Need a New Water Heater but Not Sure Where to Start?

A hot shower.


Purchasing a new water heater can seem like a daunting task. It’s a big investment and one you will live with for many years. So where to start?

First you want to give some thought to the energy source that will be used to heat your water, be it gas, electric, solar or propane. There are several different types of water heaters including traditional storage tank units, tankless, heat pump and solar. Each works differently and not all types work with all energy sources.

Next, consider the amount of hot water your family uses on a daily basis. You want to purchase a unit the meets your needs but isn’t so large that energy is wasted. Our experienced technicians can help you calculate your “first hour rating” used to determine the appropriate sized unit to meet your specific needs.

You also want to give some thought to the energy efficiency rating of the unit you select. As with other appliances and systems, the higher the efficiency rating, the higher the initial purchase price, but with lower energy bills in the long run. Again, these efficiency ratings vary by type of water heater so considering overall usage and your current energy bill is key.

Last, consider the warranty. These can vary widely and are generally tied to the price of the unit. Longer warranteed units tend to have additional features that may or may not be of importance to your requirements. Be sure to check the specifics of the warranty before your purchase.

Contact Haldeman Mechanical today to discuss your specific water heater needs. Our expert technicians are here to help!