The water heater is the second biggest expense on your electricity bill, right after your home heating costs. That’s why it’s so important to make an informed choice.
Available energy sources
After reading up on the different energy sources available, such as gas water heaters, thermodynamic water heaters, solar water heaters and electric water heaters, you’ve chosen the electric water heater, which requires little space, no ventilation or maintenance.
40 or 60 gallons? Here are some things to consider to help you make the right choice: number of family members, number of bathrooms, number of simultaneous uses and the use of a whirlpool bathtub. The best reference is the tank capacity of your old water heater: did it sufficiently meet your hot water needs?
Warranties and service contracts
There are two types of warranties: the manufacturer’s warranty and the supplier’s warranty. Manufacturers that offer longer-term warranties on their water heaters usually use superior quality materials and design to ensure their products’ reliability. One point to consider: the staff’s availability before and after the sale.
Will you choose a worry-free and mess-free installation carried out by a professional technician in your area or will you choose to install the water heater yourself? This decision will have an impact on the warranty of your water heater. Hardware stores offer standard water heaters, but the installation service is rarely included. You then have to think about the tools you’ll need to acquire if you decide to do it yourself or consider the service fees of a plumber.
Water heater features
The construction, the insulation, the cold water entry, the safety accessories like the safety valves and the drain pan, the anticorrosion parts, the number of elements… these are all factors you need to consider. Ask your local water heater experts for advice to help you better identify these features.
To rent or purchase?
The only thing left is to decide if you’ll rent or purchase your water heater. To do so, we invite you to consult our comparison chart on the advantages of renting vs. purchasing.