What Does It Mean To Save?
Depending on your situation you could be faced with multiple issues. The first one and most likely the most troubling to deal with on a daily basis is the lack of enough hot water. If you upgrade to a large tank size you may end up paying more monthly charges but you will be saving on time and frustration. It could be that your currently unit lacks the efficiency and effectiveness to handle a family or use as large as what you have. It may end up that your bills are the same.
The second one is the cost savings depending on what type of utility you would be switching to. Switching from gas to electric or from electric to gas could mean significant monthly savings. Further, switching from a tank heater to a tankless water heater could also mean significant monthly savings. However, it all depends on the specifics of your situation.
How To Determine What To Upgrade To?
If you are looking to upgrade you need to answer a few questions first if you need to determine the who, what, where, and why of installing a new water heater.
- What is the current capacity of your water heater?
- What utility makes the water hot, gas or electric?
- Does the unit need to be replaced, broken or inefficient/ineffective?
- Are you just looking to upgrade the system to something better?
- Do you need more hot water for the uses in your home?
- Are you more concerned about your monthly bill?
- Do you know how to dispose of your old water heater? (No not in your backyard)
- Can you reasonably do all of these things yourself or do you need help?
The answers to these questions will help you determine if this is a job that you can handle or if you need a group of licensed and trained professionals that can adequately help you solve your problem. One of the main questions that usually gets overlooked are the installation requirements of the new unit. Going from a gas to an electric or tank to tankless can mean a massive monthly savings.
However, construction and installation codes put out by the city and county change fairly regularly. It could be that the current location of your water heater is no longer a viable option. Your current location may not have the proper venting or the proper electrical wiring to handle the new unit. If you are installing a large volume tank it may be that it just won’t fit in the space desired. If any of these issues come up you don’t want to be caught off guard in the middle of a DIY project.
Can I Do This Myself?
You need to be honest and serious with yourself on your own abilities, expertise, and time available to take on this problem. The longer the problem persists the longer you will be without hot water. At Core Plumbing we are committed to installing quality units that are keyed to the size and requirements of your needs in a fully compliant and safe manner.