When buying a new water heater, you should definitely pay attention to the size of the water heater that you are buying. These are a few reasons why this is more important than you might realize.
You'll Want to Have Access to Plenty of Hot Water
If you choose a water heater that is too small, you might find that it will not be able to keep up with your household's demand for hot water. This means that you might run out of hot water while you're in the shower, for example, or you might have to wait a while after someone else takes a shower before you will have access to hot water at all. If you choose a water heater that is appropriately-sized for your home and your family's needs, however, you shouldn't really have to worry about running out of hot water.
You'll Want to Avoid Putting Too Much Strain on Your New Water Heater
Additionally, if you choose a water heater that is not big enough for your home and your family's needs, then your new water heater might end up with a lot of wear and tear. This can lead to the water heater breaking down or not lasting as long as it is supposed to. You can prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your water heater by choosing one that is the correct size for your household.
You May Want to Avoid Plumbing Alterations
If you purchase a water heater that is the same size as the one that you currently have installed in your home, you can actually reduce labor costs and get your unit installed more quickly. This is because some plumbing alterations might need to be done if you choose a water heater of a different size. If you choose a water heater that is similar in height and width to your old water heater, however, installation should be simple.
The size of your water heater does matter. As you'll probably see when you start shopping for water heaters, you can actually find and purchase water heaters in a variety of sizes. Luckily, though, a water heater installation professional can help you determine the water heater size that you need, based on the size of your current water heater and your experiences with it, as well as information about your home and family size. Then, you should be able to purchase and install a water heater that is the right size for your home.
For more information about water heaters, contact a local installation professional.