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Commercial water heaters come in a much wider variety than residential heaters, which means there are other factors to consider when purchasing or replacing one. Keep reading to learn more about what factors into the cost of a commercial water heater.

Does My Business Need a Commercial Water Heater?

Every business needs a commercial water heater even if it’s just to heat tap water in the bathrooms. However, some commercial spaces such as apartments, hotels, and restaurants require

Every business needs a commercial water heater even if it’s just to heat tap water in the bathrooms. However, some commercial spaces such as apartments, hotels, and restaurants require more hot water than a small retail shop or office.

Selecting a water heater for your business requires careful consideration — the size of the water heater’s tank and heat usage factor into the cost. If either is insufficient, the business won’t have an adequate supply of hot water when it’s needed.

However, installing a water heater that is too large is also problematic. A water heater with a larger tank or heat usage than is required will waste money heating water it doesn’t need. Here are some questions to ask when considering a commercial water heater.

What Storage tank capacity do you need?

Your business needs hot water, and the hot water tank must be able to deliver it to everyone who needs it. A small business may only need a 100-gallon storage tank, while another might need to store 11,000 gallons or more. The size you need will factor into the cost of a commercial water heater.

How much heat capacity do you require?

The way to measure a water heater’s heating capacity is in BTUs (British Thermal Units) per hour. It’s the amount of energy needed to increase the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. Heat input determines the water heater’s recovery rate, which should be at least equal to your business’ dump load.

Dump load is the maximum rate a business can use hot water and is one of the most important factors in determining a water heater’s heat capability.

What factors impact the cost of a commercial water heater?

Several factors account for the cost differences among commercial water heaters. One is their capacity for producing heat, rather than their physical tank size. Other factors can include:

  • Ability to operate a peak capacity for a few hours a day or 24/7
  • The voltage required to power the water heater
  • Manufacturer warranty coverage requirements for installation

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