyland or Doylestown, then you will soon discover that there are a few different types available.
- Tank Water Heaters: A tank-type heater is the most common type of water heater. A large, insulated tank stores and heats the water before distributing it throughout your household.
- Electric Powered: If you use electricity for all the other large appliances in your home in New Hope, including your HVAC unit, your stove, and washer and dryer, then you will likely need an electric water heater. In an electric water heater, the electric current passes through heating elements to keep the water at a temperature specified by the thermostat.
- Gas or Oil Fueled: If you use gas or oil for cooking or to power your heater, then you will likely want a water heater that is powered by the same fuel. Gas-powered water heaters are often, but not always, cheaper to operate than their electric counterparts.
- Tankless Water Heaters: A tankless water heater, also called a point-of-use water heater, does not store large quantities of water in a tank that sits in your basement or utility room; instead, it is installed close to where it will be used, such as the sink or shower. The advantage of this type of heater is that hot water is available almost instantly, so you won’t have to run the water while you wait for it to get hot.
How to Choose a New Water Heater
Water heaters have a lifespan of approximately 8 to 12 years. Since you’re going to be spending anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars (depending on the type of water heater you choose) plus the cost of installation in your New Hope home, you’ll want to take the time to make your decision. You should consider the following factors before making your purchase:
- First-Hour Rating: This is perhaps the most important rating in determining which water heater is right for your Buckingham, Warminster, Hatboro or Ivyland home. What this tells you is how many gallons of water the heater will be able to supply every hour. Why is this such an important number? If everyone in your house takes their showers around the same time every day, then you want to ensure that no one is stuck taking that dreaded cold shower. An average shower uses about 2 gallons of water per minute, so keep that in mind when determining your needs.
- Gallon capacity: While not as important as FHR, the total capacity of the tank should be taken into consideration when purchasing a water heater for installation in your Doylestown or Lansdale home. Make sure that it has a large enough capacity to meet your everyday needs.
- Energy efficiency: When you’re both environmentally and economically conscious, energy efficiency is another rating that you’ll need to consider. The efficiency is rated with an Energy Factors (EF) number. Higher numbers mean that the heater is more efficient. Like other appliances, if a water heater earns a high enough EF (.67 or higher), then it will qualify as a high-efficiency model. These water heaters can use anywhere from 10 to 20 percent less energy, which translates into hundreds of dollars in savings over the lifespan of the unit in your Bucks County home.
At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Doylestown, we are happy to use our extensive knowledge to help you choose the right water heater. We provide expert water heater installation for Bucks County residents in Doylestown and New Hope as well as homeowners in Lansdale, Buckingham, Warminster, Hatboro and Ivyland, and other neighboring communities. Call us today for more information.