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Considerations for Replacing Your Old Water Heater

If your home’s water heater isn’t working properly, you won’t be able to take a comfortable shower or wash your dishes well. Plus, there’s the high utility bills or costly water damage. Choosing a new unit before an inconvenient breakdown will keep your family comfortable and give you plenty of time to decide. When replacing the old water heater in your home, consider the type, capacity and efficiency rating.

Water Heater Types

Common types of water heaters include storage, tankless and condensing units. Storage water heaters have insulated storage tanks, and they ensure that the water inside stays above a preset temperature. Even when you’re on vacation or asleep, they keep working.

Tankless, on-demand or instantaneous water heaters only run when you need them. As a result, they’re more efficient. They also last longer and don’t need as much space. They’re more costly, but you can get your investment back through energy savings. You can even increase the value of your home.

Like storage water heaters, condensing natural gas models have a tank. They capture exhaust gases that would usually escape and waste energy. Then they send these gases through a coil where incoming cold water can absorb their heat.


If you have a large family, you’ll need a large storage water heater or more than one tankless model. Otherwise, you won’t be able to do dishes or the laundry while someone else is taking a shower. You could also run out of hot water when everyone is getting ready in the morning.

Efficiency Ratings

Water heaters use Uniform Energy Factors, or UEFs, to measure their efficiency. These ratings consider the amount of hot water a unit can produce and the cost. An efficient water heater will make getting hot water easier and more affordable.

A-Alpha Plumbing her e in Tuscaloosa guarantees 100-percent customer satisfaction. You’ll always get a detailed water heater replacement estimate and honest, friendly communication from our plumbers. For outstanding service, call us anytime at (205) 333-2833.


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