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Tips for Buying a Water Heater

There are many different types of water heaters available on the market today, including on-demand, tanker coil, conventional storage, solar, and indirect water heaters. In this article, we will offer up some helpful tips to consider when buying a water heater so your next purchase can be the best possible water heater for your home.

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The First Hour Rating (FHR) is a measurement which determines the capacity of a water heater. It refers to the amount of hot water the heater can supply during busy hours. This FHR number appears on the Energy Guide label of all water heaters. When purchasing a new heater, be sure that you look at this number.

How will I know how much capacity I need?

Hopefully, your current hot water heater has an FHR number on it so you can compare what current capacity you are getting and determine if you need more than you’ve had. Remember, the more capacity, the more space the hot water heater will take up. If you’re not sure what type of capacity you will need for your home, give your plumber in Eldersburg, MD a call and ask for their advice.


Once you have chosen the capacity you will need, it’s time to determine what type of efficiency you desire. Look for the most energy efficient heater in the selected fuel category and size capacity you are shopping in. The most accurate way to determine a hot water heater’s efficiency is to look at its Energy Factor (EF). The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater. The product literature always shows the appliance’s EF. If it doesn’t, ask your preferred Eldersburg water heating service for the information or for help with finding the information.


While making a purchase, always calculate the life cycle cost of the appliance: a total of all costs and benefits coupled with the lifetime usage. Cheap prices allure everyone, but it is not advisable to purchase a hot water heater based solely on price. Usually, heaters with low-quality manufacturing are available in the market at cheap prices, and these are expensive to maintain later on. The ones having prolonged warranties cost more, but they save you the maintenance cost.

For more information on hot water heaters, or to have a hot water heater replaced in your home, get in touch with a local water heater service in Eldersburg, MD today! Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating is a leading Eldersburg, MD plumbing professional with the experience and attention to detail to help you get the best hot water heater for your home at an affordable price. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, give Michael Runk a call at 410-781-6791 or fill out the form on our website, today!

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