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Factors to Consider Before Purchasing a New Water Heater

Last updated 5 years ago

For most homeowners shopping for a new water heater, the major decision to make is the choice between a tankless water heater and a tank-based water heater. If you want to make a decision that you will feel good about for years to come, consider each type in the context of both the benefits it can provide and the costs associated with operating it.


It is helpful to know how much you can spend on a water heater before you make a purchasing decision. When budgeting, it is important to take into account the expected costs of operating and maintaining your hot water heater throughout its lifetime. Tank-based water heaters are often cheaper to buy, but their higher energy usage and maintenance requirements mean that they can cost more than tankless heaters in the long-run.


Traditional water heaters are much larger than tankless models. If you live in an apartment or a small home and space is tight, you may not have room for a tank-based water heater. Tankless water heaters are only a fraction of the size of traditional tank heaters, and they can be mounted on the wall to conserve even more space.

Power Source

If you don’t already know what type of fuel your home is equipped to handle, find out by calling your utility company or home builder. Electricity, fuel oil, natural gas, and propane are the most common sources of water heater fuel, so be sure to find a model that is compatible with your home’s power source.

Energy Efficiency

Some water heaters are rather inefficient, resulting in the unnecessary consumption of energy and water. Consumers who pride themselves on their environmental stewardship will want to keep this in mind when shopping for a new water heater, especially when one considers that tankless water heaters are some of the most energy-efficient models available.

If you are looking to get the best value for your money, the Rinnai tankless heater is for you. To learn more about our status as the largest retail distributor of Rinnai tankless water heaters or enquire about any of the Rinnai tankless accessories we carry, call Wholesale Tankless, Inc. at (877) 278-2253. You can also contact us online with any questions you have.


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