California Homeowners Water Heater Guide: Best Size and Type

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Whether your water heater has reached the end of its useful life, doesn’t meet your needs, or you’re simply looking to upgrade to something more efficient, it’s important that the new water heater you choose is the right size and type for your needs. But how do you know the right water heater for your home? Here are some tips to consider before scheduling your hot water heater replacement in Sacramento.

Determining the Right Size

Finding the right size of water heater is the first step in getting the right one for your home. If you get one that’s too small, you’ll find yourself constantly running out of hot water. If it’s too large, you’re paying to keep water hot without needing to use it. While hot water usage varies widely from household to household, you can usually base your hot water tank’s size on the number of bathrooms you have:

  • 1 bathroom – 30 to 40 gallons
  • 1.5 bathrooms – 40 gallons
  • 2 to 3.5 bathrooms – 50 gallons

If your family tends to do a lot of laundry, or otherwise has high hot-water usage outside of the bathroom, you may want to size up. But this will, at the very least, give you a starting point in determining your actual hot water needs.

Gas versus Electric

Typically, whether you get a gas or electric water heater will be based strictly on what kinds of hookups your home has. Though electric water heaters are usually more efficient than gas ones, it’s usually not worth the price of changing your water heater hookups from gas to electric to take advantage of this.

So why do we even mention it? Because you’ll actually need a different size than those listed above if you have an electric water heater. While more efficient, electric water heaters do take a bit longer to heat up the water; this means you’ll want a larger supply available to you, so you’re less likely to be stuck waiting for the water in the tank to get warm. For example, if you have 2 to 3.5 bathrooms and your water heater is electric, you’ll want 66 to 80 gallons instead of 50. If you’re ever uncertain about what size tank you need, we’re happy to consult with you and recommend an appropriate size for your needs.

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Going Tankless

Of course, there’s another option you could consider: getting a tankless water heater. If you elect for a tankless model instead of a standard water heater, you can forego the sizing issues mentioned above. Instead, you’ll need to look at two different sizing factors—flow rate and temperature rise. These two factors impact how much hot water you need at any given time and the difference in temperature between the incoming cold water and the desired temperature of the hot water, respectively. While a bit more complicated to size a tankless water heater properly, we can help you with this and provide you with rapid tankless hot water heater installation in Sacramento so you never run out of hot water again.