FAQ – Hot Water Tank

1. Can I upgrade the size of my water heater from 40 gallons to 60 gallons?

Yes. If you are experiencing insufficient hot water due to changes in family size or lifestyle changes, we can replace your 40 gallon water heater with a 60 gallon water heater.

2. Can I downsize of my water heater from 60 gallons to 40 gallons?

Sure. If your current water heater is now too large due to changes in your family size or lifestyle changes, we can replace your 60 gallon water heater with a 40 gallon water heater.

3. Why does it take so long to get hot water to my faucets?

The time it takes to get hot water from the water heater to the faucet depends on the distance the hot water must travel in the pipes. If you have a faucet that is more than 20 feet from the water heater, you may need to run water more than 20 seconds before it comes out hot.

4. Water Heaters Come in a Variety of Sizes?

Both residential gas and electric water heaters come in a variety of sizes but the most common are:

* 40 gallon
* 50 gallon
* 60 gallon
* 75 gallon
* 80 gallon
* 120 gallon

5. When should I change my water heater?

It’s probably most economical to wait until your current water heater is nearing the end of its life. The life span of a water heater can range from four to 13 years (depending on the mineral content of your water, the water quality, usage and other factors). A typical model, however, lasts about seven years. If your water heater is at least seven years old, you may want to start thinking about replacement options so that you’re not forced into a hasty decision when it does quit ? usually without warning!

6. How can I reduce my hot water heating costs?

It’s easier than you may think ? and you don’t have to sacrifice comfort or convenience. No-cost measures include taking a short shower instead of a bath, washing and rinsing clothes in cold water and using the dishwasher only when it’s fully loaded.

Investing a few dollars will generate even more savings. For example, installing low-flow shower heads can reduce hot water consumption by 30 percent. Similarly, water-saving aerators can be installed on kitchen and bathroom faucets. New washers can fix leaky taps, and hot water pipes can be insulated at a small cost. You can also consider insulating the water heater itself (check with the supplier first)

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, make sure it’s energy efficient, since this could be your best opportunity for long-term cost savings.

7. What size of water heater do I need?

This depends on how much hot water your household uses at peak hours ? which is affected by the number of people living in your home and their water-using habits ? and how different models can meet that need. Keep in mind that lack of space may prevent you from installing a large unit even if you want one. And bigger is not necessarily better: installing a unit that’s larger than you need will waste energy and money, since you’ll be heating too much water.