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Top 3 Water Heater Brands, and why you should replace yours

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We take hot water for granted.  We turn on the tap and there it is.  Whether a shower, bath or in the kitchen, we rarely think about the hot water.  Until it doesn’t get hot.  Maybe your hot water heater is getting old and it is time to replace it.  You may want to see what new water heaters have to offer. 

Here is a list of the top 3 water heaters on the market today:

Rheem Water Heaters

Rheem is a well-known American manufacturer of heating, cooling, and water heating products. Established in 1925, Rheem has grown to become one of the largest producers of HVAC equipment and water heaters in the United States.  Rheem is recognized for its commitment to innovation, energy efficiency, and product quality, serving customers across North America and around the world.  According to Forbes, the Rheem Performance Platinum Series Gladiator 50-Gallon Electric Water Heater is one the most highly rated water heaters for its efficiency and advanced features.

Bradford White Water Heaters

Bradford White Corporation is a prominent American manufacturer of water heating, space heating, and storage solutions. Established in 1881, Bradford White has a long history of producing high-quality residential, commercial, and industrial water heaters, boilers, and storage tanks.  Bradford White products are known for their durability, energy efficiency, and performance, making them a trusted choice for homeowners, businesses, and contractors across North America.

AO Smith Water Heaters

AO Smith Corporation is an American manufacturer specializing in water heating systems and water treatment products. Founded in 1874, AO Smith has established itself as a global leader in residential and commercial water heating solutions. The company produces a wide range of water heaters, including tankless, electric, gas, and hybrid models, as well as water treatment systems such as water softeners and filtration units. Known for its innovation, quality, and reliability, AO Smith serves customers worldwide, providing efficient and dependable solutions for their water heating needs.

Things to look for when buying a new water heater

When buying a new water heater, several factors should be considered to ensure you choose the right model for your needs. Here are some key things to look for:

  1. Fuel Type: Water heaters are available in different fuel types, including electric, natural gas, propane, and even solar-powered. Consider the availability and cost of the fuel in your area, as well as energy efficiency ratings, when selecting the appropriate fuel type.

  2. Capacity: Determine the appropriate size or capacity of the water heater based on the needs of your household. Consider factors such as the number of people in your household, peak hot water usage times, and simultaneous water usage for appliances like showers, dishwashers, and washing machines.

  3. Energy Efficiency: Look for energy-efficient models that can help reduce utility bills and environmental impact. Check the Energy Factor (EF) rating for storage tank water heaters and the Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) rating for tankless water heaters to compare energy efficiency.

  4. Warranty: Pay attention to the warranty offered by the manufacturer, including coverage for parts and tank leakage. A longer warranty period can provide peace of mind and potentially save you money on repairs or replacements in the future.

  5. Type of Heater: Decide between traditional storage tank water heaters and tankless (on-demand) water heaters. Tankless water heaters are space-saving and provide continuous hot water, but they may have higher upfront costs. Storage tank water heaters are more affordable upfront but may have higher operating costs and limited hot water capacity.

  6. Installation Requirements: Consider the installation requirements, including available space, venting options, electrical or gas connections, and compatibility with existing plumbing systems. Ensure that the chosen water heater can be installed safely and efficiently in your home.

  7. Brand Reputation: Choose a reputable brand known for reliability, quality construction, and good customer service. Research customer reviews and ratings to gauge the satisfaction levels of existing users with the brand and model you’re considering.

  8. Cost: Compare the upfront cost, operating costs, and potential long-term savings of different water heater models. Consider the total cost of ownership over the lifespan of the unit, including installation, maintenance, and energy expenses.

By carefully considering these factors and conducting thorough research, you can select a water heater that meets your household’s hot water needs efficiently, reliably, and cost-effectively. 

If you need help deciding, contact Mercy Plumbing.  You can talk directly to John who can give you a professional opinion as to which water heater will best fit your needs.

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