Water Heater FAQs

What size water heater should I get?

  • Water heaters come in different sizes and it depends on your size of living quarters and how many people are using hot water on a daily basis. A normal household with a family of four, two bathrooms, and regular appliances will get by with a 40 gal water heater.

Should I get a gas or electric water heater?

Sometimes you don’t really have a choice. However, if you do, consider the following:

  • Gas water heaters are more efficient because gas is cheaper and makes water hot faster.
  • Gas water heaters have a pilot light and have to be away from flammable liquids since they can pose a fire hazard.
  • Electric water heaters are more expensive to use, however they don’t require gas and flue piping.
  • Electric water heaters come in a lot of different sizes, as small as 3 gallons. They can be installed almost everywhere, such underneath a sink in a little apartment kitchen or a sink in a rest room.

How long does a water heater last?

  • It depends on the model/brand and maintenance of the water heater. A 5 year model will last anywhere from 5-7 years and a 10 year model can last up to 12 years. However, a lot depends on your water quality, and proper installation. You should check your water heater on a regular basis for any rust or corrosions around the valves and pipe connections. That will give you a good idea about the condition your water heater is in.

How do I maintain my water heater?

  • It is good to drain the water heater every now and then. Draining the water heater will clean the bottom of the water heater tank from harmful build ups. These build ups can cause the tank to overheat and shorten its life.

Is there a temperature setting on the water heater?

  • Yes, the normal water temperature setting for a water heater is 120 degrees F. Setting it at this temperature will prevent accidental burns from hot water coming out of the faucet. Some water heater models have a digital temperature control and can be set up to 190 degrees F.

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