Do you like to do your research and have a plan in place before a problem hits? Is your water heater moving along in years, and you’re starting to wonder if it makes sense to replace sooner rather than later? Start by asking a plumber some basic questions about new water heaters.

How many years of use can I expect from a water heater?
It all depends on the type of water heater you have. Different water heaters have different life expectancies. Where you live, how often its used, water quality, and many other factors also play a role in the life of a water heater. Typically a tank water heater will last 10 to 15 years. If you are approaching the 10 to 15 year mark, installing a new water heater can also give you assurance of not having a crack or lead in the near future, it can also allow you to explore newer, greener options.

What are my water heater options?
Do any type of search for a new water heater and you’ll find you have two options: conventional storage tanks and tankless water heater. The tank type of water heater is still an ideal choice for residential use in some circumstances, and can offer many benefits over tankless water heater options. It may also be time to look at a third option – hybrid water heaters. Your local plumber can show you how each will perform in your home, and what will give you your biggest benefits for your lifestyle.

What is the best capacity to choose for a new water heater?
When you think about capacity of a water heater, more than likely you are thinking about the availability of hot water. How much hot water will be available to you at any point during the day?

A typical tank water heater will hold 40 to 80 gallons of hot water, ready for you when you need it. Tankless water heaters promise to deliver hot water on demand, but how much hot water is available to you still depends on the size of the tankless water heater and how much demand it has. Hybrid water heaters are now giving you another option in how much hot water will be available to you as you demand it. Talk about your needs and requirements with your local plumber, and they can give you the best option for your lifestyle.

How much will it cost?
Though you may be looking for green options, one of the major factors for choosing a new water heater will undoubtedly by cost. If you have no idea how much it normally costs, you can ask your plumber for an estimate. You can also judge it by your expectations. Is going green more important to you than cost? Will you be moving within the next few years? Everyone has his or her own needs and desires. Your local plumber can help you assess your choices with your requirements, and help you make the best choice for you.