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    How to Size a Water Heater

    March 19, 2019


    Is your home in need of a new water heater? If so, you don’t want to wait a single day to contact a plumber. The longer you put this off the longer you have to live without hot water.

    While there are many questions to address when shopping for a water heater, here’s one of the most important (and most common): what size water heater is right for my home?

    Sizing a water heater is a technique that matches the capacity of the water source to the needs of the occupants:

    1. For traditional tank water heaters, the primary criteria is hot water storage capacity
    2. For a tankless water heater, it’s important to focus on the hot water flow rate

    The best way to size a water heater is to answer a few key questions about your home and water usage:

    1. How many people live in the home?
    2. How many showers are in the home? Are they often used at the same time?
    3. Is there one or more bathtub in the home? What is the fill capacity?
    4. How many dishwashers and washing machines are in the home? Are they often used at the same time? Are they used when people are showering?

    By answering these questions, you can quickly establish peak demand with an eye toward choosing the right size water heater.

    Is a Tankless Water Heater the Right Choice?

    Tankless water heaters are growing in popularity, thanks to the fact that they never run out of hot water. However, if you don’t choose the right size, the flow rate may not be able to keep up with demand. This could lead to a situation in which the temperature of your water meets your needs, but the flow is a slow trickle.

    If the time has come to install a new water heater, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can visit your home, assess your situation, discuss your budget, and help you choose the option that’s best for you.

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