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Water Heater Installation Tips For Every Homeowner

Even the best water heaters have a limited lifespan of about a decade. As a homeowner, this means you will replace a handful of them over your lifetime. 

To ensure you choose the right water heater for the next replacement here are some tips to follow.

Tip: Select a Water Heater Correctly Sized for Your Household

One of the biggest water heater installation mistakes homeowners make is buying an undersized appliance to save some money. While smaller water heaters are less expensive, buying one that's too small makes the appliance work too hard and unnecessarily runs up your power bills.

For example, if you live in a large home with a large family, then you need a bigger water heater than someone living alone in a small one-bedroom home.

Tip: Help Both Your Wallet and the Environment by Buying an Energy Star Rated Water Heater

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a program called the Energy Star Program. The purpose of the Energy Star Program is to promote energy savings to consumers and make it easy to identify appliance options that are energy efficient. 

All appliances sold in the United States that meet the standards set by the EPA's Energy Star Program are labeled as such. When you purchase an appliance with an Energy Star Program label you can be assured it is as energy efficient as possible.

Purchasing energy-efficient appliances lower your monthly power bills. As an added bonus, using less power is always good for the environment.

Tip: Consider Switching to a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are more expensive than traditional tank water heaters. For this reason, many homeowners immediately dismiss them as an option. However, this is very short-sighted, because even though they cost more they save a lot of energy, and each month your power bill will be lower.

As an added bonus, tankless water heaters generally have a lifespan about twice as long as those with big water holding tanks. Over their lifespan, the higher upfront price of a tankless water heater will be recouped with lower monthly power bills.

Tip: Have Your Water Heater Professionally Installed

Finally, while you may be tempted to install your own water heater to save some money, this is rarely advisable. Water heater installation services are one of the most common ways plumbers spend their workday and this is a job for a professional, not a DIY task. 

So, if you are not a plumber, then you should have your new water heater professionally installed by one.

For more information on water heater installation, contact a company near you.