Investing and installing a new water heater for your business is a significant financial decision. Here’s a list of questions to ask to ensure that you purchase the commercial water heater best suited to your needs.
10 Questions to Ask When Installing a New Water Heater
When the time comes to replace your water heater, you’ll need to make a decision, replace it with a traditional style water heater or switch to a tankless system? Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
1. Should I choose a tankless or traditional commercial water heater?
Ask your plumber to help you decide between tankless and traditional water heater. They will consider your budget, energy conservation concerns, and how much hot water your business will require and present you with the best option.
2. What size tank do you need?
The size you’ll need depends on your businesses’ requirements for hot water. A commercial plumber can help you calculate what you need and recommend the appropriate size.
3. Is the water heater energy efficient?
Most equipment and appliances today are energy efficient. However, technology is continuing to evolve. If you’re getting a higher quality water heater with the latest technology, it will probably be more efficient.
4. How long will installing the new water heater take?
Installing a new water heater can take up to three hours for a certified plumber to remove the old water heater and install the new one. If the plumber runs into unforeseen issues, it could take longer.
5. How do you dispose of the old water heater?
A quality plumbing company will offer to haul off the old water heater and ensure it’s disposed of safely and properly. So you shouldn’t need to worry about it. But, other professional plumbers charge an extra fee for this service, so be sure to ask.
6. What brands are available to me?
Most water heaters producers offer a large variety of commercial water heaters. Some top brands include A.O. Smith and Rheem. Check with your plumber about their recommendations.
7. Do I need preventative maintenance?
Routine maintenance will ensure that your water heater continues to perform at its best for a long time.
8. Does the water heater have a warranty?
It’s highly unlikely you’ll have an issue within the first few years of installing a new water heater. However, be sure you’re protected if the worst happens, or you receive a faulty unit.
Most systems come with a standard warranty of up to five years. Some manufacturers will offer extended warranties for purchase. Be sure to ask about the warranty length and if they offer extended warranties.
9. How much will it cost?
The cost of installing a new water heater depends on the size and type of water heater you choose and the labor costs.
10. Whom should I hire to install the new system?
Installing a new water heater can be dangerous for the untrained person. We recommend calling a professionally trained and licensed plumber to complete the job quickly and correctly.
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