Most water heaters can help you save time due to their instant water heating abilities. But with time, they can break down after years of constant use. Sometimes, only a replacement would be an ideal solution for your water heater troubles.

However, the right water heater for your home might be confusing for you, especially if you moved into your house without replacing the unit first. Also, getting the exact model you previously had might not be the best choice, especially if it couldn't handle your household's hot water demand. Here are three things to consider to help you make the right choice when getting a new water heater.   

Tank Capacity 

The size of your household and the number of appliances that need a regular supply of hot water determines the capacity of the water heater you need. Hot water appliances include washing machines and dishwashers.

If you have a small family or fewer appliances, a smaller sized tank should suffice. However, you need a bigger tank for your heater if you have a large family and many appliances that need a constant hot water supply.

To know what capacity of water heater suits your household best, consider the first-hour rating (amount of water hot water used during the busiest hour). The tank you choose should handle this demand without running out of any hot water.  

Replacement Cost 

Before you buy a water heater, you need to first check your budget. Usually, replacing your tank requires you to factor in several expenses. Besides the initial buying cost, there are other associated expenses including installation, fuel, and maintenance. 

These costs vary depending on the type of water heater, model, size, and retailer. For example, a large water heater's buying and installation costs are often higher than a small water heater. Also, a tankless water heater is more expensive than a tank-based water heater.

When comparing the prices of different water heaters, consider their features and cost-effectiveness to determine what option fits your pocket.

Source Of Energy

The type of energy readily available in your home determines the water heater system you will buy. Common sources of energy for water heaters include electricity, natural gas, and solar. You should consider what option works best for you in terms of cost and reliability.

In Australia, solar and natural gas are the most common energy sources for water heaters since the phasing out of electric heaters. Nevertheless, solar water heaters are a good alternative since they don't produce carbon emissions. This eco-friendliness makes solar-powered heaters a good option if you want to protect your immediate environment.

Before you replace your broken water heater system, consider these three factors. But if you need help making the right choice, don't hesitate to contact a local plumber for professional guidance.