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Choosing Your Replacement Water Heater

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Choosing Your Replacement Water Heater

While our company is held in high regard in the HVAC sector—we actually just received the 2015 Angie’s List Super Service award for the Heating and Air Conditioning category—homeowners in the area are wise to remember that we offer truly exceptional plumbing services, as well.

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One of the most common service requests that we get is for the replacement of a water heater. While you may think that this is a very straightforward process, there are some important decisions to be made. The homeowner must first recognize the need for repair, and then choose his or her new water heater carefully. Here are a few tips to make your water heater replacement in Framingham, MA a complete success, courtesy of the pros here at Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

When to Consider Water Heater Replacement

There are numerous instances in which a homeowner may decide to replace his or her water heater. Of course, this is an obvious choice in the event of a total breakdown. However, you’ll ideally replace your water heater before this point.
Pay attention to your utility bills, and keep your water heater’s age in mind. If you notice that it costs more and more in order to heat water for use throughout your home, especially if it is at or near the end of its projected lifespan, then a replacement may be a good option to consider. If your water heater has never really performed that well, perhaps due to improper sizing, and you can now afford to replace it, that too is a completely reasonable motivator. Finally, keep in mind repair needs and their frequency. If your system is often in need of service, investing in a new system may make more sense financially.

Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home

The tank water heater is still the most popular type of system among homeowners. These water heaters are fairly affordable, and maintaining a reservoir of hot water at all times means that they’re ready for action, even when hot water is needed at multiple points of use. Some homeowners are wary of the standby energy loss that these systems can encounter, though, wherein some of the heat in the water within the tank transfers out to the air surrounding it.
The tankless water heater eliminates this risk entirely, as it completely eliminates the storage tank from the equation. However, tankless water heaters also tend to be a much larger investment than traditional tank models, and they may be more easily overwhelmed at times when demand is high. Ultimately, you’ll have to decide which is right for your home. We’re happy to answer any questions that you may have in order to make that decision confidently.

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