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A Comprehensive Guide: What You need to Know Before Buying a Gas Water Heater

December 11, 2023

Introduction:

Investing in a gas water heater is a crucial decision for homeowners, impacting both comfort and utility bills. With numerous options available in the market, it’s essential to make an informed decision. United Plumbing shares valuable insights. Let’s delve into the key points to ensure you’re well-prepared before making this significant purchase.

Proper Sizing Matters:

We emphasize the importance of choosing the right-sized gas water heater for your home. Factors like the number of occupants, peak hot water demand, and the heater’s recovery rate should be considered. A heater that’s too small may leave you with insufficient hot water, while an oversized one can lead to unnecessary energy expenses. Residential buildings typically install water heaters up to 75 gallons.

Proper Sizing Matters

Efficiency and Energy Savings:

Efficiency is a critical aspect of any gas water heater. We discussed the significance of understanding the Energy Factor (EF) and choosing a model with higher efficiency ratings. This not only helps in reducing your carbon footprint but also translates to long-term cost savings on your energy bills.

Ultra low An Ultra Low NOx gas water heater is one that emits a lower level of nitrogen oxide than a standard gas water heater. Some states and municipalities have requirements and standards to limit the maximum amount of NOx emissions for gas water heaters – particularly certain counties in California and in the state of Utah.

California and Utah residents (Utah effective 7/1/18): this water heater does not meet ultra-low NOx (ULN) emissions requirements; regulations prohibit the sale, shipment or installation of this water heater in any air quality district that requires ULN water heaters; please refer to the maps below to confirm if your home is in a district that requires ULN emission water heaters and if so please select an approved ULN model

Venting Options:

Venting is often overlooked but is a crucial consideration for gas water heaters. Our points out the various venting options available, such as atmospheric venting, direct venting, and power venting. The right choice depends on your home’s layout, local building codes, and installation cost considerations.

Venting Options

Tank or Tankless:

Tankless water heaters have gained popularity for their on-demand hot water delivery and energy efficiency. We discussed the pros and cons of tankless heaters compared to traditional tank-style models. Understanding your hot water usage patterns and preferences will help you decide which type is more suitable for your household.

Tank or Tankless

Quality and Brand Reputation:

United Plumbing emphasizes the importance of choosing a reputable brand known for manufacturing reliable and durable gas water heaters. Investing in a quality product might involve a higher upfront cost but can pay off in terms of longevity and reduced maintenance expenses in the long run. for example, we are official dealers of brands such as Rheem, Rood

Conclusion:

United Plumbing provides a wealth of information for anyone considering the purchase of a gas water heater. By carefully considering factors such as sizing, efficiency, venting options, tank or tankless models, brand reputation, and proper installation, homeowners can make a well-informed decision that aligns with their specific needs and budget. Remember, investing time in research and understanding your requirements is crucial for a long-lasting and efficient gas water heating system in your home.

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Our Reviews

Nancy Ghodrat
Nancy Ghodrat
2023-12-09
Bella is very knowledgeable about tankless water heaters. She determined that the heater that I purchased from Amazon was the wrong model. She went above and beyond the call of duty. She drove me in her car to the UPS store so I can return the heater and then drove me to the supplier store in San Jose (Pace Supply) so I can buy the correct one. She is very honest and showed me the wholesale price of the heater and used her coupon to get me the wholesale price. Umed, the technician, is an expert and did a great job installing the unit. He arrived on time, was very polite, and cleaned the area after his work was done. Bella and Umed put the customer first and provided an excellent service. I highly recommend United Plumbing because of Bella and Umed, their honesty, great service and expertise.
Catherine Hu
Catherine Hu
2023-11-24
Technician Beck came on thanksgiving day, working from 3pm till almost 9pm, to replace a new water heater. In the middle of the installment, he even had to go back to his office and pick up new parts. It was very difficult to set up the tubes at my place since the space for the tubes/water heater was limited. Technician was very patient and friendly the whole time. The pipes after Beck’s work are better designed. I am very grateful they are willing to come on a big holiday like thanksgiving, getting the challenging work done without any complaints. Otherwise it would be a cold shower thanksgiving for us. Highly recommend.
DR BLOCK (DRBLOCK)
DR BLOCK (DRBLOCK)
2023-10-31
United was quick to do an inspection and quote to replace our 20 year old tank water heater for a tankless and was able to start the job the same day. Professional and great service and the price was the lowest I received out of 3 or 4. Highly recommend!
gzarris
gzarris
2023-10-30
Quality work. Respectful of the property, and clean. Showed up on time. Alex gave good advice, answered numerous questions and only charged for the work performed per agreement. We will call them again.
Alvin & Mae Reyes
Alvin & Mae Reyes
2023-10-21
Yuri was great! Yuri came to inspect the pipes that were hearing while the water is running but unfortunately we weren’t able to hear anything at the time of the inspection. Yuri was able to install a new faucet in my kids bathroom. If you are looking for a plumbing company use United Plumbing, from the office to the field the service was great! I will definitely use Yuri and United plumbing again in the future.
Eugene Shoykhet
Eugene Shoykhet
2023-10-18
Amazing service for my low water pressure problem. Highly professional and timely
CB Chang
CB Chang
2023-10-07
Very quick responses with quality service, flexibility to adopt schedule change is good. Technician is professional and friendly. Services charge is very reasonable. I will definitely utilize their services in the future.
Anil Nanda (AKN)
Anil Nanda (AKN)
2023-10-03
They are professional. To the point. Fair transaction. And they provide warranty on their work which is great.
ted schram
ted schram
2023-10-03
They were able to come the same day I called. Service was quick and to the point, and the price was reasonable.
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