What Size Should My New Water Heater Be?

What Size Should My New Water Heater Be?

If you’re looking into purchasing a new water heater, any old unit won’t do. We think it’s important to put some thought into such a big home investment. That means giving consideration to things like brand, energy efficiency, and, of course, the technicians who install it for you. But also, you’ll need to pay close attention to sizing.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for a water heater. While many homes have a water heater that is about 40 or 50 gallons, that’s not necessarily the right choice for your home.

When a Water Heater Is Too Small

When a water heater tank is too small for the size of your household, you have an obvious problem. Chances are high that the water heater won’t be able to provide sufficient water for all of the members of your household.

Sure, you could all space out your showers throughout the day to make sure you don’t run out of hot water. But that’s a bit of a pain, isn’t it? Besides, the extra wear and tear on a small water heater means a shorter lifespan.

The Problem with a Water Heater That’s Too Large

On the other hand, you don’t want a water heater that’s larger than what you need. First of all, it’s going to cost more to purchase. Second of all, it’s heating up more water than you need throughout the day, which means it will use more energy than you need.

Avoid High Bills

Keep utilities lower and ensure you get the right amount of hot water for your shower by choosing the water heater that’s the right size for your home. How can you do that?

We recommend seeking out the help of a qualified plumber, who can explain all of your options. In general, they’ll recommend a water heater size based on the number of people in your household, though other factors may be considered. Typically, a household of 2-4 people needs a 36-46-gallon tank, but larger households need much more storage.

Contact Allstar Home Services for water heater services and installation in Riverside, CA.


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