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How to Choose a Hot Water System

When it comes to replacing your hot water heater, you need to make sure that you choose the right system for your home and to ensure that you follow any federal regulations that may be in effect. Some governments have put regulations on these purchases in an effort to lower energy consumption. You may need an expert to handle the replacement so that you are sure to get one that is compliant. However, this can be costly and if you want to take care of the issue yourself, here are a few tips to ensure that you are choosing the right one.

Choices, choices, choices

You will definitely find that there are a lot more choices these days when it comes to water systems. You have your traditional tank units and then you have tankless units. The tankless units have gained popularity because they only heat the water that you use so they are more energy efficient and more cost effective over time. There is also a hybrid system that uses the heat surrounding the tank to heat the water.

Size

It will also be important to look into the size of the unit that is coming out in comparison to the size of the one coming in. A lot of the newer units are a little bigger. If you have a tight space, you may need to create additional space for the larger unit. Be sure to leave the proper space around the unit as well. You can consult the installation guide to make sure that you are installing it properly and leaving adequate room around it. If you choose a hybrid water heater that uses the air surrounding the tank to help heat the water, it is essential that you give it enough space.

Can you just get it repaired?

Most of the time, the reason why your unit is not working is because the tank has corroded over time. This is the most common problem when it comes to non-functional water heaters. If this is the case, you will have to replace it. Be aware that almost anytime your unit is not working, that it will need to be replaced. The cost of the repair is usually more than a new unit itself. Plus, with the new energy regulations in a lot of states, the units are almost always replaced.

You can learn more about your options by contacting companies like Affordable Hot Water.