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What Size Water Heater Tank Do I Need?

June 27, 2023

Calibrating Capacity: Determining Your Ideal Water Heater Size in Los Gatos

When it comes to home comfort, having a steady supply of hot water is a non-negotiable requirement. The choice of a suitable water heater is essential in ensuring this. However, the selection isn’t simply between tankless and traditional, or gas and electric. The size of your water heater tank is crucial to balance your hot water requirements and energy efficiency. United Plumbing, your reliable source for water heater repair, service, installation, and replacement in Los Gatos, is here to guide you through this critical decision.

Understanding Capacity

The capacity of your water heater influences its ability to meet your hot water needs. A too-small unit may not provide enough hot water during peak times, while an oversized one can lead to unnecessary energy consumption and inflated bills.

Factors Influencing Water Heater Size

Household Size

The first factor to consider is the number of people in your home. Naturally, larger families require more hot water due to increased use for showers, laundry, and dishwashing.

Peak Demand

The next factor is your household’s peak hot water demand. If several people tend to shower at the same time or if you run the washing machine while taking a bath, you’ll need a larger water heater to meet these simultaneous demands.

Appliance Needs

Lastly, consider the types of fixtures and appliances in your home. For instance, if you have high-demand appliances like a dishwasher or a whirlpool bathtub, you’ll need a water heater capable of supporting these appliances.

Cracking the Sizing Code

Determining the appropriate water heater size involves calculating your home’s First Hour Rating (FHR), which is the amount of hot water your heater can deliver in a busy hour. The U.S. Department of Energy provides a useful tool to help you calculate your FHR. Once you have your FHR, you can compare it to the FHR listed on your prospective water heater’s EnergyGuide label, which also gives you insights into the unit’s energy efficiency.

Los Gatos’ Go-to for Water Heater Services

United Plumbing is your trusted partner for all your water heater needs in Los Gatos. We offer expert water heater repair, service, installation, and replacement services. Our experienced team is ready to assist you in choosing the correct water heater size for your home, ensuring a consistent hot water supply and optimal energy efficiency.

Navigating the complexities of water heater sizing is crucial to meeting your home’s hot water demands and conserving energy. Consider your family size, peak usage times, and appliance needs when deciding on a water heater size. Need some professional help? Reach out to United Plumbing. Our comprehensive water heater services in Los Gatos are designed to help you make the best choice for your home.

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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.
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2023-11-24
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2023-10-31
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