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Quiz: What Type of Water Heater is Best For You?

Whether you’re looking to save a few dollars on your electric bill by upgrading to a more energy-efficient water heater or you need to replace a model whose tank has rusted, we can help you decide which water heater is best for you.

Broken water heater

1. Which of the following best describes the climate where you live?

a. Temperate year-round
b. Freezing in winter, broiling in summer
c. Generally warm, with the occasional snow
d. Cool and we all the time

2. How many people live in your household

a. Just me
b. Myself and a significant other
c. Myself, my significant other and our (up to three) kid(s)
d. Myself and an extended family of six or more individuals

3. Your existing water heater is powered by ...

a. Electricity
b. Gas
c. Propane, kerosene or other fuel source
d. Renewable energy

4. How would you describe the quality of your water?

a. Hard (high mineral content)
b. Soft (low mineral content)
c. Hard, but we have a water softening system
d. I don’t know.

5. How important to you is it that your new appliance purchases help reduce your utility bills?

a. Very important
b. It would be nice
c. I prefer to take other measures to reduce my usage of water and electricity.
d. I don’t know.

6. How much are you willing to spend up front for a new water heater?

a. $300 – $500
b. $500 – $900
c. Up to $1,000
d. Money is no object. I am willing to pay as much as the best option for my household costs.

7. How long do you anticipate staying in your current home?

a. 1 – 3 years
b. 5 – 8 years
c. For the next decade at least
d. This is our dream house. There’s no way we’re ever moving

Outcomes:

Storage Tank Water Heater
(90-100%)

Most storage tank heaters last about 12 years. The most efficient models are typically powered by gas, but electrical models can be adequate for a smaller household. Storage tank models can cost as little as $350 to $400 and as much as $1,200.

If you’re still not sure which water heater represents the best value for you, talk with one of experts at American Home Shield. We can help you prepare for the inevitable and ensure your house always feels like home: comfortable and secure. 

Tankless Water Heater
(80-89%)

A tankless water heater can last 20 or more years. The average cost for purchasing and installing a tankless system is in excess of $3,000. Tankless systems can typically deliver only 3 to 3.5 gallons per minute, requiring some larger homes to install multiple heaters. Fortunately, tankless systems do not suffer from standby heat loss and are less likely to leak.

If you’re still not sure which water heater represents the best value for you, talk with one of experts at American Home Shield. We can help you prepare for the inevitable and ensure your house always feels like home: comfortable and secure. 

Hybrid/Heat Pump
70-80%

Hybrid/Heat Pump water heaters are the most energy-efficient.They feature computer interfaces that allow homeowners control over water temperature, the heater cycles and cleaning of the heater’s anodes and intake valves. If you have the budget and are limited to an electric option, you might want to research the viability of a hybrid/heat pump hot water heater for your home.

If you’re still not sure which water heater represents the best value for you, talk with one of experts at American Home Shield. We can help you prepare for the inevitable and ensure your house always feels like home: comfortable and secure. 

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