No water heater lasts a lifetime, and running an old boiler could be costly you a lot of money. Newer boilers are far more energy efficient. They will provide hot water and heating at a cost you can afford. When it comes to water heater replacement, getting professional advice is a must. There are many factors to be considered. Below are some of the most important.
Water Heater Replacement Options : Gas or Electric
The vast majority of homes in the UK have a mains gas supply. If you home was built prior to installations, you may be running an electric boiler unnecessarily. Old fashioned electric heaters should be a thing of the past. Energy efficient gas boilers can provide you hot water and heating at a fraction of the cost of using old style electric radiators. So, should you opt for a gas installation or continue with an electric boiler? A combi-boiler is another great choice.
If you are switching over to gas, then you will need to understand that there will be some significant disruption to your home. Gas pipes will need to be fitted, and your home and garden will be disrupted. When installing gas for the first time, you may even have to move out of your home whilst the work is carried out. Also, if you have recently decorated or had a new lawn lain, you may not want to have your home turned upside down. Replacing an electric water heater will be quicker and easier. So, let’s take a look at what you need to know about electric water heaters and how to choose the right one.
Water Heater Replacement Options : Size and Situation of the Tank
If you are constantly cursing your family member because they have used all the hot water, then you may need a bigger tank. There are many different sizes of tanks available. Small tanks are only really suitable for people who live alone or as a couple. A family home needs a larger tank to ensure there is always enough hot water. But, a bigger tank will take up more room. So, where do you put it?
If your water tank is currently in an enclosed cupboard, installing a bigger size may not be an option. This is where you will need to rethink. If your tank is in your loft, then replacing it with a bigger one should not be a problem. But, ensure a roofing contractor looks at your rafters and can tell you that your loft will support the extra weight of a larger tank.
Upgrading your boiler and your heating system will save you money in the long run. It will also improve the energy rating of your home. This will make it easier to sell in the future. So, if you are still running the same small boiler that was giving you cold showers back in the 1980’s, it’s time to get in touch with your local boiler experts. With their advice you will be able to find the perfect new boiler and water heater for your home.