Water Heater Installation: What Customers Need to Know Prior to Installation

Replacing a water heater is not something you do everyday. It is important for you to know a few things before you sign a contract for a water heater installation. It will save you money and hassle both now and in the future. Victory HVAC Bellingham can help you with any water heater needs you might have.

Deciding what water heater best fits your needs

shutterstock_77747251The easiest way to replace your water heater is to just swap it out for the same kind of unit. But, that may not be the best option in the long run. Here are a few things to consider when selecting a new water heater:

  • Tank versus tankless – You can save up to 50 percent on your water heating costs by switching to an on-demand water heater. A tankless water heater does cost more to install.
  • Gallon capacity – You may want to consider increasing the tank capacity to give you more hot water.
  • Recovery rate – The faster the recovery rate, the more hot water you have available for multiple uses.
  • Dimensions – You may be restricted as to how large a water heater you can put in due to walls, clearances, and drip pan requirements.
  • Energy efficiency rating – The higher the energy efficiency rating, the lower your hot water costs will be over time.

Each of these factors can influence the type of water heater you have installed in your home.


For many households, budget plays a role in deciding what kind of water heater to install. The price can vary quite a bit depending on a couple of factors.

  • Your current water heater vs the new one – Differences between your old and new systems may require plumbing reconfiguration, adding a gas feed, and/or reconfiguring the physical space.
  • Whether the installation needs to be brought up to code – The plumber is legally obligated to bring your new water heater up to current code standards.

If you need to have a water heater installed, contact the Victory HVAC Bellingham experts here at Victory · Heating · Air Conditioning · Plumbing. We serve the Norfolk County area.

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