Need a new water heater? Here are four questions to ask.

Is your water heater nearing the end of its useful life? Or are you ready to upgrade to a more energy-efficient model? Then it may be time to start looking for a new system.

Here are four things to consider before you begin your search:

Whatā€™s your fuel source?

Most water heaters are powered by electricity, natural gas, or propane. All can supply your family with a reliable flow of hot water, but there are a few key differences.

Electric Water Heaters: If your home is heated by electricity, thereā€™s a good chance your water heater will need to be electric too. They also are a good option when it is complicated or impossible to install the necessary venting for a natural gas or propane gas water heater.

Natural Gas Water Heaters: Natural gas water heaters cost more than electric, but they usually offer savings in the long-run. Depending on local energy prices, natural gas can be one of the most economical ways to heat your homeā€™s water.

Propane Gas Water Heaters: Propane gas water heaters offer all the benefits of natural gas. But since propane burns cleaner, it is a more environmentally-friendly option.

Tankless Water Heater

Tank or tankless?

If itā€™s been a while since you looked at water heaters, you may have noticed that technology has changed. Hereā€™s what you need to know:

Tank Water Heaters: Traditional storage tank water heaters are still the most common type. These units store hot water in an insulated tank. The upfront investment in a storage tank water heater is generally less than for a tankless unit, but efficiency can vary depending on the unit and fuel source. Ask us about our ENERGY STARĀ® certified models!

Tankless Water Heaters: Tankless water heaters do not store heated water. Instead, water passes through a heat exchanger, providing hot water on demand. A tankless water heater can reduce energy consumption, and since the unit is installed on a wall it frees up floor space ā€“ making tankless a great choice for small basements.

Tankless Water Heater

How much hot water does your family use?

Whether itā€™s tank or tankless, the best water heater is one that is reliable, efficient, and worry-free. A water heater that is too small will not be able to keep up with demand, which could decrease your unitā€™s life-expectancy and leave you without hot water when you need it.

Thatā€™s why itā€™s important to understand your hot water needs. Youā€™ll need to consider the size of your family, the type and number of water consuming appliances in your home, as well as your lifestyle.

Sound complicated? Your Relianceā„¢ Home Comfort Advisor can help determine the right water heater for your family and walk you through your options

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Rent or buy?

A water heater is an important investment in your familyā€™s comfort. While buying can make sense for some homeowners, many Canadians prefer the peace of mind and flexibility that comes with renting their water heater from Relianceā„¢:

  • Live support 24 / 7 / 365
  • No charge for repairs
  • Same-day service, including weekends and holidays
  • One affordable, monthly payment

If youā€™ve got more water heater questions, or are ready to learn more about our water heater models, your local Relianceā„¢ Home Comfort Advisor can help. Contact us today.

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