Though you may be looking forward to replacing your older water heater with a new more efficient high-performance system, many homeowners dread the installation process. Dealing with a contractor you know little about can be stressful as you don’t know whether you can trust an unfamiliar company to help you save money while finding you the most efficient system possible for your home and budget. Sometimes, homeowners cut corners by trying their hand at DIY installation or finding amateur technicians or family friends to do the work for them—which may prove to be a costly mistake later on.
Water heater installation might seem straightforward to some, but in reality it involves a complicated set of measurements and other factors to determine size, placement, efficiency and the type of water heater needed. Installation is not as simple as just hooking up components and turning on the water. First, a technician must decide which size works best in your home based on the layout of your home and plumbing system and the number of people who use hot water on a daily basis.
If a water heater is too small, it won’t be able to get the job done. You may notice that the hot water runs out too soon, and find yourself with a head full of shampoo and only cold water for rinsing, an unpleasant experience for most people. So, it seems as though you should be able to buy one of the largest systems possible and that will ensure you always have hot water, right?
Of course, if you get a system that is larger than you need, you end up paying more. Not only is installation more costly, but so are your monthly expenses. A storage tank water heater keeps water heated at all times, using up gas or electricity throughout the day to do so. A larger tank will need more energy to heat up, which means you may spend far more than you need to every month.