Water heating amounts to nearly 20 percent of a home’s energy costs, so when it’s time to replace your water heater, you need to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. But with so many new options out there, what do you need to know when replacing a water heater?

Water Heater1 – What capacity do you need? You can use this handy chart to determine what capacity will best serve your home. How much water you need can also be a factor in determining whether a tankless water heater would work well in your home.

2 – What type do you need? There are many types of water heaters to choose from. Many of them will help cut emissions and utility bills, but cost more up front. For more information on the different options, the Consumer Reports buying guide gives a quick rundown on each type of water heater and recommendations for best use scenarios. If you decide to change things up and install a different type of water heater than the one you are replacing, make sure you have the infrastructure to make that change. You may need to do some retrofitting of pipes and lines to make it happen.

3 – What features do you want/need? When making this purchase, consider the warranty especially. Choose a model that has the longest warranty available. With all the hard water in Phoenix, you may think it’s a good idea to go with a water heater that has an anti-scale feature. Not necessarily. Experts still recommend you choose the one with the longest warranty, which typically means the unit will have a longer or thicker heating element, making it more resistant to scale buildup in the first place.

4 – Who will do the installation? Some folks are the D.I.Y. type and will take on any project. But when it comes to water, you definitely don’t want there to be a leak. At JB Water, we can install any type of water heater you choose, including helping you make a change from a standard tank water heater to a tankless water heater. We’ve got you covered.

When you need to replace your water heater, call the experts at JB Water. We are here to help. We’re more than just plumbers, we have refreshing solutions!