Heating the water in your home for showers, washing dishes, and cooking is important. If the water heater in your home is not working properly, you may need to replace your water heater with a new one. Picking the best replacement for your home is not difficult if you get some help from a professional.
Replacement Water Heater
If you are replacing the existing water heater in your home with a new water heater of the same type, you will need to find a new unit that will fit where the old water heater was. The plumbing and electrical connections must also fit properly and be in the right spot on the water heater.
The best way to know you are getting a new water heater that is right for your situation is to talk with a professional at a plumbing supply or home center. If you have the make and model of the old water heater, the person helping you can use that information to find the right replacement for you.
Hiring a Plumber
Often the best option for replacing the old water heater is to hire a professional plumber. The plumber will bring the replacement water heater to your home after they inspect the old one and determine what they need to do. If any of the plumbing needs adjusting, the plumber can make the required changes for you and install the new water heater for you.
If you are changing from an electric water heater to a gas heater, you may need to also have an electrician come and change some of the wires to the water heater, and the gas company will need to install a new fuel line for you. The plumber can handle most of the installation, but most gas companies require the gas line to be connected and the water heater fired the first time by one of their employees.
Tankless Water Heaters
Another option you may want to consider is a tankless water heater for your home. The system heats the water on demand, saving energy and helping lower the cost of operating the water heater. There are many different tankless systems that you can choose from, but you need to make sure that the tankless system you install is big enough to supply your entire home or ask your plumber about installing several tankless water heaters in the bathroom and kitchen.
The plumber can give you the information you need to make the best decision when the time comes to make the required changes.