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Does The Size of the Water Heater Matter?

water-heater-sizeConsidering getting a new water heater or upgrading your current model and wondering if it matters what size water heater you should get?

The size of your water heater does matter and there are a few things to decide on when making this decision.

Tank or Tankless Water Heater


Water heaters come in various sizes, but the most important thing to first decide on is it if you want a tank or tankless water heater. Water heaters with tanks are still the more popular decision and are measured by the gallons of water that they hold.

Tankless water heaters are newer on the market, but many people have decided to go tankless when upgrading or in new builds as tankless systems take up less room and can also be energy efficient. Tankless systems heat water as you need it and heat up water as it passes through coils.

While tankless systems are good for smaller apartments or smaller households, they may not work as well if you’d water-heater-sizelike hot water in multiple places at the same time.

Tank Water Heater

If you choose to get a water heater with a tank then you will need to decide what size tank you’d like, based on how much hot water you may need at a given time.

This is usually calculated depending on how many members are in your household and how often you use your water heater.

Households has an effect on Water Heater Size

Most small households will do fine with a 30 or 40 gallon tank, however if your family is larger than 4 you may need to consider getting a 50 or 60 gallon tank.

water-heater-big-gallonsWater heater tanks go up to 80 gallons, however this will take up a lot of space and isn’t necessary for most households.

The best way to determine which size water heater to install is by contacting an expert, like us at AQUA Plumbing Services, LLC they can assess your needs and get you the best water heater for them!