Before a Water Heater Installation: Things You Should Know

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Before you get that water heater installed, here are some important things to keep in mind…

1. What type of water heater is suitable for my home?

Understanding the different types of water heaters available is essential. The most common types include tankless, storage tanks, heat pumps, and solar water heaters. Each has its pros and cons, so it’s important to determine which one aligns with your needs, budget, and energy efficiency goals.

2. What size of water heater do I need?

Determining the appropriate size of a water heater is crucial for ensuring you have an adequate supply of hot water. Factors such as the number of people in your household and your water usage patterns should be considered. Consulting with a professional can help you determine the right size for your specific needs.

3. What is the energy efficiency rating of the water heater? 

Energy efficiency is not only beneficial for the environment but also for your wallet. Look for water heaters with high energy efficiency ratings, such as the Energy Star certification. These models can help you save on energy costs in the long run.

4. What is the overall cost, including installation?

In addition to the initial purchase cost, it’s important to consider the overall cost of the water heater, including installation. Obtain detailed quotes from professionals to understand the complete financial commitment.

5. What is the estimated lifespan of the water heater?

Understanding the expected lifespan of a water heater is important for planning and budgeting purposes. Tankless water heaters typically have a longer lifespan compared to storage tank models. Knowing this information can help you make a more informed decision.

6. Does the water heater meet local building codes and regulations? 

Ensure that the water heater you choose complies with the local building codes and regulations. This is important for safety reasons and to avoid any legal issues down the line. A professional can guide you through these requirements.

7. What are the maintenance requirements of the water heater? 

All water heaters require some level of maintenance to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Inquire about the maintenance needs of the model you’re considering. Regular maintenance, such as flushing the tank or descaling the system, can help prevent issues and extend the lifespan of your water heater.

8. Are there any warranty options available?

Warranties provide peace of mind and protection against potential issues. Ask about the warranty options available for the water heater you are considering. It’s recommended to choose a model with a comprehensive warranty that covers both the unit and its components.

9. Can the water heater be integrated with renewable energy sources?

If you have an interest in utilizing renewable energy sources such as solar power, it’s worth asking if the water heater can be integrated with these systems. Some models offer compatibility and can help you reduce your carbon footprint.

Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Water Heater

1. Flush the Tank

Over time, sediment can build up in the bottom of the tank and cause the unit to overheat. This can shorten the lifespan of the unit and lead to expensive repairs. To avoid this, it’s important to flush the tank regularly. Most manufacturers recommend flushing the tank once a year. But if your home has hard water, you probably need to flush it more often.

2. Check the Pressure Relief Valve

The pressure relief valve is a safety feature that helps release pressure if the tank gets too hot. If the valve is damaged or not working properly, it could cause the tank to rupture. It’s important to inspect the pressure relief valve regularly and ensure it works properly. This can be a potentially dangerous repair, so hire a professional, it is not advisable to do it yourself.

3. Test the Water Pressure

If pressure is too high, it can put stress on the tank,  and shorten its lifespan. Normal water pressure in your home should be under 80 psi (50-70 psi is pretty standard). You can test this yourself with a simple pressure gauge.

4. Improve Your Water Quality

Hard water can cause sediment to build up in your water heater, leading to corrosion and shortened lifespan. We recommend installing a water softener or using a filtration system if you have hard water. This will not only extend the life of your water heater, but it will also improve the quality of your water overall.

Get in Touch With H&H Heating and Air Conditioning

At H & H Heating & Air Conditioning, our range of water heaters is chosen from some of the leading names in the industry. We know how important it is to have access to a reliable hot water supply. That is why, whether you need a new water heater replacement or installation or repairs carried out to your existing unit, our experienced team will deliver.


We offer a wide range of gas water heaters, oil, and electric-powered water heaters, and our heating experts will be pleased to recommend the perfect type and size to suit your home. Each of these products promises years of reliable service and is designed to provide you with more hot water for your money.

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